First-Year Academic Programs
The LEAD Scholars Academy, designed for the first two years at UCF, provides academic, 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.
Mentor Program Track
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.
Third and Fourth-Year Leadership Tracks
Lead Out Loud is an experiential program that focuses on the leadership development of multicultural students at the University of Central Florida. This program promises to enhance leadership skills, strengthen life skills and encourage positional leadership in this population of students at UCF. These are essential learning outcomes for students who will not only be retained by the university, but will be able to serve as effective leaders on campus and in the community.
Inspire Women’s Leadership Program (created in Fall 2008) aims to provide leadership enhancement and empowerment opportunities for UCF women students. Through networking, mentoring, personal development, and experiential training, UCF women students will be prepared to hold various leadership positions on campus and in the work arena.
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.
This track is intended for UCF students during their last two years of academic classwork who have a passion for the community, civic engagement and/or civic responsibility.
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.
The Global Leadership Track is intended for students who have a strong interest in international and global issues. Students will develop their leadership skills through curricular and co-curricular experiences, including Leadership Studies courses, zero credit hour independent study research classes, and internationally-focused service opportunities. This track will encourage students to think about their understanding of leadership, and challenges students to become more globally-minded citizens and leaders.
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.