Tabor College to give leadership-development scholarships

As an expression of its commitment to leadership developement, Tabor College is unveiling a new Presidential Leadership Scholarship.

The award will be available for fall semester 2011. President Jules Glanzer said four incoming freshmen?two men and two women?who have demonstrated leadership skills and a desire to increase their capacity to influence will be rewarded with the new scholarship and become a part of a four-year leadership learning laboratory.

?We are thrilled about this new scholarship program,? said Linda Cantwell, vice president of enrollment management.

?It is a unique opportunity that these young people will be given. They will meet and network with influential leaders and hone skills that will allow them to make a significant difference in their chosen career fields.?

Students accepted into the program will have the opportunity to grow and develop as leaders on the Tabor College campus as well as in the church, community, state and nation.

PLS recipients will meet monthly with Glanzer in a mentoring relationship, engage in leadership-development excursions and activities, and practice leadership skills by being involved in an on-campus activity or mission.

Students also will network with established leaders at many different levels. Travel opportunities with the college president also will be a part of the learning experience.

?Leadership development is an experience that begins with ideas, involves participation, requires reflection, needs relationship, and is best manifested through entrepreneurship,? Glanzer said. ?These aspects are all incorporated into the program.?

The scholarship is valued at $16,000 per year and is renewable. Students must have a grade-point average of 3.3 and an ACT score of 23 or higher.

Recipients will not be eligible to stack other Tabor scholarship awards. The process of applying for this award program will include a written application, a resume, and materials demonstrating previous academic work.

Applications will be reviewed and finalists will be invited to campus for the final selection process Feb. 21. The finalists will make a public presentation, participate in a personal interview, complete a writing exercise and take part in a group problem-solving activity.

?We want to build a leadership laboratory for the sake of the world that will create a high-capacity team of student leaders,? Glanzer said.

?They will influence the Hillsboro campus in a positive way and transition from college to society as game changers in their chosen vocation.

?Our program will provide intensive mentoring opportunities, networking with local, state and national leaders resulting in students that have a rich leadership portfolio when they have completed their degree programs,? he added.

Additional information is available online at tabor.edu,

Deadline to submit a completed application packet is Jan. 25.

Finalists will be notified by Jan. 31 with invitations extended for the on-campus part of the selection process.

For more information, contact Natalie Wright, director of admissions at 620-947-3121, ext. 1723, or e-mail admissions@tabor.edu.

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