Leadership Through Action, Not Position

Leadership Scholars is a comprehensive program that offers participants the opportunity to engage in leadership education through personal exploration, community engagement, and collaborative problem solving. Scholars will develop skills that prepare them for leadership roles on campus and in the larger global community and earn a $2,000 scholarship renewable for four years.

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Ryan Clark
Faculty Director, Leadership Scholars
Associate Professor and Program Director, Theatre & Media Performance


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Application Requirements

In order to be considered for the Leadership Scholars Program and $2,000 annual Leadership Scholarship, students must do the following:

  • Demonstrate an exceptional commitment to ethical leadership as an incoming freshman
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.3 on a 4.0 scale or an 83 on a 100-point scale
  • Apply to Stevenson by January 15 and be admitted to the University. Stevenson’s application for admissions will be available on August 1.
  • Complete the Leadership Scholars application (available August 1) by the deadline of January 15.
  • Complete a campus tour by April 1, 2023.
  • Complete a Specialty Scholarship Interview by April 6, 2023. Stevenson University Leadership Scholars applications will also be considered for the Founders’ Scholarship when interviewing. There is no separate application for the Founders’ Scholarship. Students selected for the Stevenson University Leadership Scholars will also receive the $2,000 Founders’ Scholarship in addition to the $2,000 Leadership Scholarship for a total of $4,000 in scholarship funding on top of any previously awarded SU Merit-Based Scholarship. Students not selected for the Stevenson University Leadership Scholars may be awarded a Founders’ Scholarship of $2,000 on its own.

Students who meet all of the above application requirements will be notified whether or not they have been selected for Stevenson University Leadership Scholars on a rolling basis once the application is submitted and interview is completed.

Complete a Leadership Scholars Application

Schedule a Specialty Scholars Interview*

*If there are no more Specialty Scholarship Interview slots available, please email register@stevenson.edu.


Benefits of the program include:

  • $2,000 annual Leadership Scholarship for four consecutive years of full-time study at the University. Recipients also receive the $2,000 annual Founders’ Scholarship, which is also renewable for four years, for a total additional annual award of $4,000 on top of any SU Merit-Based Scholarship.
  • Housing placement in Leadership Scholars living-learning community
  • A supportive community of peers and mentors, as well as personal consultations with administrative coordinator(s)
  • Opportunities to attend various leadership seminars and speakers in the Baltimore/ DC area.
  • Specialized programming through the Office of Career Services
  • Tangible leadership and service experience on- and off-campus
  • Opportunities to learn about the Owings Mills and Baltimore communities
  • Expansion of professional networks


In order to remain a Leadership Scholar once accepted to the program, students must:

  • Enroll as a full-time student
  • Maintain the minimum required GPA (2.5 at the end of year one, 2.6 at the end of year two, and 2.7 at the end of year three).
  • Attend co-curricular programming and activities sponsored by the Leadership Scholars Program
  • Complete four 1-credit leadership courses
    • LDR 101: Foundations of Leadership
    • LDR 201: Leadership Development
    • LDR 301: Leadership from Theory to Practice
    • LDR 401: Leadership Capstone
  • Take a leadership role in campus activities and events


Leadership Scholars typically receive a merit-based scholarship. In addition, Leadership Scholars are awarded a Service Scholarship and the Founders’ Scholarship, which recognizes a student’s potential to be an active, engaged member of the Stevenson Community. All scholarships are renewable for four years. For more information, please see the merit-based scholarship page.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the academic requirements?

  • Enroll as a full-time student
  • Complete four 1-credit Leadership Courses (LDR course prefix)

What do I do if I can’t take a Leadership course on schedule?

  • Students are not required to take Leadership courses every semester. Advisors and Student Success Coaches can help you plan your schedule to meet the course requirement without delaying time to graduation. In general, students are advised to plan ahead.

Can I live on the Leadership floor if my roommates aren’t Leadership Scholars?

  • In most cases, yes. The Leadership Scholars are part of a living-learning community that may include students who are not in the program. Housing requests are handled on a case-by-case basis by the office of Residence Life (/student-life/living-on-campus/).

What other opportunities are available to me as a Leadership Scholar?

  • Leadership Scholars have a wide variety of opportunities through which they can develop their leadership skills, make connections across campus and in the community, and participate in extraordinary experiences. Recent Leadership Scholars opportunities have included:
    • Tickets for the Baltimore Speaker Series and opportunities to meet speakers such as David Cameron and Jane Pauley.
    • Priority Registration for courses
    • Specialized programming through the Office of Career Services
    • Professional development and shadowing opportunities with community leaders
    • Year-round social and academic programming designed to support the development of leadership skills and competencies