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What is the Shaw Leadership Program?

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Leadership Set In Motion

The Shaw Leadership Program is a unique, four-year opportunity run through the Office of Residential Life. Each summer, twenty highly motivated and accomplished incoming freshmen from around the country and the world are selected from a competitive applicant pool to become the Shaw Leaders for their graduating class. During their first year in the program, students reside in the Shaw House on Upper Campus, attend weekly seminars given by influential student leaders, professors, and University administrators, implement service projects on campus, and participate in regular community service activities in the greater Boston community.

Upperclassmen in the program serve as mentors to first-year Shaw Leaders, formally through Shaw's Mentoring Program, and more informally through their attendance of regular program dinners, holiday parties, and other social events. Sophomore, junior, and senior Shaw Leaders may also apply to become members of the Shaw Council, which aids the Shaw Director in designing and facilitating the major aspects of the program.



A Legacy of Excellence

Dr. Capalbo created the Shaw Leadership Program with the hope of guiding would-be leaders of BC's various student organizations, and his vision has become a reality. Members of the Shaw Leadership Program have served as editors of The Heights, presidents of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC), Orientation Leaders, Resident Assistants, Appalachia Volunteers, and much more! Shaw members have a history of achieving excellence in academics and beyond, boasting recipients and candidates of the Oscar Romero Scholarship, the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, the Asian American Scholarship, as well as the National Fulbright, Goldwater, and Truman Scholarships.