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Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program 2018 Superlatives of the Year Awards

Scholar of the Year, Sawyer Lee

Selected from a pool of more than 300 scholars this year, the 2018 Scholar of the Year Award was given to Sawyer Lee, a high-performing individual who makes a significant and long-lasting impact on the future of the Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program. Sawyer has been described as punctual, ambitious, patient, considerate, resourceful and reliable.

In reading the evaluation comments written by his supervisor, the original goals for Sawyer’s internship quickly changed when they saw just how eager he was to learn and grow. He served as a constant reminder of why they chose to become involved in the program. His supervisor goes on to say they hold him up as an example of someone possessing the character exemplifying the mission of the Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program.

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Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program 2018 Rising Star Superlatives

Braxton Nelson, Year 1 Rising Star

Braxton Nelson received this award for being recognized by his supervisor as someone “not afraid to get in the trenches and work.” In addition, Braxton completed all of the necessary paperwork on time during the course of this program year! He not only worked the required number of hours for the summer internship, but also volunteered at other locations within his community during this same time period.Braxton was asked to be on the Caldwell Historical Society Board, which he joined. Although not a voting member, he still participates in board meetings and offers ideas and suggestions. Congratulations to 2018 Year 1 Rising Star award winner, Braxton Nelson!

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GLSLP Alumnus Wins Award at Former Internship Site

Marc Danks, a recent graduate of UNC-Wilmington with a B.S. in social work and a member of the Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program (GLSLP) Class of 2018, has received a service award at his former internship site, Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, NC. A native of Wayne County, Danks began his summer internship as a second-year scholar in 2016 and, after completing his required hours, remained committed to his duties at the hospital. For his tremendous work at Cherry Hospital, Danks was the recipient of the Edythe O. Blanton Volunteer Service Award.

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The Critical Role of Internships in the Success of GLSLP

The Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program (GLSLP) offers one of the most comprehensive internship experiences for young people trying to gain work experience of any offered to this population in the state. In concert with their personal coach, each first and second-year scholar is responsible for searching for an internship in their tier one or tier two home county which aligns with their major in school. Coaches, many of whom are from the same or neighboring counties of the scholars they mentor, help provide critical support in a variety of ways. First, they help prep scholars by partnering to develop letters of interest to be sent to potential sites, and often coach them through what is for many their first professional interview experience. Once the scholar secures an internship, the coach further supports their learning experience by encouraging them to set challenging goals that allow them to make the most of this growth opportunity.

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Welcome to our News Page!

Welcome to the Golden LEAF Leaders News Page! We hope to connect and build community among Scholars, coaches, and program staff and reach others as the program grows.

We encourage Scholars to make posts to share their experiences and thoughts, and we’ll publish as much as possible. Please send to and we will choose as many as possible to post on the page.

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Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership January Conference

The next generation of rural North Carolina leaders began their leadership journey January 13 – 15, 2017 at the Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Conference. The conference, which was held by the Center for Creative Leadership at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, kicked off the next year of the Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program.

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Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program
Center for Creative Leadership
1 Leadership Pl.
Greensboro, NC 27410

Julie Griffin | Program Director
(336) 286-4412 | Fax: (336) 286- 4434

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