The LEAD Fellowship
The Leadership Excellence and Academic Development Fellowship is designed to prepare Liberty University undergraduate students to excel with a holistic approach to student development that consists of rigorous guidance through character development, academic support, service learning, and family involvement. The LEAD Fellowship will foster student success through experiential learning opportunities.
Who is the LEAD Fellowship?
The LEAD Fellowship seeks individuals who are first-generation, passionate about diversity, community engagement, and spiritual growth, and are willing to invest what they learn into the university and their respective environments. Our students should be curious, knowledge seekers, prepared to engage in challenging discussions, empathetic, and kind. LEAD seeks to develop just that, strong and integral future leaders.
Being a part of LEAD requires diligence, commitment, and honor. Students should evaluate their current and future obligations to ensure that LEAD is a right fit for their collegiate experience.
*Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher to be accepted.
What is LEAD with Honors?
The Fellowship also offers an additional scholarship for superior academic achievement, known as the “LEAD with Honor” Scholarship. “LEAD with Honor” Scholarship is for LEAD fellows who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and above at the end of each spring semester and have been a fellow for at least one prior semester. This scholarship grants an additional $1,000 per year.
LEAD Fellows must meet the following requirements for the duration of their enrollment at Liberty
- Must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Must attend 2 of 3 seminars per semester, held on Saturday mornings
- Must attend at least 3 Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) events per semester
- Submit a 1-2 page paper at the end of the semester which describes how you are integrating what you are learning into your daily life
- Must be a full-time residential student
Benefits of Being in the LEAD Fellowship
Scholarships will be dispersed based on classification in two equal parts in the fall and spring semester. The amount is determined by cohort and “LEAD with Honor” achievement.
- LEAD Scholarship Range: $1,000-$2,500
- LEAD with Honors: +$1,000
Students will be assigned peer mentors and must agree to meet for one hour when scheduled with their assigned Peer Mentor. All freshman will meet for one hour on a weekly basis.
- Early registration is offered to LEAD students each semester
- LEAD T-shirt
- Graduating LEAD students will have a graduation reception where they will receive a certificate of completion and LEAD medallion
- Priority for OEI trips
- Priority for OEI work-study job opportunities
Application deadline is June 30
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Are you a LEAD Parent?
As a parent, you may often wonder what is going on in your student’s life while they are away from home. You may ask questions like, is my student safe? Are they turning in their homework? Are they eating right? And the questions go on and on. The LEAD Fellowship works hard to keep family involvement as a priority. We want you to know how you can assist your student with their success journey.
Practical Support: Your student is more than likely going to be extremely busy, so don’t be to sad if they don’t respond to your text or phone call. Try to set a schedule weekly or bi-weekly to chat with your student. Additionally, you can check out our Parent & Family Connections Office https://www.liberty.edu/casas/parents/services/ for more information on what parental support our University offers.
Spiritual Support: Prayer is indeed an important key to spiritual support. Also, text your student an encouraging word every so often without the expectation of them responding. I guarantee they read the text, sometimes things just need to sink in. Check out the Office of Spiritual Development to see what spiritual programs your student is a part of https://www.liberty.edu/osd/