Presidential Emerging Leaders Program

The Presidential Emerging Leaders Program is a one-year leadership development program designed to help first-year students create lasting friendships, make meaningful connections across campus, and develop their leadership profiles. Selected students participate in personal leadership development, team building, skill-building sessions, and networking with campus influencers, including University President Troy Paino.

Participants spend the year immersed in various learning opportunities to explore what kind of leader they aspire to be.  Participation in this program will serve as a solid springboard to future engagement opportunities on and off-campus.

This program is open to all majors and requires no prior leadership experience or knowledge. Participants will receive a $500 ($250 at the start of each semester) monetary award to their student account to assist with covering their student bill.

Applications into the program for the 2023-2024 academic year are now open and can be submitted here. Offers will be made on a rolling bases throughout the spring semester. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will discover the many opportunities to get involved in and around campus
  • Participants will explore what kind of leader they aspire to be 
  • Participants will be introduced to the various leadership opportunities available to them on campus.
  • Participants will reflect and learn more about their personal identities and their role in the community.

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