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Leadership Scholars

Distinguish yourself amongst your peers as a Leadership Scholar.

The Leadership Scholars Program is an elite program for students who have the disposition and interest to develop themselves as effective and ethical leaders. Leadership Scholars will complete a minor in Leadership and benefit from educational and career development activities, such as mentorship from leaders in business, government, and the military, study abroad activities, networking with fellow scholars and community leaders, social events, scholarships, and counseling/guidance to obtain internships and jobs. Networking, Exclusive Speaking Events, and more are afforded to Leadership Scholars. See below for marketing material and pictures from our recent events.

Scholars Application Process

Citadel scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen based on a holistic set of criteria. The Citadel’s Scholarship Committee will select students from the admissions pool to interview and award academic scholarships. 

Please note that applications are by invitation only. Invitations are distributed to perspective candidates once a year. Distribution of invitations occurs during the spring semester for students starting at The Citadel in the following fall semester. 

The Leadership Scholars program is designed to allow the most talented applicants access to The Citadel’s unique educational opportunities. This program looks for outstanding academic achievement in high school and leadership potential in the Corps of Cadets. All applicants to the scholars program are considered for the monetary portion of these awards, which include $2,500 for in-state students and $7,500 for out-of-state students.

In addition, students who are accepted will receive a $1,000 experiential scholarship to be used toward study abroad, undergraduate student research, internships, or other high impact experiences. Candidates are selected through a variety of criteria and are notified by invitation to join the scholars program. Additional need-based scholarships are offered to students based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA). For consideration students should apply on line at any time after October 1st of each year.


Participants must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain a Leadership Scholar.

You may contact the Department of Leadership Studies if you have any questions or would like more information on the Leadership Scholars Program. Thank you for your interest!

Mayor Riley Photo Caption Lunch March 2020 Mayor Riley with Scholars
 Scholars Meet Col. Randy Bresnik Citadel 89  Picture Description


For more information about the Leadership Scholars Program, please call or email the
Department of Leadership Studies.


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