Office of Student Involvement & Leadership

Levis Leadership

Based on the philosophy of Vince Lombardi's quote, "Leaders aren't born, they are made and they are made just like anything else, through hard work," Levis Leadership 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, Levis Leadership students participate in an exciting and interactive College Student Leadership Development class each semester.  The Levis Leadership 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 Program, student must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA, a minimum 20 ACT composite or 1020 SAT combined reading and math score, and demonstrated potential for leadership exhibited through high school honors, activities, community service, etc. Applications will be available MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2019 and are DUE BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020 at 11:59pm!

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 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!

Program Requirements - Students who accept the Levis Leadership scholarship are required to do the following:

  • Attend a mandatory class (Student Leadership Development) each semester (Fall and Spring) in the first year of the program 
  • See below for the complete list of requirements for each year

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

Leadership Living Learning Community (International House 5th Floor) - Levis Leadership students will have the opportunity to live on-campus with other students interested in enhancing their leadership abilities. Levis Leadership students will also get the opportunity to move in early.

Click below to discover more about the following aspects of the program:

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 1020 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 the "Apply Now" button above for the Levis Leadership Scholarship Application.
  • The Levis Leadership Scholarship Committee will select up to 40 students (20 male and 20 female) for the program each year
  • Applicants will be contacted by the first week of 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) - Levis students can earn additional scholarship funding if they apply and are accepted to be a Levis Leadership Facilitator ($450 extra for 1st year facilitators and $250 extra for 2nd-4th year facilitators). Each year a few upper-class Levis students are designated as facilitators to mentor each of the Levis classes (I, II, III, or IV) and help run the Leadership program for that group.

 REQUIREMENTS / FOCUS & ACTIVITIES OF EACH YEAR:
Each year of the Levis Leadership program has a specific focus in order to help Levis students continually and progressively develop their leadership abilities over the course of all four years. Students in Levis Leadership have the opportunity to participate in many unique experiences that utilize self-awareness, group reflection, hands-on experience, event planning, shadowing, servant leadership, and teamwork in order to further develop their leadership skills. Below are some of some of those experiences:

  • ALL LEVIS STUDENTS EVERY YEAR - As a way for Leadership students in all four years to bond and build camaraderie and expand their leadership experience beyond Leadership, all Levis students will:
    • Attend the All Leadership Kickoff (August)
    • Attend the Leadership Conference (February)
    • Attend the Levis Leadership Banquet (April) 
    • Be involved in at least two student organizations
    • Attend at least two UToledo 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 (2:30-3:50pm); 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 (Tuesday before school starts)
    • Experience a one-day retreat in August before school starts
    • Engage in community service projects (MLK Day of Service, The BIG Event, etc.)
    • Participate in other exciting activities throughout the year

  • YEAR 2 (AMBASSADORSHIP & FACILITATION) - 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 mandatory meetings approximately once a week
    • Learn how to be an effective and influential ambassador for the Levis Leadership program and The University of Toledo
    • Gain hands-on experience by serving as a UToledo Ambassador with the UToledo Admissions Office or Presidential Ambassadors
    • Gain hands-on experience with facilitation
    • Plan and execute a small group service project
    • Participate in other exciting activities throughout the year

  • YEAR 3 ( MENTORSHIP) - 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 about effective mentorship practices
    • Select and meet with a personal/professional mentor
    • Plan and execute the Levis Leadership Graduation Celebration Banquet or plan the fUTure Leaders Retreat
    • 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 semester and all committee meetings
    • 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 Year IV leadership positions include holding an executive board position in a student organization, serving on a standing UToledo committee with significant influence, serving as an Levis facilitator, or serving as a student intern for an office in the Division of Student Affairs)
    • Plan and execute the Leadership Conference or other leadership programs
    • Connect with a non-profit agency to provide individual community service in an area of personal interest
    • Participate in other exciting activities throughout the year
    • Graduate from the Levis program and receive the Levis Leadership medallion at the Leadership Banquet

HISTORY OF LEVIS LEADERSHIP
Levis Leadership 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 Levis Leadership program.  At that point, the scholarship name changed to the Levis Leadership Scholarship.  The program is now known as Levis Leadership or Levis for short.

In Fall 2017, the Leadership Living Learning Community began.

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

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

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

"Levis Leadership 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 

"UToledo is a big place and Levis Leadership 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 UToledo Student Government Presidents and Vice-Presidents were Levis 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: 10/2/19