President's Leadership Fellows

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 2014 incoming class is now closed. 

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?

Now Available - Applications for Currently Enrolled First Year Students!

Currently enrolled first year students who are interested in leadership and service are invited to apply to join President's Leadership Fellows.  Fill out the President's Leadership Fellows Application form to apply. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Please contact Shannon Calega, program director, at (813) 257-3139 or with questions.  

Excellent entering freshmen admitted to the University for Fall 2015 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 beginning in November 2014. Please contact Shannon Calega, program director, at (813) 257-3139 or with questions.