The Academy Experience

Leading Yourself……. Freshman and Sophomore Years (Making Good Decisions)

  • Seminars on professionalism, writing, leadership, diversity, budgeting, and business etiquette
  • Attend academic, social, and sporting activities on campus and in the community

Leading Others……. Junior and Senior Years (Developing Leadership Characteristics)

  • Leadership in student organizations, class projects, and service activities
  • Add one additional experience: internship, externship, double major, certificate program, study abroad, or international student exchange

Who can join the academy?

  • First-year students who have declared a business major
  • Information about the academy is shared during the summer orientation sessions

What will academy participants experience?

  • Professional seminars given by UWG faculty/staff and guest speakers who are current leaders in various organizations
  • Opportunities to attend campus events with academy participants
  • Mentorship from current Richards College students during your freshman year
  • Competitive opportunities for awards, recognitions, etc.

When does the academy meet?

  • One Friday a month, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What happens after the first year?

  • Academy students will discuss their experiential learning activities with their academic advisors (internship, double major or minor, certificate program, study abroad, international student exchange, or undergraduate research)
  • Students will have an opportunity to be involved in additional career and leadership training
  • Interested students will also have an opportunity to become peer mentors for the next academy class

 Katlyn Bradshaw - Richards College Fellow

Richards College Fellows

Students who successfully complete the freshman year programming, additional training opportunities, and the “plus one” additional experience will qualify for the “Richards College Fellow” distinction. All Richards College Fellows will be given medallions to wear at graduation to represent their successful Leadership Academy journey.  After applying for graduation, fill out this Richards College Fellow Application form.  Once the application is submitted and evaluated, successful candidates will receive the honor of the Richards College Fellow distinction from the Leadership Academy.