The Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Scholarship program began in fall of 1976 with 17 scholars. The CLC Scholarship Program was created by Dr. Dorothy Truex to help give high school student leaders a chance to continue their leadership roles throughout their college experience. Over the years the numbers have grown. In fall 2014, we welcomed 183 new scholars into the program and this fall 2016, we will be welcoming 225 scholars which brings us to a total of over 700 scholars.
The CLC Scholarship Program values tradition. One of the major components throughout CLC’s history is its strong upperclassmen leaders. Over the years many student leaders have led small groups of entering freshman scholars. Until 2009, these student leaders were call Sophomore Sponsors. In 2010, we developed a name change for our student leaders to Sophomore Ambassadors. With the program’s fast growth by July 2011, we added Junior Mentors to the leadership structure which created family divisions within the CLC Freshman Class. Then again in April 2012, two Senior Peer-Advisors were added at the top of the leadership structure. Our student leaders provide assistance for on-campus events, work and gain experience in a designated office on campus, and serve as mentors to incoming freshman scholars. In 2014, we added our first Graduate Assistant to the program.
With the CLC Scholarship Program welcoming 225 scholars, we redesigned our student leader structure to push us into a new era of CLC Scholars. Each freshman scholar is assigned to a sophomore Peer Mentor totaling twenty-four Peer Mentors with groups of 8-11 freshman scholars creating their family. These twenty-four Peer Mentors are divided into eight teams with junior Team Leaders to create the program’s eight teams. Beyond this, the families and teams are then broken into two communities led by two senior Community Success Guides. This year, we welcomed our second Graduate Assistant known to the CLC Scholarship Leadership structure as a Graduate Assistant Success Coach. These upperclassmen leaders are outstanding individuals that provide guidance, experience, and leadership to ensure our freshman scholars succeed.
In addition to our program structure, CLC Scholars also complete a First Year Experience course and a Leadership Practicum course, join an on campus organization, volunteer in the community, and live in West Hall (freshman year).
At the heart of the CLC Scholarship Program is the desire to help all of our scholars be successful.