Ruth G. Shaw Scholars Program

Dr. Ruth Shaw, Central Piedmont's second college president, made a recent gift to create the Ruth G. Shaw Women’s Leadership Program in partnership with the Central Piedmont Foundation and Student Life.

About the Program

This unique student program aims to:

  • connect women students to one another and to a supportive network of community mentors
  • inspire women students to assume positions of leadership and to celebrate their individual and collective achievements
  • nurture female student leaders by encouraging and demonstrating critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and problem-solving strategies
  • foster a deeper awareness of the many roles women play and their contributions to society

Program Eligibility and Application

    The program is limited to 10 female students who will participate in sessions, both with Ruth G. Shaw scholar mentors and separately with scholars. Through monthly luncheons and guided conversations with community mentors, the Ruth G. Shaw Women’s Leadership Program offers:

    • interaction with college leaders, faculty, staff, and alumnae
    • personal and professional skill development
    • hands-on leadership development
    • recognition of achievement: as a culminating event and in collaboration with faculty, staff, and mentors, participants will plan and execute an annual spring capstone presentation about their experience in the program

    Qualifications for consideration:

    • must be enrolled for the entirety of the 2019-2020 academic year in curriculum classes
    • must be able to attend all Ruth G. Shaw Scholar gatherings
    • must be demonstrating successful progress towards degree
    • requires a 2.5 GPA
    • complete application and required interview is part of selection

    Contact Amanda Capobianchi at or Anita McGill at with any questions about the Ruth G. Shaw Scholars program.