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 is built on the foundations of scholarship, leadership, service, family, and engagement. The CLC Scholarship Program believes that everyone has the right and the ability to be successful in college and in life. The program greatly values diversity and recognizes the strengths of all individuals to form a scholarship family atmosphere and bond.
Developing as a leader and as a scholar is a journey of self-discovery. The Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Scholarship Program is designed to help high school seniors successfully transition into college. Through the CLC Scholarship Program, scholars are able to make a positive impact on campus, in the community, and throughout their lifetime.
Outreach and Collaboration
The Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Scholarship Program continues to strengthen outreach and collaboration efforts daily. Some of the highlights for this year are listed below which is broken into three specific areas.
- CLC Scholars reached an overwhelming number of volunteer hours with the community. Freshman scholars alone provided over 5,000 hours of volunteer hours for the 2015-2016 school year.
- CLC Scholars volunteered at over thirty different organizations throughout Arkansas.
- CLC scholars assisted with the fall 2015 and spring 2016 graduation ceremonies.
- CLC scholars assisted with Burgers at Bailey.
- CLC scholars participated in the Green Dot Amazing Race.
- CLC scholars also assisted and participated in Trojan Daze.
- The CLC Scholarship program as worked towards unifying programmatic efforts with various scholarship programs on campus.
- CLC scholars participated in International Celebration Week.
- Scholar Experiences
- The CLC Scholarship Program houses the UALR Reach 13,000 Food Drive Initiative to help battle hunger in the state of Arkansas. With this, the CLC Scholarship Program hosted several events during the fall semester including the annual Kickball Tournament and the annual Battle of the Talents.
- The CLC scholars assisted and participated in the 2nd annual Butterfly Swamp 5k to honor, raise awareness, and raise funds for the Katherine and Ryan Palludan Memorial Organization.
- New to the CLC Scholarship Program was the creation of the Leadership and Success Council student organization. With the new student organization, attention and efforts are made across campus to enhance student experiences surrounding leadership development and volunteer service to Arkansas.
The Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Scholarship Program nominated several student leaders to attend the Arkansas Leadership Forum to enhance their perspectives surrounding leadership, diversity, and faith.
Student Leader Rebecca Davis attended the Best Buddies conference, summer 2016 to enhance student experiences at UALR as well as to increase student awareness and participation for the organization.
During summer 2016, all student leaders attended a two day leadership training and development retreat to gain valuable professional development to utilize throughout their experiences in college and in life.
The 2015-2016 academic year for the CLC Scholarship Program can be defined as a new beginning for the program. During spring 2016, not only did the CLC Scholarship Program graduate one of its largest cohorts of students, we also accepted the largest cohort to date for the new school year of 2016-2017. During this excitement and growth for the program, the program experienced a transition in leadership and welcomed Amber Standridge as the new Scholarship Coordinator. Spring 2016 consisted and still continues to be filled with exciting changes for the program.
With the redesign that occurred during the spring 2016 semester, the CLC Scholarship Program also welcomed twenty four new Peer Mentors (formerly titled Sophomore Ambassadors); eight new Team Leaders (formerly titled Junior Mentors); two new Community Success Guides (formerly titled Senior Peer Advisor); and a one new Graduate Assistant Success Coach. Each position received a new job description to truly create a unique, exciting, creative, innovative, and energetic experience for not only the program itself but for each scholar as well.
The Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Scholarship Program continues to embrace the foundations of the program with each scholar being involved in an on campus organization and in the Arkansas Community.
During the spring 2016 semester, the CLC Scholarship Program experienced a transition in leadership and welcomed Amber Standridge as the new Scholarship Coordinator. Since then, the program has been undergoing a structure redesign. Through the redesign, a new Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Values Statement, website, branding, and strategic plan emerged.
The Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Scholarship Program has a four year curriculum guide. Class enrollment is limited to CLC Scholars which ensures smaller class sizes and class engagement. Each course is designed with the scholars and their futures in mind. All coursework is interactive, engaging, hands-on and designed upon the foundations of theory. Year 1 and Year 2 courses are required for all scholars whereas Year 3 and Year 4 courses are strongly encouraged.
Year 1: First Year Experience
The CLC First Year Experience course is a two semester course. During the fall semester, the focus is ensuring a smooth transition from high school to college and helping scholars map out their four year journey through college. During the spring semester, the focus is on developing the scholars as college scholarly leaders.
Year 2: Leadership Practicum
The CLC Leadership Practicum (sophomore year of program) is a fall only course. During this time, scholars learn about the foundations of a professional leader. Specific coursework is geared towards their career aspirations. One specific component of this course is for scholars to job shadow an individual that shares their same career aspiration.
Year 3: Career Practicum 1
The CLC Career Practicum 1 (junior year of program) is designed around internships and experiencing study abroad. While neither is a requirement of the program, the experience and knowledge gained through these experiences are irreplaceable. One specific component of this course is for scholars to begin developing a resume, portfolio, and begin practicing interview skills.
Year 4: Career Practicum 2
The CLC Career Practicum 2 (senior year of program) is designed to help scholars finalize their resume, complete their portfolio, master interview skills, and begin applying for jobs and/or graduate school. The ultimate goal is for scholars to have either a career, graduate school, or graduate assistant position waiting for them upon graduation.
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 Provost of Student Affairs later in the fall semester.
VI. Priorities for Next Year
The Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Scholarship Program is divided into four overarching areas of focus.
- Completion of the program redesign
- With the newly developed Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Values Statement, and four year programmatic curriculum, the CLC Scholarship Program will turn attention to additional, revised, and more intentional recruiting efforts.
- With the redesign, the CLC Scholarship Program will place a greater emphasis on scholarship retention and graduation.
- The CLC Scholarship Program will work to create a more collaborative atmosphere across the university and the community.
- The CLC Scholarship Program will work to finalize the establishment of the Honorary Admissions and Advisory Board along with a structured timeline for scholar selections.
- Extension of the scholar experience
- The CLC Scholarship Program will begin to provide more intentional experiences for scholars such as specific workshops and events.
- The CLC Scholarship Program will work to enhance the professional development and the leadership development scholars and student leaders receive.
- Development of fundraising
- The CLC Scholarship Program will actively pursue fundraising and grant opportunities to provide more resources and opportunities to scholars.
- The CLC Scholarship Program will place a greater emphasis on assessment and improvements based on data analysis.
VII. Appendix: Fast Facts
The CLC Scholarship Program is the oldest and the largest scholarship program here at UALR.
While the program not only focuses on education, the CLC Scholars provide a multitude of service to the UALR Campus, the City of Little Rock, and to the entire state. Some of the scholars have even taken their dedication to helping others outside of Arkansas and into other parts of the world.