Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program


  • Gain experience in your future career field or area of passion
  • On the job work experience in a rural NC county
  • Career advancement opportunities through
  • Internship work and networking
  • Two leadership conferences


  • Support through paid internship and coaching
  • Connect with other Golden LEAF Scholars from rural NC areas on the challenges and positives of rural NC life and change
  • Network with a community of supportive adults, coaches, and community members that believe in the power of college students to change the world
  • Contribute to a positive change in rural NC


  • Focus on student ideas & involvement: You choose your internship
  • Gain the ability to set personal goals and assert your mission through a 9 month coaching experience
  • Build communication and leadership skills, which are highly sought after in the workplace, from one of the top leadership development companies in the world

Opening Leadership Conference

This conference will encompass a series of interactive workshops covering key leadership skills such as communication, values and ethics, working in teams, and personal vision. Scholars will work towards developing a vision for their summer internship, in addition to creating a firm leadership foundation to carry them through the remainder of college, career, and life. Scholars will also learn more about the Golden LEAF Foundation and its role in transforming North Carolina’s economy and the strengths and challenges of working, living, and leading in rural NC.


Each Golden LEAF Scholar will be assigned a coach for the eight-month duration of the program. Coaches are people that have applied to our coach program, care about young people, and have worked with mentoring or coaching young people or business leaders. They go through training and are personally selected to be a part of the program for their passion and commitment to helping others. Coaches are used at various levels throughout CCL leadership programs to assist participants in setting action goals and processing their experiences. In the Golden LEAF Leadership Program, they will help Scholars develop and implement goals related to the summer internship project, academic, and career goals through attendance and interaction at conferences and monthly phone calls.

Summer Internship Project

During the summer, each Scholar will engage in an internship in a rural NC county. The goal is for each Scholar to gain real world experience in work that speaks to their passions and furthers their career goals. The internship plan will be developed with the help of a personal coach at the end of the Leadership Conference. Please click here for a list of qualifying counties.

Closing Leadership Conference

Scholars will present their summer experiences and contributions they made in rural N.C. with the community of Golden LEAF Scholars, coaches, and program staff. The focus is to process key components of internship success and to highlight their awakening awareness of rural N.C. communities’ needs and possibilities.

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

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

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