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Shield Societies

Shield Societies are made up of Doane students of distinction with a shared connection of some kind such as academic major, demographics, spirituality or otherwise. Shield Societies nurture students as they become leaders, fostering an environment of comprehensive development through all aspects of college life.

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Residence Hall Living

During their first year at Doane, students in a Shield Society live in a residence hall with other students in their specific Society. Bringing the students together cultivates a strong sense of community within each Society, and increases social opportunities. This requirement is only in place for a student's first year at Doane.

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Students are expected to maintain a certain level of academic success while in the Shield Society. Students in each Society take specific courses with the other members of their cohort, which deepens their academic experience and contributes to a shared learning experience. 

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Inclusive Scholars, SUCCESS Scholars, and students in the Hansen Leadership Program receive financial support through annual scholarships.

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Certain Shield societies require students to complete community service hours each semester, with the belief that students who serve their community develop personal and social responsibility.

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Hansen Leadership Program Scholars

The Hansen Leadership Program (HLP), named after Zenon C.R. Hansen, has been developing student leaders at Doane since 1994. Each year, 40 incoming students with a desire to develop their leadership skills are selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship and live in Hansen Leadership Hall. HLP supports students through their leadership identity development while at Doane, with the goal of preparing students to use their skills in their workplace and communities after graduation.

SUCCESS Scholars

The Sustaining Undergraduate Classroom and Career Excellence for STEM Students (SUCCESS) program provides scholarships, research stipends, and programmatic support to help 10 new students each year as they pursue majors in selected STEM fields. Over their four years at Doane, these students have access to close mentoring relationships, customized courses, and research experiences that will lay a foundation for their future careers in STEM careers. 

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Inclusive Scholars

Inclusive Scholars is a peer network that provides a multi-year leadership experience to prepare the next generation of difference makers. Over the course of four years, students learn to leverage inclusive excellence to positively impact innovation, equity and engagement where they live and work. The Inclusive Scholars experience facilitates students’ personal and professional success through individual and team community projects, leadership coaching and skills-based workshops. Students admitted to Inclusive Scholars receive scholarships that renew yearly.

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