All FLC students can benefit from a Merit online profile.
What is Merit?
Fort Lewis College uses Merit software from readMedia to publicize student achievements and activities on campus – like studying abroad, making the dean’s list, or winning a scholarship. It creates personalized stories about these accomplishments, publishes them in an online profile, and sends them to hometown newspapers. This makes sure students get credit for the good work they’re doing on campus, which helps with summer jobs, internships, and even job interviews and references after graduation.
Why is Merit important for students?
- Merit helps people who make decisions about internships, grad school, and jobs find the “good stuff” about students, and recognizes their accomplishments with badges that show that they’re authentic.
- A Merit profile creates a positive online identity for post-graduation success. 75% of companies research applicants online, and 70% have rejected applicants based on what they found there.
What types of accomplishments will be included?
- Dean's List
- Research paper publishing and conference presentations
- Merit scholarships
- Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
- Honors Convocation recognition
- Student Outdoor Leadership leaders
- Orientation Leaders
- Student Ambassadors
- Study abroad travel and scholarships
- Internships and co-ops
- Conference attendance
- Departmental honor societies
- Varsity sports
- CRLA certified tutors
- National Student Exchange participation
- Leadership of Level 2 & 3 Registered Student Organizations
Can other types of accomplishments be included?
- Yes! While we can only include certain official accomplishments through this process, students will have the ability to add other accomplishments to their profile. They will appear in a different part of the profile, under the heading "Added by student" to differentiate them from the FLC-approved achievements.
- Involvement in Registered Student Organizations, club and intramural sports, on- or off-campus employment, and other achievements can be added by students.
How can you help?
- Yes! If you are in charge of an area listed above, click for information on submitting student names.
- If you have an idea for a formal student accomplishment that isn't included in the list above, email Lindsay Nyquist, manager of FLC's Merit initiatives. The best hometown news releases include multiple students.