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The President's Emerging Leaders Program at Austin Peay

Our Purpose

The purpose of PELP is to prepare students at APSU for a lifetime of leadership.

Our Mission

 The President's Emerging Leaders Program provides a select group of students a tool-kit for developing their inherent leadership qualities.  Through mentoring, networking, and acquiring the skills necessary to navigate the seas of leadership, PELP students prepare to engage with organizations large and small.

Our Vision

PELP will send into the global community a diverse cohort of young leaders who are prepared to undertake the difficult and unpredictable challenges of tomorrow.  

Our Values

Our Approach

PELP focuses on:

Our Students

Students in the President's Emerging Leaders Program exemplify the vision and values of Austin Peay and our program through academic excellence and service above self.  PELP students receive an annual scholarship of $3,000, which is renewable over a four-year period. 

Students in PELP have multiple mentorship opportunities beginning with a sophomore mentor who is assigned to each incoming freshman.  Then, during their sophomore year, PELP students are assigned an alumnus/a of the university who is active in the community and will help the student with career advice among other topics. PELP students have multiple opportunities to engage with alumni in a variety of fields throughout their four years at APSU.  We are here to help you grow into the best leader you can be!


  1. PELP students must maintain a cumulative collegiate GPA of at least 3.50. 
  2. They must enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester.
  3.  They must also take required PELP course each semester.   
  4. PELP students are required to perform 40 hours of community service each academic year.

Students may be asked to participate in other university or community events.

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