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The LEAD Award Program

Students Participating in LEAD Events

The William Woods LEAD Award Program encourages you to take part in cultural, intellectual and global activities outside the classroom, while also assisting in academic progression. For students enrolling in Fall 2023 and after, we’ll award you $2,000 every year of your undergraduate career AND you’ll receive a FREE online summer general education course your Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years. LEAD is one of the many was we’ll help you flourish outside of the classroom and assist in your academic progression!

How will you lead?

How LEAD works:

1. Get involved.

2. Be rewarded.

The LEAD Award program is an annual tuition award granted to all undergraduate students, regardless of financial need, who commit to campus and community involvement. Take part in a variety of events to earn your LEAD points, including plays and musicals, on-campus sporting events, special guest speakers, horse shows, student/faculty-led presentations, and so much more!

Lead Cards

Over $30,000,000 in financial assistance

The purpose of the LEAD Award Program is to enrich our students' educational experience, and encouraging their participation and involvement in university life outside of the classroom. Since 2000, the Program has provided over $30 million in financial assistance to William Woods University students and is available to any new, full-time student admitted to William Woods University.

An award of $2,000 is possible for residential students and $1,000 for commuter students each year.

LEAD Requirements

The LEAD Award is offered to any student who has been formally accepted to William Woods University. Those who accept the award choose to become a part of the LEAD Program and commit themselves to participating in activities designated as LEAD-eligible activities over the course of the academic year.

In order for a LEAD student to be eligible for the financial benefit of the LEAD Award each upcoming semester, the student will have had to fulfill their commitment to participate in a pre-determined number and type of LEAD activities during the previous semester. Students must fulfill their LEAD commitment for the previous academic year, in order to be eligible for the free online course that summer.

The $2,000 tuition award amount ($1,000 for commuters) and free online summer course under the LEAD Award will apply to new incoming students starting in the Fall 2023 semester and after. Current students who were awarded LEAD prior to Fall 2023 enrollment will continue to participate in LEAD under existing rules until they graduate.