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Martha T. Nesbitt Leadership Program

Premier Leadership Experience for Incoming UNG Students & $1,500 Scholarship. Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are no longer 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.
  • Nesbitt Leadership Project.
  • Networking with campus administrators and upper-class UNG student leaders.
  • Social activities, such as leadership retreat and end of year events.
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 2019 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 for the 2019-2020 academic year are no longer being accepted.

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 Saturday, August 24, 2019 Gainesville, GA (more details to come)
  • Attend all NLP program meetings (all meetings will take place on Fridays from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and will rotate between the Gainesville & Oconee Campuses):
    • September 6, 2019 (Gainesville; in-person)
    • September 20, 2019 (Gainesville/Oconee; video teleconference)
    • October 4, 2019 (Oconee; in-person)
    • October 18, 2019 (Gainesville/Oconee; video teleconference)
    • January 17, 2020 (Oconee; in-person)
    • February 14, 2020 (Gainesville; in-person)
    • March 13, 2020 (Oconee; in-person)
  • Attend the Fall End of Year “Friendsgiving Celebration”, Friday, November 22, 2019 in Gainesville from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • As a team develop, plan, and execute a Community-Building Project at a date/time/location of your choice to be completed by spring 2020
    • The NLP Cohort will plan this activity with support from the Director of Leadership
  • Attend the Spring End of Year Celebration, Friday, April 10, 2020 (Gainesville, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
  • Participate in your campus official Awards Ceremony to be recognized as a graduate of the Nesbitt Leadership Program:
    • Blue & Gold Awards (Gainesville): Monday, April 13, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Gainesville Student Center Robinson Ballroom
    • Blue & Gold Awards (Cumming, Blue Ridge, and Dahlonega): Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Dahlonega Hoag Student Center Auditorium
    • Honors Day (Oconee): Time/Date/Location will be updated here when announced
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, 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.

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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