Welcome to The Harold Schafer Emerging Leaders Academy

Each of our academic programs is intended to prepare you to be a leader in the service of truth, an exemplary professional in your chosen field. But if you’re looking for more, if you want to get out into the real-world and interact with leaders in your chosen field, then the Emerging Leaders Academy is for you.

Here are just a few of the opportunities you will have as an Emerging Leader:

  • A professional mentorship program
  • Participation in structured leadership training
  • Experiential learning activities in your chosen field
  • Service learning opportunities

How to Apply

  1. Complete an application for admission
  2. Complete the ELA application visit www.umary.edu/ELAapp
  3. Complete an interview with a faculty member
  4. Receive notice of acceptance from school faculty and ELA Program Director

Admission requirements include 21 ACT and 3.25 high school GPA. Students that do not meet these criteria could be admitted based on interview performance.

Interested in learning more? Get the info you need.

Call:  (701) 355-8030
Email: [email protected]

For students majoring in:

Business Administration
Business Communication
Computer Information Systems
Engineering Science
Financial Services & Banking
Government & Political Philosophy
Healthcare Administration
Information Technology
Mass Communication
Public Policy
Public Relations
Sport and Leisure Management

"Over the past four years at the University of Mary I have been privileged to participate in the Leadership Academy. It has been an incredible experience being able to take part in numerous service projects, professional development seminars and community outreach programs. I would strongly encourage any student to apply for the Leadership Academy; it helps define your leadership skills and pushes you to be the best servant leader possible."

Hannah Haynes - Marketing and Business Finance, Class of 2015

For students majoring in:

Biology Education
Criminal Justice
Culture Studies
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
English Education
History Education
Liberal Arts
Mathematics Education
Music Education
Music Performance
Music in Emphasis in Sacred Music
Pastoral Ministry
Social Studies Education
Theological Studies
University Studies

"The ELA program has given me confidence in my weaknesses and strengths and provided places in the classroom and the professional world to develop them."

Cate Zebroski - Elementary Education and Catholic Studies major, Class of 2016

For students majoring in:

Athletic Training
Communication Disorders
Exercise Science
Medical Laboratory Science
Radiologic Technology
Respiratory Therapy
Pre-Professional areas (Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Veterinary Science)

"The aspect of the Emerging Leaders Academy that I have benefited from the most is the mentorship program. Cheryl Kalberer is one of the greatest professors that I have had the pleasure of working with. She understands that as students, particularly those who are planning on going onto graduate programs, we need to network within the community to make ties that will help us in the future. As a junior, I was given the opportunity to work with Dr. Neumann, the UND Dean of the School of Health Sciences on the Bismarck campus. Not only did the pre-medicine majors get to meet several times with Dr. Neumann and discuss issues pertinent to the medical field, he also paired us up with 4th year medical students to meet with. They had us participate in mock medical school interviews and gave us constructive feedback and tips for the interview and application process. I know for a fact that if I had gone to a larger university, I would not have had this opportunity."

Erin Hamar - Respiratory Therapy, Class of 2015

Program in Review

  1. Enroll in ELA 110/120
  2. Meetings, seminars, and receptions with key community leaders
  3. Participation in service learning and servant leadership experiential learning activities
  4. Assignment of a sophomore ELA student mentor
  5. Attend President’s lecture series
  1. Enroll in ELA 210/220
  2. Participation in service learning and servant leadership experiential learning activities
  3. Participation in professional and leadership development train experiences
  4. Mentor a freshman ELA student
  1. Enroll in ELA 310/320
  2. Assignment of a faculty and professional mentor
  3. Development and implementation of advanced student initiated service learning and/or servant leadership experiential learning activities
  4. Participation in advanced professional and leadership development training experiences
  1. Enroll in ELA 410
  2. Student organized advanced educational and/or professional learning opportunity