Office of Student Involvement & Leadership

Levis Leadership UT

Based on the philosophy that "leaders are made, not born," Levis Leadership UT is a selective program that enhances and nurtures the leadership development of its students over the course of four years. 

Each year, up to 40 incoming freshmen, out of hundreds of applicants, are selected for this experiential scholarship program and have the opportunity to participate for up to four years of leadership development. During their first year, Leadership UT students participate in an exciting and interactive College Student Leadership Development class each semester.  The Levis Leadership UT program helps students learn and develop the skills and knowledge that contribute to effective leadership. The purpose of the program is to provide the selected group of students with leadership education and training which provides limitless possibilities for growth and development. 

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To be eligible for the Levis Leadership UT Program, student must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA, a minimum 20 ACT composite or 940 SAT combined reading and math score, and demonstrated potential for leadership exhibited through high school honors, activities, community service, etc. Applications are DUE BY FEBRUARY 15th!

Upon acceptance into the program, students will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward their first academic year.  The scholarship may be renewed at varying amounts for the next three years, based on the recipient's involvement in the Levis Leadership UT Program. This is not your typical scholarship as there is a significant time commitment incorporated into this leadership program. THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS ONLY FOR STUDENTS LOOKING FOR A LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE!

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership at 419.530.4944.

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QUALIFICATIONS FOR ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA (Must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA each semester to retain the scholarship and remain in the program) 
  • Minimum 20 ACT composite or 940 SAT combined reading and math score 
  • Demonstrated potential for leadership exhibited through high school honors, activities, community service, etc. (Must maintain collegiate involvement in at least two student organizations to retain the scholarship and remain in the program)

SELECTION PROCESS / APPLICATION

  • Entering first year students apply for the scholarship via the online form by February 1st. CLICK HERE for the Levis Leadership Scholarship Application.
  • The Levis Leadership UT Scholarship Committee will select up to 40 students (20 male and 20 female) for the program each year
  • Applicants will be contacted by the third week in April about their scholarship status.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING

  • 1st YEAR ($1,000) - Upon acceptance to the program, students will receive a scholarship toward their first academic year ($500 each semester in the fall and spring). 

  • 2nd-4th YEARS ($750 per year) - The scholarship may be renewed each year for the next three years ($375 each semester for the fall and spring). 

  • FACILITATORS (Additional Funding) - LUT students can earn additional scholarship funding if they apply and are accepted to be a Leadership UT Facilitator ($450 extra for 1st year facilitators and $250 extra for 2nd-4th year facilitators). Each a few upper-class LUT students are designated as facilitators to mentor each of the LUT classes (I, II, III, or IV) and help run the Leadership UT program for that group.

FOCUS & ACTIVITIES OF EACH YEAR:
Each year of the Levis Leadership UT program has a purpose so that the students in the program continually and progressively develop their leadership abilities over the course of four years. Students in Levis Leadership UT have the opportunity to participate in many unique experiences (teamwork, hands-on experience, event planning, shadowing, etc.) over the course of all four years, including the following:

  • ALL LUT STUDENTS EVERY YEAR - As a way for Leadership UT students in all four years to bond and build camaraderie and expand their leadership experience beyond Leadership UT, all LUT students will:
    • Attend the All Leadership UT Kickoff (August/September)
    • Attend the Leadership Conference (February)
    • Attend the Leadership UT Banquet (April) 
    • Be involved in at least two student organizations
    • Attend at least two UT traditional events
    YEAR 1 (LEARNING) - The first year is designed to develop students into leaders by allowing them to gain leadership knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will prepare them for second-year activities.  Students in the first year will:
    • Attend a mandatory class (Student Leadership Development) each semester (Fall and Spring)
      • Tuesdays and Thursdays (2:00-3:15pm); Can be taken for 1-3 credit hours each semester
      • Participate in interactive, in-depth discussions
      • Develop a personal leadership philosophy
      • Learn from innovative speakers and distinguished leaders
      • Participate in networking opportunities
      • Gain insight on information such as time management, diversity, goal setting, conflict resolution, and creative leadership techniques
      • Engage in activities that involve teamwork and enhance their understanding leadership
    • Participate in a Welcome Dinner
    • Experience a one-day retreat in August
    • Engage in community service projects (MLK Day of Service, The BIG Event, etc.)
    • Participate in other exciting activities throughout the year

