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President Carter with GSW students in the Carter Leadership Program

President Jimmy Carter is shown with the inaugural group of GSW students in the Carter Leadership Program.

About the Program

The President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program honors the legacy of GSW alumnus and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. The program consists of two pathways, an Undergraduate Research Track and a Service Track, that exemplify Carter’s lifetime of leadership in education, politics and community service. Guided by the evidence-based “The Social Change Model of Leadership Development,” the four-year Carter Leadership Program allows students to develop their leadership skills both individually and within a group.  

During their first year, students will focus on individual growth and development, working to understand their own beliefs and values. The second year will explore the role of the group, how to build trust with others and how to work collaboratively towards common goals.

In year three, students will choose between the academically-focused Research Track and the service learning-focused Service Track. In the fourth and final year, students will develop a senior research or service project dependent upon their track.  

Admission Requirements

Students who score a minimum 1100 on the SAT or an ACT composite score of 22, hold a high school curriculum grade point average of 3.0 or greater and have been admitted to GSW are eligible to apply for the PCLP program. Students who do not meet this academic criteria, but have demonstrated strong leadership skills in high school will also qualify. Students who held a leadership role in high school, whether it was on a sports team, a student club, or community organization, are eligible to apply.

The deadline to apply for the program for Fall 2021 admission is February 1, 2021.


Students in the Carter Leadership Program will receive scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $3,500 each year they are in the program. A guaranteed $1,500, plus either $1,000 or $2,000 from the Southwestern Promise scholarship (regardless of geographic location). This is in addition to any further scholarships the student may be eligible for. This program is made possible thanks to generous support from the Charles L. Mix Memorial Fund, therefore recipients of this scholarship will be known as Mix Scholars. 

Program Requirements

Students must live on campus the two years of the PCLP program in a designated area of the resident hall. Scholarships are renewable if the students maintain a college GPA is 3.0 or higher and program requirements are met.

More Information

For more information, contact Program Director Lynda Lee Purvis at or the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at (229) 928-1273.

If interested in applying, please fill out the scholarship application.


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