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Southern Leaders & Leadership Scholarships


High school students who are driven and ready to step forward to engage in a college career filled with purpose are encouraged to apply to the Southern Leaders Program.  Students in Southern Leaders engage in interactive leadership courses, tackle community issues through service, and develop special projects that leave a lasting positive impact. Freshmen admission into the Southern Leaders program can occur through the MyScholarships application.  Only students that apply for the Southern Leaders Program through the MyScholarships application are eligible for the Lead Scholarship award.  Acceptance into the program is carefully reviewed and only a select number of those accepted will receive leadership scholarships.  

Lead Scholarship

The Lead Scholarship annually awards up to 35 qualified incoming freshmen with a one-time award of $1,000. Qualifying experiences include prior leadership, volunteerism, and enthusiasm to become a leader at Georgia Southern University.  The Lead Scholarship is one way we reward incoming students for their leadership experience prior to coming to Georgia Southern University and for their potential for leadership when they arrive on campus. Georgia Southern University provides an environment where you’ll learn, grow, and develop as a leader.

Southern Leaders & Scholarship Criteria

  • Academic High School GPA of 3.0 or higher (as calculated by the Office of Admissions)
  • Record of extensive high school leadership involvement
  • Record of volunteer community involvement and leadership
  • Personal desire to advance leadership and service experience

In order to be considered for the Southern Leaders Program and program scholarships, students must be both accepted to Georgia Southern and submit a MyScholarships application by February 1, 2021.  All applicants will be reviewed and select qualifying applicants will be invited to participate in the Southern Leaders Leadership Conference & Interview Day held in February 2021 at Georgia Southern University. 

The Southern Leaders Conference & Interview Day is an interview and leadership education event for students who have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA (as calculated by the Office of Admissions), have outstanding leadership in high school, and leadership and involvement in the community through volunteer activities. Those invited to this event will interview for entrance into the Southern Leaders Program, with a select few also receiving scholarships. Attendees will also attend fun and educational sessions on leadership development. In order to be considered, students must be both accepted to Georgia Southern and submit the MyScholarships application by February 1, 2021.  Additional information regarding this event will be sent to eligible students.

Last updated: 3/7/2022