Rising Leaders

Leadership Development Program for Second-Year Students 


Four consecutive semesters of signature programs including: 

  • Off-campus retreats 
  • Leadership Assessments 
  • Personalized goal setting 
  • Dinners with special guests 
  • Experiential and service activities 


The Rising Leaders Program is designed to engage honors students from all academic majors in an experiential leadership development program. Second-year students are eligible to apply. 

Selected students will participate in five consecutive semesters of programs and activities that are planned around themes of leadership. These themes include: Defining Leadership & Understanding Self, Understanding Others, Planning for the Future, Effective Communication, and Failure & Resilience. A book and supplemental articles will be discussed each semester. Time commitments each semester will include a monthly gathering of the cohort (including at least one signature experience and a book club event), a meeting with a Center for Personal Development Counselor, and a selection of workshops/events that each student can choose among. For example, there may be five options listed and students are expected to attend two of the five during the course of the semester.

The cohort selected for Spring 2022 serves as the pilot group for the program and shapes specific features for future participants. The first semester of programs typically includes the following:

- Program Kick-Off Dinner 

- Signature Event: Etiquette Dinner 

- Book Club Coffee

- Signature Event: Self Awareness Retreat (Off-campus) 

To Apply: 

Applications for the next cohort will open in January 2023. This cohort will begin the program in Fall of 2023. Stay tuned for more details soon. 

Click here to apply

Questions? Contact Hannah.LeGris@uky.edu