Prior to Applying
A candidate interested in applying to the Sidney A. Ribeau President's Leadership Academy (PLA) must first be admitted to Bowling Green State University (BGSU). We recommend submitting the BGSU Admission Application no later than November 11, 2017 to allow time for the Admission’s Office to review the university application. Candidates must be admitted to BGSU in order to apply for the scholarship. The PLA scholarship application deadline is Monday, December 4, 2017. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. All applicants must have a FAFSA on file with the Student Financial Aid Office to remain in consideration by January 15, 2018.
Application Evaluation Process
A Selection Committee comprised of university and community representatives will evaluate your application in various categories that focus on previous experiences and future leadership potential. Offers will be extended for a campus interview based on the quality of the application and assessment of criteria within the application. All candidates will be contacted by PLA staff by mid-January 2018 with a decision on the status of their application.
PLA Interview Day
A candidate receiving an invitation to interview for the PLA will be expected to attend the PLA Interview Day on Saturday, January 27, 2018 during which time the PLA interviews will be conducted. The PLA interview will take approximately 5 hours. The candidate's interview provides us an opportunity to learn more about the candidate and, if selected, what he or she would contribute to the PLA, the BGSU campus, and the Bowling Green local community during his or her participation in the program.
Selection Recommendations and References
Final recommendations from the Selection Committee will be considered after the PLA Interview Day. The recommendations will be compared with reference feedback provided in the candidate's application.
Final Offers Made
All interview candidates will receive their final status by March 1, 2018. The offers to participate in the PLA will be extended at this time. Once a candidate receives his or her offer, it is imperative that she or he returns a signed copy of the contract to the PLA in a timely manner. Failure to return the contract within the time allotted will result in a withdrawal of the offer.
Thank you for your interest in the PLA! If you have questions, please contact us:
Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy