Published: January 11, 2008
The University of Tampa has created a new, highly selective leadership
program designed to engage students with proven leadership abilities
and the commitment to make positive change in their communities.
And UT is looking for the best, most outstanding high school student
leaders to enter the inaugural program as members of the University’s
incoming freshman class.
The President’s Leadership Fellows is
a four-year program in which students work with personal mentors and in
group leadership projects and activities. The program’s focus is on
guiding students toward a future as leaders in the community.
The program is competitive, and participants will be selected each year
from the incoming freshman class. Incoming UT students who have
demonstrated active participation in leadership or volunteering
activities during high school in addition to meeting a set of academic
requirements will be encouraged to apply.
“It’s a higher
commitment level for students,” said Kim Northup, assistant director of
leadership engagement. “By committing to this, they’re committing a lot
of time to the program.”
Upon enrolling at the University,
participants will engage in a variety of periodic leadership projects
and activities. In year one, students partake in workshops and
activities focused on their sense of “self” and individual leadership
styles and abilities. The second year focuses on group leadership,
which includes a day spent on a leadership challenge ropes course among
other team-focused activities.
Perhaps the program’s most
notable project occurs in the third year, when students are tasked with
working together to identify and bring change to a certain issue. The
project could be focused on any number of community issues such as
homelessness, environmental waste, etc.
“They must look at the
issue as a group and try to impact that issue in some way,” Northup
said. “It could be an environmental issue. It could be a community
issue. It could be something on our campus.”
continue to build on the community change project in the fourth year as
the focus of the program shifts to an examination of global leadership
and how global influences affect the group’s chosen issue. In this
year, each student also becomes a mentor to an incoming freshman
Students who commit to the program will be
recognized with a $1,000 yearly scholarship, in addition to other
financial assistance the student may be qualified for.
President Ronald L. Vaughn said that while The University of Tampa is
known for developing community leaders, this program will expand
leadership opportunities for students and help recruit prospective
students who are committed to leadership.
to be effective leaders, while also educating them in the classroom and
the community, will continue to be a high priority for The University
of Tampa,” Vaughn said.
More information on the President’s Leadership Fellows, including information on how to apply, can be found at