Leaders for Life (L4L)

What is Leaders For Life (L4L)?
Leaders For Life is a four-year, cohort-based leadership development and retention program where students participate in a special curriculum and earn scholarships. The first year includes selected Introduction to University Life, UNLF 10211 sections, mentoring meetings with trained upper-division mentors and Leaders For Life staff, exclusive professional development workshops, and participate in campus-wide events. The second year includes continued curriculum focusing on opportunities to increase financial literacy, set goals, create action plans and increase resilience in an off-campus retreat- the Sophomore Getaway, and become trained as an upper-division mentor. The third and fourth years turn focus to mentoring lower-division students and preparation for leadership after college. Students evaluate their program components at various times throughout their involvement and the information is used to continually improve the program to meet student needs. L4L is an excellent complement to other TCU programs and activities, working in tandem with all majors and co-curricular programs.


How are students selected?
Students are invited to apply for L4L in early summer before their first year at TCU. Student Development Services works with offices across campus to collect a diverse pool of invitees based on keywords, interests, and involvements in their admission materials. We strive for a cohort of students with great potential for leadership, an interest in being mentored, an interest in becoming a trained mentor, and students who possess unique perspectives and experiences. Students are selected based on their application responses.


How is it different from other leadership programs at TCU?
L4L is unique in several ways including its mentoring component involving both trained upper-division students and professional staff. The UNLF 10211 courses in the first year are taught by select faculty and staff who work to integrate the student experience and make strong connections between classroom and campus experiences. L4L students develop a strong bond in their cohort and are able to benefit from that group of peers for the entire TCU career, which is unlike many programs which start well into the freshman year. L4L focuses on transitional needs of students while developing and building leadership skills. L4L also aims to recruit a diverse group of perspectives, further supporting the TCU mission: To educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.


What will the L4L experience be like?
Each year, students will have a specific curriculum which they will be responsible for completing. L4L students not only earn a scholarship but are also exposed to high quality curricular and co-curricular experiences that are only available through this program. As L4L is a competitive and prestigious leadership program, students are held to a high standard in and out of the classroom. Students receive detailed requirements in their contracts and are supported each step of the way by a team of L4L staff. 


Can transfers participate in L4L?
At this time L4L recruits from the incoming freshman class. We are examining a way to give transfers a comparable experience and encourage exploring the Leadership Scholars program, which can be started at any point in a student’s TCU career. www.leadership.tcu.edu


Please email us with any questions and one of our team members will respond promptly- L4L@tcu.edu