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. 

To be eligible for the Levis Leadership Program, students 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.

Application deadline EXTENDED until 11:59pm On Sunday, March 22, 2020! 

Early submissions are highly encouraged as applications will be reviewed when received.

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Applicants should be notified if they are a semi-finalist or not by Tuesday, March 17, 2020. However, applications submitted between 2/21/2020 - 3/22/2020 will be notified by Tues. March 31, 2020.

Finalist should be notified by Tues. March 31, 2020.

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:


  • 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)


  • 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.


  • 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.

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). 

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


"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: 3/25/20