Cameron University has named 28 freshmen Presidential Leaders & University Scholars (PLUS) for the 2011-2012 academic year. The PLUS program, now in its 31st year, is designed to reward students who have demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding leadership capabilities while in high school and to teach these students skills that will prepare them for dynamic leadership roles in their respective careers.
“We are happy to recognize these outstanding students as PLUS scholars,” says Jennifer Holland, Vice President for Student Services and past participant in the program. “It is gratifying to witness leadership skills developing as PLUS students progress through the program.”
This year’s recipients come from across Oklahoma and combine a breadth of leadership and community service experiences. In addition to receiving scholarship packages worth more than $20,000, students selected for the program take part in a four-year leadership development program aimed at developing excellent citizens and professionals.
Students are chosen each year based on an application process that focuses on leadership experience, involvement in the community, grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, an essay on the topic of leadership and a formal interview.
PLUS scholars receive leadership training that helps them make the transition from high school to college, learn leadership theory, communication skills, group dynamics and problem solving. In later years of the program, the focus shifts to presentation skills and preparation for beginning a career with such workshops as résumé writing, interviewing and making wise career decisions.
The 2011-2012 PLUS class members are listed by hometown and graduating high school.
Boswell, Victory Life Academy
Ft. Cobb, Ft. Cobb-Broxton High School
Granite, Navajo High School
Dimitri Atkinson, Tyler Blount, Tiana Brooker, Candice Ortiz, Colton Rancourt
Taylor Hutton, Jennifer Lang, Kirsta Stanto
Cory Hall, Rachel Tompkins
Oklahoma City, Westmoore High School
May 4, 2011