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Thirty freshman are selected each year as the President’s Leadership Fellows to refine and expand their capacity to lead in a global society through participation in a four-year scholarship program. Those selected to be a part of this prestigious program earn an annual $1,000 scholarship in recognition of their commitment. The application process for the Fall 2016 incoming class is now open. 

Fellows travel through the program as a group, or cohort. Leadership theory is introduced via highly interactive workshops led by faculty, staff and community experts on the specific topics addressed. But this is only part of the equation. Leadership is best learned through personal experience and with the guidance of mentors. Thus, participants are given purposeful opportunities to put their new knowledge to work in student designed and facilitated cross-cohort community meetings, in community service settings and in student organizations.

Three of the four years, fellows are matched with mentors: a senior at UT, a faculty/staff member and a professional in the participants’ field of interest. Finally, students reflect on what they learned both in the workshops and through experience and how their leadership is different as a result. This helps learning last – and prepares graduates of the program to effectively lead in today’s global environment.

Who Should Apply?

Applications for entering freshmen from Fall 2016 are now closed.  Applications for entering freshmen for Fall 2017 will be available starting November 1, 2016.  Excellent entering freshmen admitted to the University for Fall 2017 with an unweighted 3.4 GPA or 1100 SAT (without Writing Test) or 24 composite ACT, who are active leaders and volunteers in their high schools and/or communities, are invited to apply.  For questions, please contact the program advisor, Shannon Calega, at or (813) 257-3139.