Local among leadership program fellows for 2014

By Press Reports


Mississippi State G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery Leadership Program recently named 45 spring 2014 fellows.

Kyle Henson, of Ackerman, a junior international business major is one of those 45.

The three-semester program is designed for MSU students who have completed at least one year at the university and hold good academic standing. Applicants undergo an online and interview-based application process during the fall semester of the academic year and begin the program the following spring semester upon selection.

Students are chosen based on academics, leadership skills and strength of character. The students receive two credit hours and a scholarship each semester.

“With an exceptional group of applicants, the selection process for MLP Fellows gets more difficult each year. As such, we are thoroughly excited about our newest class,” said Carmen Wilder, assistant director of student leadership and community engagement.

“We have high expectations for the work they will do to impact our community. They will meet many challenges as they work to develop their leadership skills and look forward to creating lasting memories and friendships in the process.”

During the first semester, fellows learn about leadership theory and styles through biweekly classroom instruction and activities, as well as a 20-hour service learning requirement. The fellows continue their leadership studies during the second semester by participating as peer mentors, class lab instructors and “project managers” for a small group of freshman students completing community service through MSU Day One Leadership Community.

Throughout the third and final semester, fellows are able to continue their leadership studies and community service by creating and implementing service initiatives of their own. Each year, fellows work with nearly 50 service agencies and organizations providing aid in various capacities.