The true advantage of the Presidents Leadership Class is the access to multidisciplinary leadership development, extensive experiential learning, exclusive scholarships, and a learning community of peers that the program provides from the moment you enter as a freshman at CU Boulder. You will experience the four distinct yet intertwined pillars of Class, Community, Scholarship, and Experience extensively throughout your PLC education. Each pillar combined with our focus on inclusive excellence make up the foundation on which the entire PLC program is built.
As a scholar in the Presidents Leadership Class, you will earn an academic Leadership Studies Minor through the completion of the unique PLC pathway of courses. There are four PLC courses, designed to be taken sequentially, that address a widening focus on leadership starting with individual ethics and ending with a look at leadership issues on a global scale. To receive the minor, you will also take a Leadership Capstone course that provides a summative look at your experience and growth as a student of leadership at the University of Colorado Boulder.
At PLC, you are part of a small family of highly driven peers with a dedicated staff that offers you individualized support throughout your undergraduate experience. The support you get from the program and your PLC peers is immediate and lasting; providing guidance and reinforcement with everything from your academics to your social life, and from balancing your busy schedule to managing your new life on campus. Your community will extend off campus as well to our Board of Advocates and the PLC Alumni Club made up of our extensive alumni base.
When you are selected to be in PLC, you will receive a $1000 merit scholarship your freshmen year. Though the first year award is modest, starting your sophomore year you are eligible to apply for and receive many other scholarships exclusive to PLC students. Our scholarships can greatly enhance your undergraduate experience and help relieve the financial burden of the cost of attendance.
The most important leadership lessons you will learn in your time with PLC will be through your experiential education endeavors. You will have the opportunity to experience practical leadership through your walkabouts, professional development seminars, experiential weekends, and through your other involvements both on and off campus. At PLC, we recognize that the best way for you to learn how to lead and how to follow is by experiencing both inside and outside of the classroom.
PLC fully embraces CU Boulder’s goal of inclusive excellence where the university becomes a place where diversity and an ingrained commitment to making excellence inclusive define its community and its work. Find out how PLC goes about making excellence inclusive