Application Requirements

Before you begin, please ensure that you have the following documents ready to upload:

Resume Rubric

Complete the attached form to highlight your leadership, academics, and service experiences during your high school years. Describe your club involvement, your leadership positions, academic honors, CLEP/IB/AP/AICE/dual enrollment courses, and actual amount of community service hours for each service involvement activity. Service hours need not be verified through your high school, but must be verifiable through an organization (i.e. Red Cross, Key Club, etc.)

If you submit a resume other than the provided form below, we will not process your application until we receive this completed rubric.

Steps to compete rubric:

  1. Download the resume rubric here.
  2. Save document.
  3. Input all pertinent information.
  4. Upload document.


Answer the following prompt:

Describe a community service project OR a leadership experience that has required a sustained commitment for a period of time. Please include:

  1. the specific leadership actions that you performed in this project,
  2. an explanation of your motivation, and
  3. a reflection of your experience and the impact that resulted.

You are strongly encouraged to be creative in your project submission. You can use:

  • PowerPoint or Prezi (15 slides max)
  • Movie/YouTube/Video (5 minutes max)
  • Essay (500-1000 words max, 12pt font, Times New Roman, 1-inch margins, double-spaced, header needs
    to specify which of the two topics you are answering)

If you have a URL for your project (Prezi, YouTube, etc.), please paste the link into a Word document and upload the document as your project in the following submission page. If you are having issues uploading, email us at



Choose one (1) of the following four (4) prompts. Essays should be 500-1000 words, in 12pt Times New Roman font, have 1-inch margins, and be double-spaced. Please include your chosen prompt and your name in the header of the essay.

  1. Reflect on a time during your leadership experience when not everything turned out as you expected. Knowing what you know now, what could you have done differently?
  2. The world around us is always changing, and it is those with passion who create positive social change. Do you see a social area or issue you think needs more recognition in your community or in society? If so, how could you bring awareness to it on UCF’s campus?
  3. Choose a quote about leadership that resonates with your leadership style. Reflect on a leadership experience that supports your choice.
  4. What kind of person or event has shaped you to be the person you are today? How has that experience impacted your perception of leadership?

Letter of Recommendation (Optional)

The letter of recommendation should be from a high school administrator (principal, vice principal, guidance counselor, student council advisor, program or organization advisor) or a community advisor who can attest to your leadership experience. In lieu of a letter, you may also use the standard evaluation form. ) If you don’t have your letter of recommendation at the time of submission and would like to submit one later, feel free to email it to us at

To succeed as a LEAD Scholar, you must uphold each and every tenant of the UCF Creed, and to submit an application to the LEAD Scholars Academy, you must first and foremost uphold the tenant of Integrity. Failure to submit your own, original work or having someone apply on your behalf will not help you gain admittance to the program or in your future endeavors.

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