Rising Leaders

Leadership Development Program for Second-Year Students 


Five 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. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by email on January 6, 2022.

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 to begin during Spring 2022 will serve as the pilot group for the program and will help shape specific features for future participants. In planning for potential participation during the Spring 2022 semester, please keep the following dates on hold.

- Program Kick-Off Dinner | Wednesday, January 19 from 6-8 p.m.

- Signature Event: Etiquette Dinner | Monday, February 7 from 6-8 p.m.

- Book Club Coffee | Monday, March 21 from 6-7:30 p.m.

- Signature Event: Self Awareness Retreat (Off-campus) | Friday, April 8 through Saturday, April 9

*These events are required


To Apply: 

Submit resume and responses by Dec. 10. 

Click here to apply


Questions? Contact Hannah.LeGris@uky.edu