Utica College News

Young Scholars, Community Foundation Team Up

New Project Designed to Foster Graduate Leadership Skills

Written by: Kelsey Carlo, '18, PR Intern

Utica College’s Young Scholars and The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties have recently partnered to establish the Young Scholars Graduate Leadership Development Program project.

This two-year grant of $89,974 will be used to offer Young Scholars graduates who are enrolled in local colleges and the local workforce a defined program which will help them further develop their personal, professional, and community leadership skills.

“This exciting new program – a partnership between the Community Foundation, Young Scholars and Utica College – is the perfect next step to further our mission. We’re working with YS graduates, helping them to prepare to be our upcoming entrepreneurs, business and civic leaders,” said Pamela Matt, YSP executive director.

The program will be conducted over a nine-month period, coinciding with the academic calendar; participants will meet monthly for two-hour sessions.

Matt said the new program launched Jan. 4 and will run until the middle of May. There will also be a summer program open to YS graduates who attend colleges out of town. Going forward Matt said, the program would run through the next academic year.

The objectives include:
- Expanding and formalizing outreach and connection to all Young Scholars graduates with a focus on those attending college locally or working in the region
- Continuing the program’s hallmark individualized support, especially to first generation college attendees
- Launch a leadership program
- Providing professional networking opportunities that enable students to expand their personal and professional connections

For more information, contact Matt, at (315) 792-3237 or pgmatt@utica.edu.

About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls more than 5,000 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 31 minors, 20 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.

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