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Global Leaders Program


What is the Global Leaders Program?

The Global Leaders Program welcomes 50 high-performing students seeking leadership development each academic year. If accepted into this program, you will receive $4000 in one-time funding after completing (30) credit hours at Missouri Southern. These funds can be used for: 

  • International travel
  • Leadership development
  • Undergraduate research
  • Travel to conferences and/or competitions 

But that’s not all!  Students accepted into this program will also have access to leadership focused opportunities and services such as: 

  • Dedicated housing inspiring a living/learning community.
  • Leadership seminars with nationally recognized executives in business, healthcare, politics, the military, education, and more!
  • Trips to local corporations for exposure to career opportunities.
  • Early registration for classes each semester.
  • Service learning and networking opportunities.
  • Social interactions with program donors; and
  • The opportunity to enroll in honors courses (cap size permitting).




What are the qualifications for the Global Leaders Program?

For new applicants:

Do you qualify for the MOSO Merit Premier, MOSO Merit Gold, or the MOSO International Achievement Scholarships? If so, then you also qualify and are invited to apply to the Global Leaders Program!

For students currently in the program:

  • Maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout their academic career 
  • Complete at least 30 credit hours per academic year 
  • Attend program activities and donor stewardship events


How do I  apply?

Applying to this program is easy. 


  • Create a 2-3 minute video of you speaking to the following topic:
    What do you believe are the five most important characteristics of an effective leader during times of uncertainty, such as a global pandemic?
  • The video must include:
    • Your name
    • High school
    • Email address
    • Phone number
    • Must state the topic of the video
  • Save the video as an MP4
  • The naming format should be FirstName_LastName.MP4
  • Upload the video here


  • Once your video application has been submitted, you will receive an emailed form within 24 hours from   Please complete the form with details of your interest in the program and your leadership experience.  Once you have completed the form, please submit to


  • Any qualifying student that has completed the video application and form will be contacted directly for a formal interview with the Global Leaders Director and Global Leaders Advisory Board.


How is the Global Leaders Program funded?

The Global Leaders program will be funded entirely by private gifts. Funding was launched thanks to a gift of $1 million from the late Joel Newby. 

Newby served his country as a Marine in World War II before graduating from Joplin Junior College in 1947. He later went on to a distinguished career in higher education as a professor at the University of Houston. He expressed his desire to help students achieve their maximum potential despite their economic background, and the generous gift from his estate will help Missouri Southern do just that.


Have questions?

For questions regarding the Global Leaders program or the application process please email

Contact the Department

Phone: 417-625-3005