The Leadership Academy is an innovative scholarship and retention program that provides opportunities for students who are underrepresented in higher education. As part of a University System of Georgia initiative and an institutional commitment to increase access to underserved populations, the Leadership Academy, focusing primarily on African-American males, offers post-secondary educational opportunities to students who would benefit from the financial, academic and personal support the program provides. In addition to improving access, students will be well prepared to continue their education toward the bachelor’s degree. GPC believes that these students are capable of above average performance when provided with adequate support.
Launched in 2005 as a grassroots faculty initiative, the program receives funding through the GPC Foundation and support not only from the GPC administration, but from faculty and staff at every level who volunteer to work with the members in various capacities. The group meets twice weekly throughout the semester and members’ participation and grades determine the level of scholarship received. The program offers academic and book scholarships as well as mentoring, academic support, leadership and self-development seminars, community service opportunities and workshops and group discussions on wide-ranging issues of importance to the members.