Ruth G. Shaw Scholars Program

Dr. Ruth Shaw, Central Piedmont's second college president, made a gift to the college 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 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

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


    The program is limited to 12 women who will participate in sessions, both with Ruth G. Shaw scholar mentors and separately with scholars. Qualifications for consideration:

    • must be enrolled in for-college-credit classes for the entirety of the 2021–22 academic year
    • must be able to attend all Ruth G. Shaw Scholar gatherings
    • must be demonstrating successful progress towards degree (must have completed two semesters of coursework at Central Piedmont before fall 2021)
    • 2.5 GPA
    • complete application and required interview


    1. Complete the online application by Sunday, April 25.
    2. If you are invited for a group interview, those interviews will be held Wednesday, April 28–Friday, April 30. (If invited, you will get to provide your preferred time and date from within those dates.)

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