Welcome to the LEAD Scholars Academy at UCF. Our focus is to provide a variety of leadership development options that recognize students have different needs, time constraints, and levels of interest. Our programs give students various opportunities to learn more about themselves, develop new leadership skills, and become student leaders through programs and events, including campus-wide leadership workshops, leadership retreats, and leadership conferences.
News & Announcements
Schedule of events for 2017 Assessment Week.
(Orlando, FL) – The UCF Chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success recently inducted 155 members bringing its total inducted membership to 1708. Inducted members complete a leadership program consisting of an orientation, a leadership training day, 3 speaker broadcasts, 3 success networking team meetings and an induction ceremony where they receive their Certificate of Leadership Training.
The Society is one of the nation's largest leadership honor society. Students are selected for membership based on class status and gpa. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. Membership is for a lifetime and provides access to benefits including scholarships and awards, exclusive on-campus events, employer recruitment through an online job bank, discounts on computers, textbooks, grad school prep courses, insurance and much more.
Currently, the UCF Society Chapter has accepted more than 10,000 members. “We’re very proud of our members. The Society has had a significant impact on our campus, inspiring our students to become better leaders, and helping them build a better future for themselves, the campus and their respective communities,” Stacey Malaret, Advisor. The UCF Society Chapter also co-sponsored Leadership Week this year.
About The National Society of Leadership and Success:
The National Society of Leadership and Success was founded in 2001 to build a community of like-minded, success oriented leaders who come together to help one another succeed. The Society offers interactive broadcasts with the nation’s best speakers, training in goal setting, and team meetings in which students set and hold each other accountable for achieving goals. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 475 college and university campuses nationwide and serves more than 450,000 members. For more information, please visit www.societyleadership.org. Follow the Society on Twitter @theNSLS and Like on Facebook.
Stacey Malaret, Director-LEAD Scholars Academy
Seventeen UCF students set off to change the world April 1-3 at Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) national conference at the University of California, Berkeley.
One student group included three Biomedicine majors (second years Andrew Aboujaoude and Jennifer Carvel, and third year Aleis Ghersi). All three are members of the Burnett Honors College and Alexis and Andrew are also students in the LEAD Scholars Academy. Their group “Hearts for the Homeless” seeks to improve the availability of healthcare for the homeless community in Orlando by providing free health screenings that will detect hypertension, one of the deadliest diseases of the homeless demographic. These students were chosen as Resolution Project scholars, a competitive grant competition that chose only 20 teams this year. The group will receive mentoring and $2500 in seed funding for their project.
Andrew Aboujaoude had this to say about his experience. "The LEAD Scholars Academy along with the school-sponsored CGIU conference were excellent ways to turn a dream into a reality. Beside this sincere gratitude, I would like to say that Hearts for the Homeless were extremely honored to represent the homeless community, UCF, and the city of Orlando on the international stage to compete for resources that could help make our college and our community a better place. The feeling of winning is a great feeling, but the feeling of winning for a community is inexpressible! We truly enjoyed the conference and were able to obtain the financial resources and the networking contacts that will one day make Hearts for the Homeless an international social change concept."
This is the second time that UCF students have received the honor of being Resolution Project scholars through CGIU.
Freshman computer science major, Chad Maycumber, also received accolades this year at CGIU. Chad participated in the annual Codeathon computer science competition. He was assigned to a small group of students representing various universities. The Codeathon topic was mental health on college campuses and teams were instructed to create the infrastructure for an app that addresses this issue. Chad’s team tied for first place with their “Be Well” program. This is the first time UCF has had a student participate in the Codeathon competition.
Dr. Stacey Malaret, facilitator for CGIU said, “I am very excited that UCF is providing a platform for student social change initiatives to come to fruition through the CGIU program. Our students have such great ideas and a passion for their community that will benefit from this funding and mentoring.”
The 2016 CGIU project summaries for all seventeen students may be viewed below.
Students may learn more about CGIU here.