President's Leadership Program (PLP) Application

The President’s Leadership Program (PLP) is a two-year, nine-credit, leadership development program that undergraduate students can apply for as early as the Spring Semester of their first year. PLP students participate in cohort-based curricular and co-curricular activities and receive an annual scholarship at least $2,000 a year. The President’s Leadership Program has a vision of leadership as contribution to the community, not an inherent trait that only benefits the individual. We want students to leave the program with the skills to be effective leaders in multiple settings.

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What will be required of me in PLP?

Students in the program are required to Take Lead 100, Lead 200, and Lead 492.  They will be expected to participate in a full-day PLP workshop each fall, participate in a UNC or community organization, and in their second year plan and present leadership training for other UNC students.  PLP students have the option of completing the full LEAD minor.

What will I learn in PLP workshops and LEAD courses?

After completing PLP students will be able to:

Describe and explain diverse ideologies and cultural perspectives of differing leadership styles, theories, and models of leadership and followership. (ILO’s 1a, 1b, 1c, 1e, 2a, 3a)  

Analyze, develop, and communicate modes of effective leadership in multiple settings (small teams, community groups, organizations) (ILO’s 1a, 1b, 1e, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b) 

Evaluate the ethical use of power, including the role of justice in different leadership contexts. (ILO’s 1b, 1c, 2b, 3a, 3b, 3c) 

Will integrate lived experiences into their personal leadership toolkit (?) and develop leadership capabilities. (ILO’s 1a, 1b, 2b, 2c, 2d, 3d, 4a, 4b, 5c)

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Supplemental Questions
  1. Please complete the following short answer questions. For each question, please write 200-500 words.
    • How have your past experiences helped mold you into a leader? What challenges have you experienced that helped you grow?
    • In your second year in the President’s Leadership Program, you will be expected to host workshops and presentations. What topics might you be passionate about presenting and why?
    • Scholars in the President’s Leadership Program are academically driven and are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA. What motivates you to succeed academically? What strategies do you use to achieve academic success?​
    • The President’s Leadership Program is a cohort-based scholarship, meaning that the program develops leadership through community and collaboration. How might you contribute to a group of peers with diverse backgrounds and similar goals?
    • What aspects of the President’s Leadership Program appeal most to you? What leadership skills would you hope to develop in this program?
  2. Please upload a letter of recommendation.