Twenty-four promising college students traveled to the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) office in March for two intensive days of leadership development. The GTF Scholars Leadership Conference is a cornerstone of the GTF Scholars program, which provides grant aid along with non-financial supports to graduates of early college high schools pursuing bachelor’s degrees at select Texas institutions. This year’s students represented Texas A&M University, University of Houston, University of North Texas, and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Dr. Richard Cummins, Director of Leadership & Strategic Studies at Tarleton State University, led students in a series of sessions designed to help them reflect on their identities, set goals and develop plans for future success, and build leadership skills. Scholars also participated in an etiquette dinner facilitated by Mrs. Randi Mays-Knapp, a certified etiquette and leadership coach, to practice the art of dining confidently in a formal setting. Dr. Luis Ponjuan, Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University, inspired the group with his keynote address on managing personal and professional identities.
The GTF Scholars Leadership Conference, now in its sixth year, is one of many ways GTF Scholars are supported in excelling academically, socially, and professionally. For more information on the GTF Scholars program, please visit http://www.greatertexasfoundation.org/gtf-scholars/.
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