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Martha T. Nesbitt Leadership Program

Premier Leadership Experience for Incoming UNG Students & $1,500 Scholarship. Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are currently being accepted.

The Martha T. Nesbitt Leadership Program recognizes outstanding, incoming students who have achieved previous excellence in leadership and show a great potential to lead at the University of North Georgia. Up to 14 incoming UNG students are selected each year to engage in this exciting leadership experience that helps them develop into leaders for the UNG campus and beyond.

Students in this program will participate in the following:

  • Team engagement and community building activities.
  • Leadership development meetings.
  • Mentoring by UNG Student Leadership staff.
  • Creating a personal leadership commitment.
  • Networking with campus administrators and upper-class UNG student leaders.
All program offerings will be conducted virtually for the Fall 2020 semester, with plans to move to in-person meetings in Spring 2021 if safe practices permit.
Scholarship
Students who are selected for the program will receive a $1500 scholarship, in addition to any other scholarships they have been awarded, including the Hope Scholarship.

Funds will be awarded in two, $750 increments at the beginning of fall and spring semesters. Spring allocation will be contingent upon if fall program expectations are met.

Scholarship Eligibility:

  • Students must be New Freshman admits or Freshman Transfer admits with total earned credits of less than 30 hours beginning in the fall 2020 semester.
  • Students must be Associate Degree and cannot be Dual Enrolled Status.
  • Students must have SAT equal to or higher than an 1100 or an ACT equal to or higher than a 24.
  • Students must have had a high school GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  • Students can be enrolled on any of the UNG campuses admitting Associate Degree Seeking Students.
  • Students must demonstrate leadership potential through their previous student involvement.
Program Application

Applications are being accepted now through July 31, 2020. Students may apply online through UNG Connect.

Program Requirements

Nesbitt Leaders will be expected to uphold the following commitments in order to maintain good standing and receive their full scholarship. Students who fail to do so will be asked to leave the program, and their scholarship will be revoked.

  • Attend NLP Virtual Orientation on Friday, August 21 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. via Microsoft Teams 
  • Attend all NLP program meetings (all meetings will take place on Fridays from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. and will be virtual in the fall, with rotating virtual and in-person meetings in the spring): 
    • September 4, 2020 (virtual) 
    • September 18, 2020 (virtual) 
    • October 2, 2020 (virtual) 
    • October 16, 2020 (virtual) 
    • October 30, 2020 (virtual) 
    • November 13, 2020 (virtual) 
    • January 15, 2021 (Oconee; in-person) 
    • January 29, 2021 (virtual) 
    • February 12, 2021 (Gainesville; in-person) 
    • February 26, 2021 (virtual) 
    • March 12, 2021 (Oconee; in-person) 
    • March 26, 2021 (virtual) 
  • As an individual, participate in reflection and develop a personal leadership commitment that will be shared at the End of Year Celebration. 
  • Attend the Spring End of Year Celebration, Friday, April 9, 2021 (Gainesville, 1-3 p.m.)
Maintaining Membership in the Program

Leadership scholars must maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and meet all of the expectations listed. If a student’s GPA drops below 3.2 or if the other expectations are not met, they will meet with a member of the program’s advisory committee to determine the course of action, which could include dismissal from the program.

Benefits of the Program
By the end of the program, Nesbitt Leaders will be able to:
  • Articulate their personal core values. (Consciousness of Self)
  • Discuss their personal leadership style. (Consciousness of Self)
  • Examine their own and others' intrinsic and extrinsic motivations as leaders. (Congruence)
  • Identify their own personal identities and how their identities shape their leadership and followership. (Consciousness of Self)
  • Integrate their lived experiences into their leadership development process. (Commitment)

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