The College of Business Center for Values-Driven Leadership (CVDL) custom-designed the Schmitt Future Leaders Development Program, to bring undergraduate students leading best practices in values-driven leadership. Each Schmitt Scholar completes more than 20 hours of interactive learning in workshops, plus continuous mentoring throughout the academic year.Individuals and teams select, design, implement and evaluate a major service learning project to achieve their leadership goals, beyond current individual skill and leadership experience. The program culminates with a formal presentation to the Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation board, BU deans, academic advisors, and parents.Each Scholar subsequently receives an evaluation on this presentation from College of Business faculty and program leaders. Scholars submit a reflective evaluation on their leadership development.
Arthur J. Schmitt Future Leader Development Stages
Within the context of Benedictine University Mission and Common Learning Objectives, the central component of the Future Leaders Scholarship Program is development of the Future Leader Scholars' leadership capacities. We require more than 20 hours of formal leadership development from each Schmitt Scholar and additional ongoing mentoring throughout the academic year, described below in each of its five stages.
- The first stage is a one-hour student leadership orientation. This orientation was for general introductions and orients the students to the expectations of the Schmitt Scholar Future Leaders Program.
- The second stage is a one-day leadership development workshop, consisting of four modules:
- The third stage is a formal dinner in which the Schmitt Future Student Leaders meet with Schmitt Foundation Board members, to introduce their service-learning project proposals
- The fourth stage involves the scholarship recipients implementing their service projects in collaboration with one another or individually
- Scholar presentations fulfill the fifth stage, formal presentations