|Local BGSU students join ranks of President's Leadership Academy|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 13 July 2013 06:48|
Twenty-two new Bowling Green State University freshmen - and three from Wood County - were recently accepted into the Sidney A. Ribeau President's Leadership Academy. They will receive four-year, full in-state tuition scholarships to BGSU.
To be eligible for membership, students must be incoming freshmen who have distinguished themselves as leaders in high school and/or the community and demonstrate community engagement and/or service.
Former BGSU President Sidney Ribeau (1995-2008) had a vision for the university: to prepare BGSU students to lead with integrity and make meaningful contributions to society during their student years and in their professions and communities as alumni. In 1997, Ribeau's vision became a reality with the establishment of the President's Leadership Academy. In fall 1998, the first cohort of students committed to developing their leadership skills were selected for the PLA. In spring 2009, the university's Board of Trustees affirmed the former president's initiative by renaming the program in his honor.
The three local students selected were: Thomas Rodgers, of Grand Rapids, a 2013 graduate of Otsego High School who will be pursuing a degree in history; Courtney Garrett, Perrysburg, a 2013 graduate of Otsego High School, who will be majoring in exercise science; and Jared Haas, Pemberville, a 2013 graduate of Eastwood High School, who will pursue a degree in pre-nursing.
The academy provides a comprehensive leadership curriculum grounded in the ideals of servant leadership. Through the development of a community of scholars, students are empowered to grow and develop as they maximize their academic success while at BGSU. PLA's four-year program engages scholars in classes, workshops, experiential learning and community service activities.
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