Earn a Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership

A Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership is comprised of a balanced emphasis on leadership development courses, activities, and community service projects. Two programs allow you to earn this certificate, and the Institute for Leadership Advancement facilitates both.

Leonard Leadership Scholars

NOTE: This two-year long program is offered only to Terry College students.

With an emphasis on values-based leadership, Leonard Leadership Scholars acquire the tools necessary to contribute to their organizations and communities while serving as a model for others to follow.

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Leadership Fellows

NOTE: This year-long program is offered to UGA students of all majors.

Leadership Fellows focus on leadership development courses and activities that enhance their understanding and application of leadership principles and prepare them for success in their organizations and communities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply if I am a third-year student?
If you plan to stay in the Terry College for a fifth year to complete your degree, you may apply to the Leonard Leadership Scholars. If you will be graduating in less than two years, apply to the Leadership Fellows program. Anyone with less than a full year (fall and spring) remaining will not be able to complete either program.

Can I study abroad while in an leadership program?
Leonard Leadership Scholars are not allowed to study abroad during the academic year. Leadership Fellows may study abroad anytime their schedule permits.

Is there a fee for these programs?
No, the cost of these programs is underwritten by private donations.

Does ILA provide summer internships?
No, but these programs help prepare you for an internship search.

How do the mandatory ILAD courses count toward my degree requirements?
They count as business electives or as institutional option electives (be sure to check with your department advisor for specific application of these courses to elective requirements).

Are there any prerequisites for ILAD courses?
The only prerequisite is acceptance into an ILA program.

Can I receive Honors credit for the mandatory ILAD courses?
Yes, Honors students enrolled in ILAD 4100 and 5100 will receive Honors Program credit. Honors credit is not awarded for ILAD 5000.

What are the expectations of ILA programs?
The Leonard Leadership Scholar Program will make significant demands on your time beyond coursework, whereas the Leadership Fellows program requirements are limited to the coursework.

The Scholar program's expectations include 8-hours of coursework, a 12-month service learning project, and attendance at a spring orientation, a winter junior retreat and various other events during the two year program. The Fellows program expectations include 7 hours of coursework and attendance at a spring orientation and various other events during the one-year program.

Do I need to apply to the Leonard Leadership Scholars program separate from the Fellows program?
No, both the Scholars and Fellows programs have online applications. If you meet the criteria, you may apply to both programs simultaneously, but will ultimately be accepted into only one program.