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Vice Presidential Leadership Grant

Vice Presidential Leadership Grant

The Division of Student Development, Student Leadership Programs, and the Student Government Association are committed to students’ leadership development.  The Vice Presidential Student Leadership Development Fund is designed to help students attend meaningful summer leadership experiences that will enhance their leadership at the University of Dayton.

Two awards of up to $1,500 will be available for Summer 2018 and will fund the recipient’s selected activity/experience.  Proposals should relate to the personal growth and development and potential contributions to the UD community.


Students must:

  • Be current UD students in their first, second, or third year
  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time student at UD
  • Be returning to campus in Fall 2018
  • Commit to sharing the information learned with both the Student Government Association and through a program in partnership with Student Leadership Programs.  

Students will apply online through OrgSync.  Please be prepared to include the following information:

  • Resume
  • Co-curricular Transcript
  • The names of 2 references (at least one must be UD-affiliated)
  • Application Questions (Each response should be limited to 2 pages, double spaced)
    • Describe the leadership opportunity you would like to have funded.  Provide an overview of the experience, including your understanding of the program, dates and location, and costs associated with the experience (travel, registration, lodging, meals, etc).
    • Describe how attendance at this leadership experience will support your goals on campus and through your vocation.  Describe how you believe the experience will enhance your leadership abilities.
    • Describe how you plan to bring the experience back to campus.  Briefly describe how and why this experience will positively impact the UD campus and your role as a leader on campus.  
Application Review Team
The applications will be reviewed by a team consisting of representatives from Student Development, Student Leadership Programs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Student Government Association.

Leadership Opportunities

Funding is available for (but not limited to):

  • The LeaderShape Institute (May 13-18, 2018 or July 22-27, 2018)

The LeaderShape Institute challenges participants to lead with integrity while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values.  Participants explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be.

Dynamic, challenging, and exciting, the week is intended to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of participants - benefiting them individually, as well as their respective communities and the organizations they will go on to lead and serve in the future.

  • I-LEAD (Association of College Unions International) (July 22-27, 2018)

I-LEAD® is ACUI's premier student program, designed to emphasize the key concept areas of leadership, community development, and change and offers a comprehensive curriculum experienced by all participants through a living-learning experience.

All sessions offer hands-on experiential activities and significant discussion time to address individual concerns. Large group sessions are used to deliver fundamental curriculum topics. Small group meetings are held to process activities through discussion, to practice applying concepts, and to build community through teambuilding and sharing. Individual reflection sessions also occur each day to make the learning experience more personal for each participant.

  • The National Center for Student Leadership   (November 15-17, 2018)

The National Conference on Student Leadership (NCSL) is the only student leadership conference that’s national in scope, drawing attendees from colleges and universities across the country. And with its emphasis on active, hands-on learning and up-to-the-moment leadership principles, it’s unique in its approach to some vital topics.

No other conference compares to this dynamic event featuring educational programs led by speakers who are committed to students’ personal and professional growth. At the conference, students will grow as leaders, spend time meeting and networking with hundreds of peers from around the country, gain valuable skills that can be used right away, and prepare for a post-college career.

  • The National Outdoor Leadership School (July 15-July 28, 2018)


On this course, you’ll dive into learning leadership and outdoor skills as you backpack through the hills and lakes of the Adirondack Forest Preserve, one of the oldest protected lands in the country. Climb high rocky peaks and cross chilly creeks. Learn about local ecology as you wander through ancient hardwood forests. Cook your dinner on a camp stove with a group of new friends, and fall asleep in your tent ready to take on the next day. Even if you’ve never been camping before, this course is a great way to learn more about the outdoors and yourself.

Leadership skills will be a key part of this course. You and your group will learn how to be leaders as you meet fresh challenges, and you’ll use your new skills every day. Making a decision about where to camp teaches you about good judgement, while resolving an argument teaches you about communication. These experiences will help you figure out what your leadership style is and how you support your group. At the end of this course, you’ll walk away with real experiences that will help you be a leader at school, at home, and for the rest of your life.

  • The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders  (May 30-June 2, 2018)

NCCWSL is the place to harness your leadership potential and view the world through new perspectives. You’ll leave with the tools you need to propel your career forward and drive change on your campus or in your community.

In the three decades since NCCWSL was founded, AAUW has empowered more than 10,000 women to close the leadership gap and make an impact on their campuses and in their communities.

We curate our conference agenda so that attendees — college students and educators alike — can tailor their experience to fit their current and future aspirations. Over the course of our three-day conference, attendees:

WHO: UIFI is for any collegiate fraternity or sorority member with the desire to be a strong leader and who believes in the fraternal experience. You do not have to hold a formal leadership role or specific office to attend.

WHAT: At UIFI, you’ll learn with and from peers who belong to various organizations and councils. Through exploration of critical issues in thought-provoking activities, the program is intended to help you identify the leader you want to be and where you can make the most impact in your chapter, council or community. Together you’ll define the challenges that our communities face today, and leave excited to address those challenges back on campus – all while developing skills that are useful in and out of fraternity and sorority life.

  • National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) (May 29-June 2, 2018)

The NCORE conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.

NCORE is designed to provide a significant forum for discussion, critical dialogue, and exchange of information as institutions search for effective strategies to enhance access, social development, education, positive communication, and cross-cultural understanding in culturally diverse settings.


Student Leadership Programs

Kennedy Union
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0623