3:50 am - Wednesday December 13, 2017

OJC’s President’s Leadership Program accepting scholarship applications

The President’s Leadership Program (PLP) is in its inaugural year at Otero Junior College.  The Foundation will be underwriting a minimum of 10 $1,000 scholarships for the program awarded to scholars on a competitive basis. Scholarship applications are currently being accepted for the program. The deadline is April 15, 2013.


Samme Ormiston, a ten-year member of the OJC business technologies faculty is directing the new leadership program. Ormiston, an alumna of OJC, is also a graduate of Panhandle University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where she earned an M.B.A. degree. Ormiston was an Ambassador at Panhandle University and has an extensive background in management and leadership studies.


According to Ormiston, the goal of the PLP is to develop and train emerging leaders at Otero Junior College through an academic leadership program that is focused on academic, experiential and service learning. Students accepted into the program will earn an academic Certificate in Leadership Studies in conjunction with an associate’s degree.


The Certificate in Leadership Studies requires 12-credit hours of study that includes two 3-credit hour core leadership courses and two additional elective courses from a wide-variety of academic programs on campus.


The required 3-credit leadership core courses taught by Ormiston will include:

1). Management 175: Foundations of Leadership – offered during Fall Semester.

2). Management 225: Leadership – offered during Spring Semester.


“In addition to earning a certificate in leadership studies at OJC, we have also been able to align our program with similar programs at four-year colleges in Colorado, thus creating the opportunity for students to seamlessly transfer into those programs after leaving OJC,” said Ormiston.


The second requirement for program completion is 30 hours of service learning experiences each semester.


“The program places an emphasis on community service and civic engagement in order to help scholars develop a social awareness, civic responsibility and interconnectedness. Scholars will be required to do a minimum of 30 hours of community service each semester they are enrolled in the program.” explained Ormiston.


The final requirement is the scholar’s participation in experiential learning activities. PLP scholars will be given ample opportunities to learn about leadership through numerous hands-on experiences.


Experiences will vary each year and could include such activities as annual leadership workshops and conferences, lectures from recognized leaders and opportunities for leadership positions on campus and in the community.  “This year members have had the opportunity to work with leaders from across the nation and have learned valuable life lessons from a variety of reputable sources” said Ormiston.


PLP scholars are also asked to become active members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Associated Student Government or other campus organizations to encourage their involvement on campus.  According to Autumn Shields, a current PLP member, “I am stepping out of my comfort zone a lot, learning to work with new people, doing fun activities, learning different things about leadership in the classroom and becoming a better person all around.”


The Otero Junior College Foundation will provide at least 10 annual scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to each selected scholar. This scholarship can be renewed for one year if the scholar remains in good standing with the program and meets the year-two continuation eligibility requirements. Scholars must maintain a 3.2 GPA to stay in the program.


Scholarship applications are currently being accepted for next year. To apply for membership and scholarship consideration visit our website athttp://www.ojc.edu/leadership.aspx or contact Samme Ormiston.  The application deadline is April 15, 2013.


Scholarship selection will be based on leadership potential, intellectual curiosity, commitment to something outside one’s self and successful interview participation. A minimum of a 3.2 cumulative high school or college grade point average is recommended. Scholars must have the intent to earn an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science Degree at OJC and transfer on to a four-year college or university in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.


A minimum of 10 scholars will be accepted each year into the program on scholarships. Up to five additional scholars can be accepted into the program without scholarship. All scholars will be chosen based upon:

•             Completed written application that includes an essay question and examples of leadership and service experiences

•             Two letters of recommendation

•             High School or college transcripts

•             Personal interview


PLP member Lauren Connel said, “This program is a great way to bring out your leadership skills. Sometimes the best leaders are not the ones at the front of the group. Anyone can be a leader. This program will teach you skills that you will take with you wherever you go in life.”


If you are interested in building your leadership skills and becoming a member of this unique program contact: Samme Ormiston, President’s Leadership Program Director, 1802 Colorado Ave., La Junta, CO  81050, 719-384-6850samme.ormiston@ojc.edu.






Photo Caption: 2012-2013 President’s Leadership Program members. The program is currently taking scholarship applications for future PLP scholars.




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