Why Be a LEAD Scholar?
Prospective LEAD Scholars Academy students apply for admission into the academy during their senior year of high school after being granted admission into UCF.
The LEAD students come in with higher high school GPA, SAT and ACT scores than the average fall admitted student. Students in the LEAD Scholars Academy first year cohort enroll in four two-credit hour service learning courses and participate in high impact co-curricular activities to enhance their leadership development.
The average cum GPA for first year students at the end of the spring 2017 semester was a 3.52, significantly higher than the average first-year student. Students in the LEAD Scholars Academy surround themselves with like-minded students in leadership classes, a living-learning community and in the LEAD Scholars Academy office. These students challenge each other to be academic scholars and leaders within the UCF and Orlando community.
First-year Breon Clark is a health sciences: pre-clinical major. He stated, "Being a LEAD Scholar teaches you how to lead by example and in the classroom it is no different; we take pride in our performance and surround ourselves with others that bring out the best in us."
Second-year mechanical engineering major Gabriela Rodriquez said, "I believe LEAD Scholars have a higher GPA due to their motivation and drive. I, for example, landed a coveted CWEP [UCF Lockheed Martin College Work Experience Program] position as a freshman which is rare. Being able to study and get hands on experience in my chosen field is amazing. This has given me the drive to only strive for the best. LEAD has fostered an environment of excellence and being a part of this program gives you the inspiration to live up to that excellence."
Senior Matt Caldwell, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies, said, “"LEAD Scholars have a higher GPA because they are so motivated to go above and beyond in all aspects of their experience on the UCF campus. The knowledge that LEAD Scholars can make a lasting, positive impact at UCF for tens of thousands of students is what motivates LEAD Scholars to not just aim for expectation but to always strive for something greater. The ability for a LEAD Scholar to easily get involved on campus is a tremendous motivating factor with many positions of leadership in the Academy in addition to access to hundreds of positions campuswide. LEAD Scholars equips students with the tools necessary to excel in these positions by instilling values in students that will last a lifetime."
See attachment of data tables that note high school SAT, ACT and GPA averages and retention and six-year graduation rate statistics.