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Bobcat Leadership Series 3.0

Bobcat Leadership Series 3.0

Applications are OPEN for BLS 3.0

The Bobcat Leadership Series 3.0 is a capstone program for students who have received Tier 2 Bobcat Leader Certification. Students in BLS 3.0 will integrate the leadership skills, knowledge, and capacity they developed in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 programsĀ and create a program to benefit the campus or the surrounding community. Students will meet with Souza Center staff to develop their program and will receive up to a $150 grant upon approval. In addition to their program, students will read an article of their choosing each month; submit reflections, and a final reflection paper.

Download the BLS 3.0 syllabus here

In order to complete this program, receive certification in Bobcat Leadership Tier 3, and receive a Leadership Center stole for graduation participants must complete each of the following tasks:

  • Begin implementing their program at the start of the semester
  • Complete 3 monthly reflections
  • Unlock their Full 34 CliftonStrenghts sequence (Access code provided) and particiapte in a 60min coaching session
  • Attend 2 of the monthly meetings or 1:1 check-ins with Souza Center Staff
  • Read 3 articles on leadership
  • Submit a 5 page final reflection/research paper
  • Complete a LinkedIn profile
  • Have their resume reviewed by a Career Counselor

In total you will have to have submitted 4 reflection papers by the end of this program: 3 monthly reflections and 1 final reflection/research paper.

Project Requirements/Restrictions:

  1. Projects must be connected to a current or new RCO on campus.
  2. Projects must be new or intend to significantly expand an existing program.
  3. Projects must involve active engagement with the campus or Merced community.
  4. Projects may not involve collecting donations of money or goods.
  5. Project funding may not be used for incentives, prizes, or thank you gifts.

If you have questions contact the Souza Staff at