The LEAD WT (Leadership Education and Development) Program was created to challenge high achieving students to further develop their leadership potential. The first cohort of LEAD Scholars will begin the program in August of 2012, thanks to a generous grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation.
This program will take two years to complete, and will include three main areas: academic, student service, and real world application.
- Academic: Students will complete four 1-hour credit courses (one per long semester) to learn about leadership theory. Eight hours of approved coursework will also be completed to earn the Leadership Certificate. These courses will vary depending on a student's major.
- Student Service: Students will make a difference in our local area by working in groups to solve a problem or work on a significant project for a predetermined client. In addition, 30 leadership service hours will be completed while enrolled in the program.
- Real World Application: Students will complete an internship experience, and will participate in activities such as an etiquette dinner, networking events, and public speaking opportunities.
LEAD Scholars should expect to spend between 10-15 hours each month to complete the requirements of the program. This time may increase while LEAD Scholars are completing their internship.
LEAD WT Mission
LEAD WT engages students and helps develop their leadership potential through a focused and engaging study of leadership theory along with a meaningful internship and program activities, and provides opportunities for the practical application for these skills through service.
LEAD WT Vision
After earning the Leadership Certificate from West Texas A&M University, LEAD Scholars are confident in their ability to lead, prepared for exceptional employment opportunities, eager to serve in their communities, and determined to make a difference in others' lives. And, as a result of their example, other WT students will desire opportunities to develop their own leadership potential.