Provost's Leadership Academy

The Provost's Leadership Academy provides incoming Kent State University students with a unique leadership experience on campus. The students will meet once per week during the fall and spring semesters to meet two goals. During the fall semester, the goal is for the students to understand their leadership style, each other, and the community through activities and programs, from which they will generate a list of possible areas of concern within the university community that could be addressed. During the spring semester, the goal is for students to explore and work to improve one of those areas of concern. Upon the conclusion of the semester, the students will present their final project to Melody Tankersley, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Provost. All participants who successfully complete the program will receive $500 in FlashCash.

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  • Experience serving as a leader, i.e. involvement in clubs, sports teams, community service, employment, etc. 
  • Demonstrated academic success in High School or prior institution if transferring, based on GPA 
  • Be an incoming Freshmen or Transfer student with Freshmen status at the time of application
  • Have an interest in learning more about KSU
  • Attend weekly meetings during the fall and spring semesters of your first year (historically on Monday evenings between 6:00-8:00 p.m.)
  • Maintain a 2.7 cumulative GPA throughout the entire academic year


  • To enhance student's self efficacy and communication skills.
  • To enrich the overall university experience of first-year students.
  • To complete a specific project that improves an area of the university community
  • To develop valuable leadership skills by understanding self, team, and community.

Application Process

  • Candidates will receive an invitation to apply in mid-February.
  • Completed online applications for the Fall 2022 cohort are due April 6, 2022, by 5:00 p.m.
  • After review of completed applications, selected candidates will be invited to interview.
    • The invitation to interview will be sent by April 11, 2022.
    • Interviews will be held on Friday, April 29, 2022.
  • Final offers will be sent to selected candidates by May 13, 2022, via email.
  • Membership acceptance is due by June 3, 2022

Completing the Application

  • Applications are submitted electronically. 
  • Completed online applications for the Fall 2022 cohort are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 6, 2022. 
    • A typed letter of recommendation is required.  
      • Students submitting their application will need to know the email address of the person writing the letter of recommendation. 
        • This can be a teacher, coach, manager, mentor, academic counselor, etc. but should not be a relative.
      • Instructions will be emailed to the individual on how to submit the letter of recommendation. 
      • In order for an application to be considered complete, a letter of recommendation is due by 5 p.m. on April 6, 2022. 


Developing leadership in talented first-year students.


Student leaders who become change agents in the university community.


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