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GC Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM) Application

In the Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM) Program, Georgia College students are matched with leaders in fields such as business, education, politics, healthcare, law, and industry - many of whom are members of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. These executives serve as mentors for participating students, supporting their personal and professional growth by providing opportunities for them to learn about the principles and practices of effective leadership that benefit the professional world and the community.

Throughout the year, participating students also take part in leadership and professional development opportunities offered by the GEM program. These events and activities allow students to build relationships with their fellow participants, gain a better understanding of leadership concepts, discuss the lessons learned from their mentorship, and develop skills that will help them meet current and future leadership challenges.

The GEM program is a year-long experience and requires a commitment to participate during both the fall and spring semesters of an academic year. Students earn one hour of academic credit each semester by being enrolled in LEAD 2100: Georgia Education Mentorship.

To participate in the GEM program, students must have earned at least 30 hours of academic credit, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and gain acceptance to the program through a selection process that includes the submission of an application packet and an interview with the GEM Program Advisory Board. Students apply to GEM the academic year prior the year they hope to participate. Participants who successfully complete the program will attend a special closing ceremony in their honor and receive an award to recognize participation and a cord to be worn at graduation.

Established in 2002, and initially funded by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation (, GEM is a creative partnership between Georgia College and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce ( Since the program’s inception, over 300 students have participated.

Application Deadline (For the 2013-14 Academic Year): *March 1, 2013

* Students from all disciplines are invited to apply, and they may do so at any time during the academic year. In general, it is recommended that students apply to GEM by late Fall semester or within the first month or so of Spring semester. This will allow adequate time for the selection committee to schedule an interview with the student. That being said, the program will accept applications as long as there is time to schedule an interview before the end of spring semester. Students interested in applying to GEM after the deadline should contact John Bowen, coordinator of Leadership Programs, at

Applicants are asked to keep in mind the following:

  • GEM is a two-semester experience. If selected, students are required to participate both Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
  • In GEM, students are matched with mentors who may be located in another city. As such, students must often travel to meet with their mentors. If selected, students are expected to secure your own transportation to visit your mentor.
  • The GEM experience carries academic credit. If selected, students will be enrolled in LEAD 2100: Georgia Education Mentorship both Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, and receive one hour of credit each semester.
  • The GEM experience requires participation in leadership and professional development events (most of which are held on campus) and the completion of academic assignments.
  • Students can expect to be notified of their application status by May 1.

To learn more or apply, visit, or contact John Bowen, coordinator of leadership programs, at or 445-1227.

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