Legacy Leaders

Confident, skilled and knowledgeable leaders are needed to inspire, lead and foster dynamic and viable organizations and communities in Texas. The Jane Nelson Institute Legacy Leaders program is a multi-year, structured experience designed for exceptional student leaders who want to improve their local communities by getting more involved in local nonprofit boards, government committees and other volunteer efforts.

While there are many individuals in a community who are willing to give their time and talents to serve the needs of others, sometimes they lack the connections, skills or confidence to take on leadership roles. This program will help prepare TWU student leaders for a life of service, commitment and contribution in their future communities.  

Eligibility Requirements

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • First-time entering freshman student
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Demonstrated leadership in school and/or community 
  • Pell Grant eligibility is preferred, but not required
  • Standardized test scores will not be required for the fall 2021 application

A holistic review of academic factors, activities/involvement and leadership ability will be provided to all applicants that meet the criteria and successfully complete the application process.

Scholarship Award

Students invited to participate in the Jane Nelson Institute Legacy Leaders program will receive an annual scholarship of $11,000, renewable for up to four years. This scholarship cannot be combined with the Honors, President’s Leadership Council, Terry Scholarship, Leaders In Training or Chancellor’s Awards.  

Lesly Alvarado

The mission of Legacy Leaders is the most unique and important part of the program. Providing the necessary tools and connections to students who are looking for involvement in the community will ultimately lead to a stronger generation that gives back. The strong foundation set by the program is what sets the scholars apart from others who wish to help but are unable to due to lack of resources.

Lesly Alvarado, Inaugural Class, Fall 2020


Legacy Leaders do not participate in the Living Learning Community program and may apply for Housing  according to the University Housing guidelines.

Due to high academic achievement, Legacy Leaders may receive a new student merit award from the institution. These awards, range from $1,200 - $3,000 and can be stacked with the Legacy Leaders scholarship for students electing to live on campus.

Page last updated 5:12 PM, October 14, 2020