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President's Leadership Program

The President’s Leadership Program (PLP) is a two-year scholarship program offered to associate degree seeking students on the Cumming, Gainesville, and Oconee campuses. It is designed to give participants opportunities to experience leadership as broadly as possible.

These opportunities include studying the concept of leadership in the classroom, watching college and community leaders at work, and developing their own leadership skills through campus involvement and coordination of projects.

Leadership Scholars will personally interact with university and community leaders through monthly meetings and student organization involvement.

Benefits of the Program

  • Opportunity to build close relationships with other student members of the program and the advisors
  • Meeting and regularly interacting with university leaders
  • Access to involvement opportunities at the university
  • Networking with university and community leaders
  • Assistance with the transition to the university through interactions with other UNG students, faculty, and staff


Students who are selected for the program will receive a $1000 scholarship, in addition to any other scholarships they have been awarded, including the Hope Scholarship.

Funds will be awarded in $250 increments at the mid-point and end of fall and spring semesters if program expectations are met.

The scholarship is renewable for the second year, if the participant successfully meets all program expectations.

Application for the Program

New students accepted for admission to the University of North Georgia for the spring, summer or fall semester who have a 3.2 or above overall high school GPA and a minimum combined SAT score of 1100 (Critical Reading and Math only) or an ACT composite score of 24 are eligible to apply for membership in the Leadership Program. Applicants must also be associate degree seeking students on the Cumming, Gainesville, or Oconee campuses.

Expectation of Participants

Both Years

  • Attend Retreat (Pine Valley, Dahlonega, GA) in August
  • Attend one meeting per month of the Leadership Scholars (these will occur on Fridays from 1-3pm and some meetings will require travel as we host on opposite campuses)
  • Read and participate in the Leadership Book Club selected for the year
  • Participate in the UNG Student Conference on Leadership (on the Gainesville Campus) in October
  • Attend UGA Student Leadership Conference in February
  • Create a Cover Letter and Resume through consultation with Career Services
  • Attend additional workshops related to Leadership Development each semester (see your campus advisor for approved activities)
  • Attend Convocation on your home campus
  • Complete 10 hours of service learning and submit a reflection via UNG Connect

Year One

  • Serve as an active member of the Student Government Association
  • Assist second year Leadership Scholars in their proposal for the UGA Collegiate Leadership Conference and present if accepted

Year Two

  • Serve as an active member of the Student Government Association or another student organization based on your individual proposal
  • Submit a proposal for the UGA Leadership Conference and present if accepted

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, 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.

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