The mission of the Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Scholarship Program is to develop the intellect of each scholar; to promote lifelong learning; to enhance leadership, communication, and scholarly community; to provide effective volunteer service to the state, nation and world, and to empower scholars with the desire to positively impact the society in which we live in. The mission of the Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Scholarship Program aligns with the university’s mission objectives for excellence in instruction, scholarly inquiry, service to society, community of learning, accessibility, and responsiveness.
The Chancellor's Leadership Corps Scholarship Program aspires to be a scholarship community recognized for innovation and quality in learning and leadership, accomplishments of scholars, and commitment to outreach and service to the State of Arkansas and globally.
Promotes student development through intentional services, programming, and structures
- Redesigned the program and requirements of the program.
- Four year program outlook
- Year 1: Guide scholars through the transition from high school to college while teaching and encouraging strengths through leadership modeling
- Coursework includes but not limited to leadership, mentorship, university awareness, self-care and self-advocacy skill sets, goal shaping and challenging, critical thinking, communication training, civic responsibility and teamwork, financial literacy, cultural awareness and diversity
- Year 2: Guide scholars through the transition of freshman scholar into sophomore scholar while teaching professional leadership development
- Coursework includes but not limited to professional leadership development, interview, resume, and cover letter training and reviews, networking, setting career goals, and a professional interview that directly correlates with the students' career goals.
- Year 3: Encourage and assist scholars to seek internships and experiences such as study abroad
- Year 4: Assist scholars with the transition for life after college by teaching interview skills, resume and portfolio workshops, job seeking and graduate school
- Formalized training for all student leaders
- Updated job descriptions for student leaders with goals and outcomes
- For the first time ever, the student leaders were able to self evaluate their roles and meet to discuss areas of strength and areas of improvement with the coordinator during the fall 2016 semester. The student leaders were able to define their personal values and goals, understand personal accountability, explore various barriers to interpersonal communication and how to work through those barriers, and they were able to assess obstacles to change and understand the impact of decision making.
- The CLC Scholars provides thousands of service hours to the UA Little Rock Campus, the City of Little Rock, and to the entire state. In 2015-2016, 700 scholars put in over 21,000 service hours. In 2016-2017 737 scholars put in over 22,100 service hours, which equates to $531,080.
Advocates for the excluded
- Collected over 16,000 items for Reach 13,000 Food Drive. Four successful events were held trophies were awarded for the winning department (Human Resources) and organization (Leadership Institute).
- 75% of scholars are women, and 55% are minorities
- New branding for the program
- Updated recruitment materials
- Updated the website to provide current and accurate information
- Created a new structure and process for selection of new scholars
- For the first time ever, the student leaders within the CLC Scholarship Program were able to self evaluate their roles and meet to discuss areas of strength and areas of improvement with the coordinator. The student leaders were able to define their personal values and goals, understand personal accountability, explore various barriers to interpersonal communication and how to work through those barriers, and they were able to assess obstacles to change and understand the impact of decision making.
- Built into the course curriculum are multiple assessments and activities to ensure the success of the individual students within the program. These types of assessments and activities include individual and group presentations, surveys, and portfolios.
- The Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Scholarship Program is currently reevaluating the data previously collected and reported for past enrollment, retention, and graduation rates. A full summary and report will be provided to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs later in the fall semester, and will be added to this report.
- In spring 2017, surveys were sent to 223 freshmen scholars, with 186 responding (83% return rate). The scholarship clearly has an impact on students' decision to attend this university, with 114 of the 186 scholars indicating they would not have attended UA Little Rock without the CLC Scholarship.
- Of 223 students, 209 retained their scholarship this year.
VI. Priorities for Next Year
- Creating a strong, more unified effort to increase the success of the UA Little Rock Reach 13,000 Food Drive to also include children's books, children's coloring books, and crayons to help better serve the Little Rock community's needs
- Creation of CLC Scholarship Program Database
- Four Year Completion/Retention Plan/Packet for new freshman scholars
- Further develop the assessments conducted by the program
- Enhance coordinator and student leader professional development activities
- Creation of a CLC Living Learning Community with Campus Living
- Build a greater, stronger parent connection
- Build a greater, stronger alumni connection
- Increase overall retention numbers from year to year
VII. Appendix: Fast Facts
- CLC is the oldest and the largest scholarship program at UA Little Rock.
- Created in 1976 with 17 scholars
- At present, 200 new scholars per year
- The program is founded on three pillars: education, leadership, and service.
- Freshman class and student leaders completed 7,650 hours of volunteer service with over 30 community organizations this year