Seventeen students have been named to the President’s Leadership Program (PLP) at Colorado State University – Pueblo. The students were selected by a committee of campus and community board members and students from the PLP program. PLP students receive $2,000 per year for up to four years and earn a minor in leadership studies.
Currently in its eighth year, the PLP program is one of 10 schools to participate in the Colorado Leadership Alliance, a consortium of comprehensive leadership education programs at undergraduate institutions across Colorado. Through shared resources and collaborative efforts, CLA’s focus is to develop the next generation of Colorado's leaders. PLP develops and trains emerging leaders at CSU-Pueblo through a four – year academic leadership program focused on academic and experiential learning. Scholars are given opportunities to obtain leadership experience through mentoring, internships, etiquette training, and presentations by leaders in various fields from government and education to the service sectors.
Eligible candidates are graduating high school seniors who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher and who display leadership potential, intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to something outside one’s self. PLP challenges participants to identify and engage in leadership issues facing Southern Colorado. Participants must retain no less than a 3.0 grade point average at CSU-Pueblo to maintain eligibility status.
The following students are members of the 2008-09 PLP freshman class:
Nichole Beaudin Pueblo West High School
Victoria Bonetto-Fernandez Pueblo Centennial High School
Steven Cassidy Pueblo West High School
Kolbie Connally Pueblo County High School
Jacob Eunice Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School
Kelsey Goettel Pueblo West High School
Justina Gonzalez Pueblo West High School
Nicole Kirby Pueblo West High School
Daniel Lyons Pueblo Centennial High School
Lindsay Reeves Pueblo West High School
Keely Severance Pueblo East High School
Ashley Silva Pueblo West High School
Patrick Dahmen Hanover Junior/Senior High School
Dakota Deutsch Widefield High School
Mitchel Mueller Swink High School
Colin Scott Rocky Ford High School
Leslie Trotter Swink High School