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Why Be a LEAD Scholar?
Posted by Adrianne "Dee" Demetry on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 8:33 AM

Information about how LEAD Scholars can assist throughout your college career.

2017 Class Schedule
Posted by Adrianne "Dee" Demetry on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 3:11 PM

Fall 2017 schedule

UCF Hazing Prevention Workshops
Posted by Adrianne "Dee" Demetry on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 1:02 PM

You are invited to attend spring semester workshops on hazing prevention. The topics that will be covered are: hazing behaviors, strategies of prevention, leadership development and group responsibility.

We will offer several of these sessions during Leadership Week 2017 . Participants will have the opportunity to gain leadership values and skills that will prevent hazing behavior at UCF.

All workshops are open to students, faculty and staff.

Brevard Public Schools Hosts the Jefferson Awards Central Florida Leadership Conference
Posted by Victoria Weston on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 4:54 PM

Wilmington, DE September 27, 2016– The Jefferson Awards Foundation, America’s most prestigious and longest standing organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service hosted the 10th annual Students In Action Leadership Conference on Saturday, September 24th at the Brevard Public Schools District Office. This year’s Leadership Conference was designed and facilitated by students from the University of Central Florida LEAD Scholars Academy lead by Faith Burns. The LEAD Scholars Academy is a selective, two year academic leadership development program for students committed to academic excellence and making a difference in the world around them. The scholars make a difference in the UCF and Central Florida community with thousands of hours of community service each year.

The goal of the Students in Action Leadership Conference was to challenge the high school student leaders and develop leadership, communication and problem solving skills while building cross-cultural bonds and preparing them for active, contributing roles in their communities. The students participated in a series of workshops aimed to assist them in leading an action oriented volunteer service culture in their school while sharpening their leadership skills. The workshops centered on teamwork, creating and measuring impact, effective communication, and marketing and using media to promote their service projects. Students also participated in two service projects that benefitted the Crosswinds Youth Services and Nemours Hospital in Orlando.

The event was attended by more than 65 high school students from the following schools: Bayside High School, Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School, Cornerstone Charter Academy, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School, Eustis High School, Leesburg High School, Melbourne High School, and Mount Dora High School.

- About the Jefferson Awards -
The Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) is the country’s longest standing and most prestigious organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service. Through its programs, JAF trains and empowers individuals to serve and lead in their communities, amplifying their impact through the organizations vast network of media partners, mentors and volunteers. To learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation, visit: or engage on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

- About Students In Action -
Students In Action is an intensive leadership training program for middle and high school students designed to build leadership, promote engagement and measure impact. We train core leadership skills, help develop personal service passions and provide the tools for effective, measured and collective service impact. The program is currently operating in over 350 high schools in 13 communities across the country. To learn more about Students In Action visit:

For LEAD Scholars Academic Program Students
Posted by Adrianne "Dee" Demetry on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Find your classes and professors for Spring 2017 here! First years take LDR 2002, any section EXCEPT the online section, and second years take LDR 3950, any section.

Our 2016 Peer Mentors put together a funny video about LEAD academic program requirements!
Posted by Victoria Weston on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Every LEAD Scholar must complete their involvement requirements to be considered in good standing with the program. They're FUNdatory!

New academic LEAD Scholars? Pay your $125 commitment fee with this secure PayPal link!
Posted by Victoria Weston on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 9:09 AM

If you have not already done so, you must pay the $125 commitment fee and submit your commitment paperwork to secure your place in the LEAD Scholars Academy, class of 2016. This is for two-year academic program first-time-in-college students only.

Which leadership courses will you be taking this year? Get a first look before they're on MyUCF!
Posted by Victoria Weston on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10:35 AM

The LEAD Scholars Academy offers so many different programs and courses of study, from the academic program (LDR 2001, 2002, 3215, 3950) and the minor (LDR 2001 & 2002) and the 3rd and 4th year tracks.

Common gray area problems between service and philanthropy
Posted by Victoria Weston on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 10:11 AM

Check out the graphic to know the difference! LEAD Scholars complete active service, not passive philanthropy.

LEAD Scholars Living Learning Community in Neptune 157
Posted by Victoria Weston on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Check out the attached flyer for how to apply for the exclusive Living Learning Community in Neptune 157! First come, first served!

We moved to Ferrell Commons in May 2015!
Posted by Victoria Weston on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM

Check out this awesome OSI Productions video of the new and improved LEAD Scholars Academy space!

Written by LEAD Scholars graduate and LEAD Onward Resident Assistant Megan Loibl.
Posted by Victoria Weston on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Friday’s release of the university’s retention and progression report showed students active in the LEAD Scholars Academy continue to lead UCF to excellence.
LEAD Scholars students entering the Academy last year have achieved the program’s highest one-year retention rate to date, with 96.5 percent of student leaders continuing at UCF this academic year. UCF’s overall student population retention rate between year one and year two came in at 88% this year.
“I am so excited that LEAD Scholars has reached a 96.5 percent retention rate. This is the highest rate that has been reported since 2007 when student group retention scores were first calculated. I truly feel that LEAD Scholars Academy makes a difference in the life of our students and provides high impact practices which lead to progression and graduation,” said Director Dr. Stacey Malaret.
Sophomore elementary education major and LEAD peer mentor Ileana Garcia shared her input on the retention of LEAD Scholars: “I believe LEAD Scholars stay in the program not only because of the community LEAD Scholars offers to students to feel more at home within UCF but also because of the similarities that bring us together to join LEAD in the first place. It is not about what your major is or what your career path is going to be, but the idea that we are brought together through the want and need to grow through leadership as individuals. That to me is why I stayed, because I might not have the same major, but I can still learn leadership skills through my peers around me and the professors there to guide us.”
In 2014 UCF President John C. Hitt established a goal to have a six-year graduation rate of 70 percent across the university by 2017. This year’s statistics came in just under that figure at 69.6 percent. LEAD Scholars’ six-year graduation rate is 83 percent, 13 percent higher.
UCF ranked third of the public Florida universities, with a 67 percent six-year graduation rate, behind only the University of Florida (86 percent) and Florida State University (77 percent) at that time. UCF ranked above eight other state universities seeking to boost their graduation rates, including Florida Atlantic University, which was in last place and hoped to boost its rate to 48 percent by 2017.
Retention rates are determined by the number of students who enroll at UCF their freshman year and are continuously enrolled in the fall semester of their second year. These students are then tracked for the following four years when six-year graduation rates are calculated.

Come have fun with your fellow LEAD Scholars for Halloween! 7pm-10pm in SU Key West Ballroom
Posted by Victoria Weston on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 8:25 AM

Sign up in advance by October 23rd at the Front Desk or by RSVPing to! Guests are welcome! Group and individual costume contest, food, candy, photobooth, dance floor!

Final Call for Involvement Forms!
Due by Friday, December 5, 2014 AT 5pm!
Posted by SDES IT on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Here's a FAQ about involvement that we want to answer:

Why should I keep submitting events and hours after I've fulfilled the minimum requirements?

We use our event and service statistics to advertise how amazing and impressive our LEAD Scholars are. Every extra hour and event you submit helps us better measure the effect you are having on the community.

When 2nd year application time arrives in the spring, a full involvement file and extra service hours indicates that you're going above and beyond program minimums. This can also help you when being considered for leadership positions within LEAD Scholars.

So please, if you're attending events and helping with service projects, keep turning in the paperwork! All involvement forms are due by Friday, December 5, 2014 at 5pm!