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Thank you for your interest in participating in the Leadership, Empowerment, and Discovery (LEAD) Bridge Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), Stevens Point, Wisconsin. LEAD Bridge Program is focused on increasing first-year undergraduate students’ sense of belonging at UWSP. The program is aimed at providing a supportive community that promotes student success by getting first-year undergraduate students ahead and ready to start their college careers. It focuses on campus resources, transitioning to college, student success skills, social and enrichment activities, and the development of future campus leaders. Program participants will gain a built-in network of support as they navigate their university experience to promote their personal, social, and academic well-being. 

Join Us for LEAD August 27-September 1

Leadership, Empowerment and Discovery program will take place Aug. 27-Sept. 1, 2022, and will continue with supportive mentorship and programming throughout the 2022-2023 academic year. View the 2021 LEAD Bridge Program video.
Participation Cost: FREE

Program Schedule:

Program Highlights:
LEAD Scholar Scholarship:

Selected participants will also receive a $1,000 scholarship ($500 Fall 2022, $500 Spring 2023)

  1. Meet UW-Stevens Point’s admission requirements and commit to enrolling in UW-Stevens Point for the upcoming fall 2022 semester
  2. Identify with one or more of the following groups:
    • Member of a historically underrepresented ethnic/racial group
    • LGBTQIAA+ community
    • A first generation college student (neither parent received a bachelor’s degree)
    • Socioeconomic status (financial need)

  1. Please click on the application here
    Thank you for your interest in LEAD, but our application is now closed for fall 2022.
  2. Please note: Before you start with the application, we suggest that you prepare the essay questions below first and then copy and paste to the application survey above. We recommend between half a page and a full page for each essay question.
    • What is your story (example: family, background, struggles, accomplishments, etc….)?
    • Tell us a little bit about your interests, hobbies, organizations/activities, etc…..Also are there student organizations at UWSP that you are interested in knowing more about?
    • What most concerns you, or excites you, about the transition to college?

  • Early Consideration Deadline: May 16, 2022
  • Second Consideration Deadline: June 13, 2022
  • Late Consideration Deadline (for remaining spaces): July 15, 2022

Thank you for your interest in LEAD, but our application is now closed for fall 2022. 

  • For early and secondary applicants, you will be notified of your status by June 30, 2022.
  • For late applicants, you will be notified of your status by August 1, 2022, pending space availability.

Thank you for your interest in LEAD, but our application is now closed for fall 2022. 

The LEAD Bridge Program will accept 100 students.

“I had a great time meeting my mentors and talking about college life. LEAD has been a great experience for me.”
Julia Douglas LEAD student


Dr. Samantha Samreth
Director of Diversity and College Access or 715-346-3225

Maria Harris
Multicultural Resource Coordinator or 715-346-4164