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Throughout the four-year program:

  • Be enrolled at Appalachian State University as a full-time student (12 or more hours per semester)
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Attend twice monthly Plemmons Leadership Scholars meetings, Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm
  • Engage in regular PLS community-based learning activities, social activities, and an annual end of year reception in April

Below you can see an "ideal" year-by-year pathway through the Plemmons Scholar experience. Some of the experiences are required (such as the annual Plemmons Scholars Retreat), but others are optional. This is just to give you an idea of how you should be engaging each year. *Please note that the Trailhead Experience is not required for new Plemmons Scholars, although it is strongly encouraged.*

Year 1: Emerge

  • Attend The Trailhead Experience in August (Trailhead registration fills up fast, so if you are interested in participating sign up as soon as possible!)
  • Enroll in UCO 1200: First-Year Seminara fall semester, 3-credit course, taught by the Plemmons co-directors
  • Attend the Plemmons Leadership Scholars Retreat
  • Develop a four-year leadership journey plan
  • Connect regularly with an assigned Peer Mentor, a second or third year Plemmons Scholar
  • Seek involvement in campus organizations and clubs

Year 2: Engage

  • Enroll in LDS 2700: Principles of Leadershipa fall semester, 3-credit course, taught by the Plemmons co-directors
  • Participate in Appalachian Interchange, a two-day retreat in the Fall
  • Attend the Plemmons Leadership Scholars Retreat
  • Participate in the Campus Activities Leadership & Learning Summit, in the Spring
  • Pursue involvement and leadership roles in campus organizations and clubs

Year 3: Enact

  • Serve as a Peer Mentor for a first year Scholar
  • Attend the Plemmons Leadership Scholars Retreat
  • Attend 2 Community-Engaged Leadership workshops
  • Coordinate Plemmons Leadership Scholars' involvement in a community-based activity, service, or advocacy
  • Pursue leadership roles in campus organizations and clubs

Year 4: Excel

  • Plan and facilitate a "Senior Talk" during one Plemmons Monthly Meeting
  • Attend the Plemmons Leadership Scholars Retreat
  • Pursue a role in a departmental, organizational, and/or university-wide council, committee or governing body (i.e. IFC, RHA, Advisory Board, SGA)