  • YEAR 2 (MENTORSHIP) - The second year is designed to allow students to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes learned in the first year and prepare for third-year activities. Students in the second year will:
    • Attend a mandatory meeting approximately once a month
    • Learn about effective mentorship practices
    • Gain hands-on experience by serving as a mentor to an LUT I student
    • Select and meet with a personal/professional mentor
    • Plan and execute an LUT I/II Mixer
    • Plan and execute a small group service learning project
    • Participate in other exciting activities throughout the year

  • YEAR 3 (AMBASSADORSHIP) - The third year is designed to allow students to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes learned in the first two years and prepare for fourth-year activities. Students in the third year will:
    • Attend a mandatory meeting approximately once a month
    • Learn how to be an effective and influential ambassador for the Levis Leadership UT program and The University of Toledo
    • Gain hands-on experience by serving as a UT Ambassador with the UT Admissions Office or Presidential Ambassadors
    • Plan and execute the Leadership UT Graduation Celebration Banquet
    • Plan and execute a large service learning project
    • Participate in other exciting activities throughout the year

  • YEAR 4 (GIVE BACK) - The fourth year is designed to allow students to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes learned in the first three years and prepare for a successful career. Students in the fourth year will:
    • Attend a mandatory meeting approximately once a month
    • Learn how to be an effective servant leader
    • Gain hands-on experience by serving in at least one leadership position that assists other student leaders and student organizations (Applicable LUT IV leadership positions include holding an executive board position in a student organization, serving on a standing UT committee with significant influence, serving as an LUT facilitator, or serving as a student intern for an office in the Division of Student Affairs)
    • Plan and execute the Leadership Conference
    • Connect with a non-profit service agency to provide individual community service in an area of personal interest
    • Participate in other exciting activities throughout the year
    • Graduate from the LUT program and receive the Levis Leadership UT medallion at the Leadership UT Banquet

HISTORY OF LEVIS LEADERSHIP UT
Leadership UT was started in the fall of 1994 with 48 incoming freshman selected from over 700 applicants. Students selected for the program enrolled for the College Student Leadership course for both semesters of their freshman year.

Because of Dr. Frank Horton, 13th president of The University of Toledo, additional support was provided for students who committed to being involved in leadership education for their sophomore, junior, and senior years.  The program has grown from an initial one-year leadership program to a comprehensive four-year leadership development experience for those students who commit themselves to the additional education and training.

In Fall 2001, the J. Preston Levis Scholarship began being used to fund the scholarships for students participating in the Leadership UT program.  At that point, the scholarship name changed to the Levis Leadership Scholarship.  The program is now known as Levis Leadership UT or LUT for short.

Over the years, several UT staff members have overseen the Leadership UT program, including but not limited to Dr. David Meabon, Lori Edgeworth, Tracci (Harmon) Johnson, Darci Ault, Tony Urbina, Tamika Mitchell, and Donovan Nichols (Aug 2015 - present). 

BENEFITS OF THE LEVIS LEADERSHIP UT PROGRAM
Leadership UT become synonymous with strong, capable, responsible leaders.  These students are recruited for scholarships, activities, committees, and programs.  Leadership UT students definitely make an impact on campus and beyond.  Beyond the scholarship, the Leadership UT program offers the following benefits to LUT students:

  • Provides a unique experience that challenges students to examine and evaluate themselves, their values, and their ideas and beliefs about leadership
  • Provides individuals an opportunity to be part of a diverse team of students
  • Connects students with a network of current student leaders and Leadership UT alumni

WORDS FROM LEADERSHIP UT STUDENTS ABOUT THE PROGRAM

"Leadership UT was the most valuable experience I had the opportunity to be a part of while at UT.  It was the perfect compliment to the academic component of higher education for a successful future."
- Matt Allen, Class of 1998

"Leadership UT opened every door of opportunity for me at The University of Toledo and allowed me to create so many new friendships that will last well beyond college."           
- Niki Steward, Class of 2001 

"UT is a big place and Leadership UT helped me feel at home.  The program challenged me to make the most of my college experience."
- Ellen Grachek, Class of 1999, 1997-98 Student Government Vice-President 

"Many UT Student Government Presidents and Vice-Presidents were LUT students.  Leadership UT students are found in leadership positions in most of the organizations on campus because of the training and education they receive.  Applying for this scholarship was the smartest thing I did in my college career."          
- Kevin Hopkins, Class of 1998, 1996-97 Student Government President

Last Updated: 2/9/16