Schmitt Scholars are chosen by the programs listed below to honor and develop outstanding high school student leaders. Their scholarships allow them to attend selective private high schools and participate in leadership development  programs, mentoring, and tutoring that challenge them to grow as students, compassionate individuals and leaders in the making.


Schmitt Scholars at these colleges are selected for their outstanding academic performance as well as their desire to make a difference on their campus and in the world. In addition to receiving tuition scholarships, each campus develops a unique Schmitt Scholar leadership program to challenge Scholars to discover a passion, purpose and project that launches their leadership skills to a new level. 


These Centers provide opportunities for leadership development.


Below is  short list of suggested leadership texts. Click on Texts for Leadership Programing to get much more.

  • Social Change Model of Leadership Guidebook
  • Exploring Leadership for College Students who want to make a Difference by Susan R. Komives
  • The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  • Emotional Intelligence: A Guide for Students
  • The Power of Servant Leadership by Robert K Greenleaf and Larry C. Spears
  • Interfaith Leadership by Eboo Patel
  • Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowney
  • Quest for Leadership: The Arthur J. Schmitt Story by Arthur J. Schaefer
  • An Odyssey of Reform Initiatives: The Back Story by Frank G. Splitt


Schmitt Scholar graduate students are awarded financial support in pursuit of their PhD. Each graduate program initiates unique ways to further the impact and leadership potential of each Scholars' research work.