Application Process

How to apply: “The Leadership Scholars application is available on the university’s student organization portal Log in to the portal with your 4x4 and password and search for the following URL: Complete the application. It will ask for your personal information, a brief essay, and two letters of recommendation. The letters may be scanned and uploaded to the application by the student, OR references may email their letters directly to the Leadership Scholars’ sponsor, Dr. Rhonda Dean-Kyncl at

Recommendation letters should be written by someone who knows you well. Preferably, one of the letters should be from a faculty member or university/college staff person. One of the letters may be written by a peer or someone who has worked with you in another organization.

The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, September 5th. Students who are invited to interview for the organization will be contacted within 5-7 days of the deadline. The interview process will be done in groups during the week of September 12thEach interview will take approximately one hour.

The first meeting of new members will be held on Monday, September 19th at 6:30 pm.

Financial need is NOT necessary to apply or be considered for Leadership Scholars and carries no weight in the selection process. Leadership Scholars who qualify for financial need will receive a scholarship. In order to qualify for a scholarship, there must be a "need" amount on your OU-FAN. If your need amount is $0 or the amount is in parentheses, you will not be considered as having financial need. It is not necessary to submit your OU-FAN.


To maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above

To attend all general meetings, events with Board of Visitors, and at least one professional development activity each semester

To participate in the Withrow Leadership Scholars Study Abroad Program during the summer following initial membership into the organization

To serve the student body of the College of Arts and Sciences through outreach events as coordinated by the scholars and college administration

To maintain a relationship with an assigned mentor

To represent the College of Arts and Sciences and Leadership Scholars program well by upholding high ethical standards


Leadership Scholars serve as ambassadors of the College of Arts and Sciences during special events such as meetings with alumni and distinguished visitors. They also have the opportunity to build close relationships with deans, faculty, and staff.

Members attend bi-monthly leadership development meetings and professional workshops to strengthen their leadership skills and help prepare them for life after graduation.

Leadership Scholars may further their leadership skills by serving as an Executive Committee member and helping plan and execute events and determine the direction of the program.

Each Leadership Scholar is paired with an alum of the College of Arts and Sciences or a member of the Board of Visitors who will serve as a mentor to the scholar throughout their time in the program. This unique mentoring relationship helps students develop both personally and professionally.

The organization is a highly selective and diverse group of students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Leadership Scholars enjoy the relationships they develop with fellow scholars.

Upon graduation, members receive an embroidered stole that distinguishes them as members of the Leadership Scholars program.