Emerging Leaders Program

Overview

The Emerging Leaders Program is a first-year program that engages student leaders in learning the foundations of leadership development. This program is designed to give you an instant connection to campus life here at West Georgia. Emerging Leaders commit to responsible leadership on-campus and in the community and develop skills to be successful leaders in their academic, co-curricular, and social lives.

Through the required activities, students connect to campus and learn basic and some intermediate leadership skills that can be used both on-campus and off. Past ELP participants have become leaders on campus, from Orientation Leaders to the presidents of various student organizations, including Student Government Association. 


Eligibility

Students entering UWG as a first-time freshman in Fall of 2016 are eligible to apply to be in the 2016 Emerging Leaders Program. Students must also have at least a 2.75 UWG adjusted high school GPA.


Application Process

There are a limited number of seats still available for the 2015 Emerging Leaders Program. Spots are given on a first-come, first-serve basis as applicants are selected. The first round of selections will begin at the end of January 2016.

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Students who apply for the Emerging Leaders Program are also able to apply for the Emerge West Leadership Award. The Emerge West Leadership Awards are given to freshmen who exhibited outstanding leadership skills in high school and show promise in the further development of leadership skills at UWG. Students interested in the Emerge West Leadership Award must fill out a separate application. Please visit westga.edu/scholarships to apply for the Emerge West Leadership Award and other scholarships. Deadline to apply for the Emerge West Leadership Award is February 1, 2016. 


Program Requirements and Activities

Requirements to complete the 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders Program are:

Complete by the end of Fall 2016:

  • Enroll in the Emerging Leaders section of UWG 1101 and complete the course with a C or better (Days/Time TBA)
  • Complete the workshops for the New Student and Personal Leadership Tracks (Tuesdays at 6pm)
  • Attend the Emerging Leaders Fall Retreat (August)
  • Complete the semester with a cumulative GPA of a 2.75 or better

Complete by the end of Spring 2017:

  • Complete the involvement programs for the New Student and Personal Leadership Tracks
  • Attend Lead Weekend (late January or early February)
  • Be an active member in at least one student organization or hold a campus leadership position
  • Attend two meetings with the Coordinator for Student Involvement and Leadership Programs, scheduled individually.
  • Complete the semester with a cumulative GPA of a 2.75 or better

Students who complete all requirements will "graduate" from the Emerging Leaders Program and be recognized at the Student Achievement Awards program held in the Spring.

Any questions regarding the Emerging Leaders Program can be directed to Laura Petrus, Coordinator for Student Involvement and Leadership Programs, at lkeath@westga.edu.