The Student Government Association recently voted to endow a $10,000 scholarship for student leaders.
The annual gift, tentatively called the SGA Emerging Leader Scholarship, was unanimously approved by the SGA’s senate at their Nov. 16 meeting after being championed by President Phillip Blevins.
Senators voted on a plan that would fund the scholarship within five years, said SGA advisor Josh Justice. The money will be raised through donations, fundraising and outside sources, and not from student fees, he said.
To be eligible, students must be a rising sophomore, junior or senior with a cumulative 3.0 GPA and in good academic standing. They must demonstrate leadership characteristics, submit a personal statement and a resume.
The recipient would then be selected by the SGA president, advisor and the dean of students.
Blevins said he was eager about the scholarship’s possibilities for students.
“This is one of two student-led scholarships,” he said. “Pi Kappa Phi has a scholarship that they have endowed themselves, but this scholarship is for the students, by the students.”
Editor-in-Chief Jordan Fifer contributed to this report.