The LEAD Scholars Academy, designed for the first two years at UCF, provides service and experiential opportunities for students to combine in and out of class challenges and learn to understand the inter-relationship of all aspects of a college career. The application process for this program is open to all first time in college students at the beginning of their career and has resulted in high persistence rates of its participants.
The LEAD Scholars Mentor Program pairs students with a professional mentor from UCF or the Orlando community, while providing students with leadership education and development opportunities. Students are required to meet regularly with their mentor, in addition to attending scheduled leadership workshops and meetings with LEAD Scholars Academy staff. The program requires a one-year commitment, during which students will be encouraged to explore career opportunities and also have the option to participate in an academic leadership course.
Transfer and Upper Division Program
The LEAD Scholars Academy U-LEAD initiative provides service-learning leadership programs and courses for upper-division and transfer students. U-LEAD is composed of multiple programs with specialized curricula to meet the various needs of students. Each program is composed of single-semester courses designed for upper division students with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and an interest in service and leadership. Students may participate in one semester or up to four depending upon their interest and availability.
Annual Events and Initiatives
Leadership Week is an initiative coordinated by LEAD Scholars Academy and supported by the UCF Student Government Association and numerous offices and departments throughout the university. Leadership Week was created to identify, recognize, and develop leadership throughout UCF. It is a week of lectures, programs, events, and workshops intended to educate the campus community. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend all events.
The Student Support Foundation-University of Central Florida (SSF-UCF) exists to enrich the campus community through student-facilitated philanthropic support in order to promote the development and participation of UCF students in becoming global citizens and responsible leaders. SSF-UCF serves to also introduce students to the goals of philanthropy work and working collectively to provide opportunities for the campus community at large.
Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.
The LEAD Scholars Academy created this Virtual Leadership Academy to allow all UCF students an opportunity to become engaged in leadership development online at your own pace.