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Scholarship and Leadership Programming

There are many ways for you to get involved in a variety of programs that interest you or to be a leader on campus. Campus leadership and scholarship programs opportunities can enrich your college experience, enhance your learning, help with funding college, and strengthen your community as well as your resume. 

Check out the following programs to see if one is right for you!

  • President’s Leadership Program

    President’s Leadership Program (PLP)

    The UNC President’s Leadership Program (PLP) is a 2-year, cohort-based leadership development program open to all sophomores to be completed during their Junior and Senior years.  The PLP is focused on developing student leaders in the areas of Social Intelligence, Ethics, Problem-Solving, Strategic Planning, and Relational Development. 

    Vision: Developing personal, autonomous leadership through diversity, originality, and inclusivity to create authentic leaders of tomorrow.

    Mission: The President's Leadership Program is a two-year cohort program that strives to empower its members and the community to develop skills in areas including but not limited to inclusion, relational development, and problem-solving by fostering support and facilitating opportunities for the growth of future leaders.

    Students who are selected to participate in the PLP will:

    • Receive a $1,500 annual scholarship
    • Be eligible to apply for a number of other scholarships.
    • Be able to attend state-wide leadership development conferences
    • Attend leadership retreats on campus
    • Engage regularly with President Feinstein

    PLP students complete the core courses of the Leadership Studies Minor (LEAD 100, LEAD 200, & LEAD 497) in order to supplement the cohort events and activities. 

    For more information contact evan.welch@unco.edu.

  • Reisher Scholars

    Reisher Scholars

    The Reisher Scholars Program helps promising Colorado students earn their undergraduate degrees without incurring additional education debt by awarding scholarships based on financial need and academic merit. This unique program focuses on rising college sophomores and transfer students who have already demonstrated academic and leadership potential as undergraduates.

    Awards range from $4,000 to $11,000 per academic year to cover students’ unmet needs for up to six semesters.

    Program Eligibility

    To be eligible for the Reisher Scholars Program students must meet the following requirements: 

    • Be a Colorado Resident
    • Entering second year at UNC as a continuing student or transferring from a community college as a junior
    • 3.0 cumulative GPA (minimum) 
    • Be a full-time student
    • Demonstrate financial need through completion of the FAFSA (by March 1 deadline)
    Program Requirements

    In order to continue to receive funding, continuing scholars must meet the following requirements:

    • Continue to be a Colorado resident
    • Be enrolled as a full-time student
    • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA
    • Not incur additional debt in excess of $1,500 for each year they are a Reisher Scholar
    • Loans taken out for summer study and/or study abroad experiences are exempt
    • Work average of 10 hours per week (during academic year)
    • File FAFSA by March 1 each year
    • Apply for renewal of other scholarships included in aid package
    • Attend required Reisher Scholars events
    • Respond to inquiries from Reisher Scholar advisor in a timely manner
    • Continue to have financial need 
    UNC Reisher Contact

    Sherri Frye 
    Phone: 970-351-3765
    sherri.frye@unco.edu  

  • Stryker Scholarship

    Stryker Scholarship

    The Stryker Institute for Leadership Development Scholarship is a participation-based scholarship opportunity for full-time enrolled, degree-seeking, women from underrepresented groups at the University of Northern Colorado. 

    Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity

    $7,500 annual educational scholarship, renewable for up to four academic years with:

    • Maintained eligibility (includes Fall and Spring semesters only).
    • An Apple iPad technology package for educational support is gifted to incoming participants.
    • Engage with a collective group of supportive women.
    • Participate in a year-long program of empowerment, personal growth, and leadership development.
    • As an incoming participant you will enter the first year experience and grow with your cohort throughout your journey here at Stryker.
    Eligibility Requirements
    • Identify as a woman from an underrepresented group at UNC, including, but not limited to: Race (all racial identities other than white), Gender (women, trans-women, LGBTQI+), Sexuality (LGBTQI+), Nationality (undocumented status, DREAMers, DACA, ASSET), Class (low income, first-generation [neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree]), Parenting Status (having dependents), Age (nontraditionally aged, over the age of 25), Ability (with disabilities), Veteran
    • Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree seeking program at the University of Northern Colorado
    • Must have a minimum of 24 completed credits with a current or transfer GPA of 2.5 or higher 
    • Commitment to participate fully in the program, attend all workshops and  complete the required projects

    Learn More and Apply for the Stryker Scholarship

  • TRIO Program: Center for Human Enrichment (CHE)

    UNC TRIO Programs

    The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes programs that serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through their academic journey. TRIO programs may provide financial assistance to those who qualify to be participants in the program.

    Center for Human Enrichment (CHE)

    Each year the CHE program accepts approximately 70 new participants into the program. To be eligible, students must identify as a first-generation college student, meaning neither adoptive nor biological parents have earned a bachelor’s degree, and meet federal income guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Learn More About CHE

    TRIO Programs

    The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes programs that serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through their academic journey. TRIO programs may provide financial assistance to those who qualify to be participants in the program.

  • TRIO Program: McNair Scholars Program

    McNair Scholars Program

    The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federal TRIO program designed to provide undergraduate students with effective preparation for graduate-level study through research and scholarly activities, summer internships, seminars and workshops, mentoring, and assistance with graduate school admission processes. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need or members of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education, and have demonstrated strong academic potential.

    LEARN MORE ABOUT MCNAIR PROGRAM

    TRIO Programs

    The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes programs that serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through their academic journey. TRIO programs may provide financial assistance to those who qualify to be participants in the program.

  • Robert & Ludie Dickeson Presidential Prize for Leadership

    Robert & Ludie Dickeson Presidential Prize for Leadership

    The Robert & Ludie Dickeson Presidential Prize for Leadership Award was established by the eighth president of the University of Northern Colorado, Robert Dickeson, and his wife, Ludie, in December of 1990. The award was created to acknowledge and reward student leadership on the UNC campus.

    $1,000 award – Awarded to one male student and one female student.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for this esteemed award, a student must:

    • Be a Senior;
    • Obtain a GPA of 3.0 or higher;
    • Graduating May 2021;
    • Have Two (2) letters of nomination
      • One letter from a faculty and/or staff member
      • AND one letter from a student and/or student organization;
    • Have all coursework completed by Spring Commencement. 

    Application opens every April and closes before spring commencement.