Leonard Leadership Scholars Program

The Leonard Leadership Scholars Program provides personalized leadership development through innovative courses, enriching extra-curricular activities, and challenging service opportunities. The student commitment creates and sustains a strong servant-leader culture. Participants in the program will earn the Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership.

NOTE: This program is only offered to students currently enrolled in a Terry College major.

How to Apply

Complete an online application indicating your demonstrated leadership experience including university activities, community service and work, as well as answer two essay questions.

The online application is open from December 1–January 31. Thirty students are selected annually.

NOTE: If you are a Terry student you may apply to both the Leadership Scholars and the Leadership Fellows programs, but you will ultimately be accepted to only one.

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In addition to coursework, students are required to participate in these activities which reinforce commitment to civic issues, service, and volunteerism.

  • Program Orientation
    Each spring students meet other new members of the program, learn more about program expectations, and formally commit to program requirements.
  • Junior Retreat
    This off-site weekend retreat held in early January focuses on refining personal missions and values, and building deeper relationships with classmates.
  • Scholars Service-Learning Project
    Students work in groups to address a challenge faced by a community organization over a 12-month timespan. Past projects have helped over  38 organizations like the American Heart Association, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Shepherd Center.
  • Ropes Course
    During the fall of their junior year, students will attend a full day ropes course to enhance team building.
  • Corporate Site Visits
    Students visit a company’s headquarters for a day each semester. Typically, students meet with senior level executives who share the company’s leadership mission, learn the company culture, and often tour the premises. Past visits have included Fortune 500 companies like the Coca-Cola Company,  Turner Broadcasting Systems, Delta Airlines, and Walmart.


The core of our curriculum is a set of three required courses that include personal assessments, the study of leadership paradigms, and the application of leadership scholarship to the understanding of self and organizational effectiveness.

Honors Program

Those who participate in UGA’s Honors Program receive honors credit for ILAD courses.


Applicants to this program must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Have completed 45 hours at UGA
  • Will be accepted into the scholars program only if accepted into a Terry major

In addition to these eligibility requirement, applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Academic excellence
  • Demonstrated Leadership experience since finishing high school
  • Commitment to participate in a leadership development program