Diplomat Leadership Program
Shaping and Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders
Established in 2022 by a generous gift from the Lancaster-based Steinman Foundation, the Diplomat Leadership Program comprises a scholarship and four years of co-curricular programming. Through monthly workshops, community events, and off-campus programming, students embark on a comprehensive, four-year examination of what it means to be a leader, community member, and force of change in the world.
Diplomat Leaders examine leadership modes (such as the Social Change Model of Leadership), engage with the Lancaster Community through organizations such as Leadership Lancaster and our local businesses and resources, and pursue service opportunities supported by F&M’s Ware Institute for Civic Engagement.
During the program, students explore the Social Change Model’s assumptions about leadership, which:
- is socially responsible;
- impacts change in support of others;
- is inclusive and values-based; and
- is a process rather than a position
“The leadership sessions have provided me with a better understanding of myself as
a leader, and have taught me that leadership is not ‘one-size-fits-all.’”"I have learned how to better serve myself and my community through discovering my
personal style of leadership.” — Jamie, Diplomat Leadership Participant
“The Leadership Program has without a doubt been one of my favorite parts of being
a student at F&M.”"The ability to meet unique people with interesting perspectives, be connected to
incredible opportunities, and form close bonds with my peers in the program are all
such unique things that I don't think I would have gotten at any other school.” —
Ethan, Diplomat Leadership Participant
How are students enrolled into the program?
Students are selected after a brief application process following submission of the F&M admission application. For applicants entering the college in the fall of 2023, this scholarship was $15,000 per year, renewable for up to eight semesters.
What is the time commitment for accepted students?
Does the program subscribe to a particular model of leadership?
SCM is sometimes known as “The Seven C’s for Change,” because it is organized around seven values that all start with the letter C: Consciousness of Self, Congruence, Commitment, Collaboration, Common Purpose, Controversy with Civility, and Citizenship. These seven values are grouped into three sets: Individual, Group, and Community.
Our exploration of leadership within the Diplomat Leadership Program entails examining the SCM model, its strengths and weaknesses, and exploring additional leadership models as we seek to inspire students to lead from their individual and unique strengths.