Learning Opportunities

Every year, TRHLP scholars are presented with a number of mandatory and non-mandatory opportunities to enhance their overall learning and leadership experiences while students at Dickinson State. 

Some of these experiences take place on campus, while others take place at a number of sites around the state, country, and even the world. Some of these special opportunities include the Professional Development Workshop, prominent guest speakers, study tours, conferences, campus research presentations, and opportunities for study and service around the nation and abroad. Some of these opportunities include: 

Theodore Roosevelt Symposium

Every year, the Theodore Roosevelt Center at DSU hosts the Theodore Roosevelt Symposium.  This event includes a nationally-recognized keynote speaker, a series of lectures by prominent Roosevelt scholars, and panel discussions on different areas of Theodore Roosevelt's life.  TRHLP scholars not only get the opportunity to enjoy these presentations, but also are involved in different aspects of the symposium themselves 

Professional Development Workshop

A new initiative within the TRHLP is the offering of the Professional Development Workshop, which takes place on campus every spring and features area business leaders.  During this workshop, students will learn "real world" lessons to better prepare them for careers as professionals.  To graduate with TR Distinction, every student must attend the Professional Development Workshop once. 

Study Tours

The TRHLP arranges a study tour every semester to allow TRHLP scholars to engage in topics that impact the community and the region, as well as topics that broaden the experiences of our students.  Recent study tours have included trips to Medora as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Symposium, and the Oil Country Tour through the nearby Bakken Oilfield.  The Study Tour counts as one of the credits required to graduate with a Leadership Studies minor. 

Service and Study Abroad

The TRHLP offers a number of opportunities for students to travel around the world to study or to participate in service projects.  Some recent service projects include the Pay it Forward Tour, which gives students the opportunity to participate in a number of service projects at locations throughout the United States during spring break, and the God's Child Project where students build homes for families in Guatemala.  In recent years, TRHLP scholars have also taken advantage of the opportunity to study in Russia, England, Costa Rica, and China. 


Every year, a number of TRHLP scholars present at the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference, which involves honors students from universities around the nation. 

Student Leadership Opportunities 

Student Assistant Directors

Those who serve as a Student Assistant Director serve as a student representative in the administration of the program. Their responsibilities include planning and running all student meetings, events, and activities. They also help mentor the Theodore Roosevelt Executive Committee (TREC) and assist the Program Director and Office Manager. 

Theodore Roosevelt Executive Committee

Student representatives from each class encourage positive participation, oversee student initiatives, and organize student events. The executive committee helps shape the program and ensures continuous improvement. 

KIVA Committee

KIVA is a micro lending system for individuals in third-world countries. This committee is involved with raising funds for the TRHLP account and distrusting those funds to individuals in need. 

Mentoring Program

Each year, a number of returning TRHLP scholars volunteer to mentor incoming freshman to help ease their transition into the TRHLP and college life.