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Martha T. Nesbitt Leadership Program

Premier Leadership Experience for Incoming UNG Students $ $1,500 Scholarship.

Application deadline Friday, July 20, 2018, by 5:00 p.m. EST

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:

  • Ropes Course and other team builders.
  • 6 leadership development meetings.
  • Mentoring by UNG Student Leadership Staff.
  • Community Service.
  • Networking with campus administrators and upper-class UNG student leaders.
  • Social activities, such as leadership retreat and end of year events.

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)


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 2018 semester.
  • 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 5 UNG campuses.
  • Students can be Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree seeking candidates, but cannot be Dual Enrolled Status.
  • Students must demonstrate leadership potential through their previous student involvement.

Application for the Program

For students meeting the scholarship requirements listed above, you can formally apply to the program no later than Friday, July 20 by 5:00 p.m. EST.

Applicants will be reviewed and offered a 30-minute phone interview to occur July 25-27, 2018. Please block these dates on your calendar if you chose to apply.

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 Retreat on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Dahlonega, GA
  • Attend all NLP program meetings (all meetings will take place on Fridays from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; campus location may rotate and travel may be expected):
    • September 7, 2018
    • September 21, 2018
    • October 5, 2018
    • October 19, 2018
    • November 2, 2018
    • November 16, 2018
  • Attend the Fall End of Year Social, Friday, November 30, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Location TBD
  • Participate in the spring Community Service Project, January, Time/Location TBD
  • Participate in 3 hours of mentoring in the spring with a UNG Student Leadership Staff Member (these will be planned in the spring based on your schedule and will take place on your campus).
  • Must verify membership and active engagement in a student organization of your choice by January 2018 (or earlier).
  • Attend the Spring End of Year Celebration, Friday, April 5, 2019 (Time/Location TBD)
  • Participate in your campus official Awards Ceremony to be recognized as a graduate of the Nesbitt Leadership Program:
    • Blue & Gold Awards (Gainesville): Monday, April 15, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Gainesville Student Center Robinson Ballroom
    • Blue & Gold Awards (Cumming, Blue Ridge, and Dahlonega): Wednesday, April 17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Dahlonega Hoag Student Center Auditorium
    • Honors Day (Oconee): Time/Date/Location TBD

Encouraged Leadership Activities

  • Attend Convocation
    • Gainesville Campus- Monday, August 27, 12:00 p.m., Gym
    • Oconee Campus- Wednesday, August 22, 12:00 p.m., 522
    • Cumming Campus- Wednesday, August 29, 12:00 pm., Pavilion
  • Attend UNG Student Conference on Leadership, Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Gainesville Campus, Nesbitt Ballroom
  • Participate in the Leadership Book Club

Maintaining Membership in the Program

Leadership scholars must maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and meet all of the expectations listed above.

If a student’s GPA drops below 3.2 or if the other expectations are not met, he or she will meet with a member of the Program’s Advisory Committee to determine the course of action, which could include dismissal from the program.

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