Student Life offers a variety of opportunities to help support a student's interest in discovering and enhancing their own leadership skills.

Students at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) can learn and practice student leadership through leadership seminars, a student organization or our annual conference.

Ruth G. Shaw Scholars

Dr. Ruth G. Shaw, CPCC's second College President, remains a loyal supporter of CPCC students and has begun the Ruth G. Shaw Scholars program at CPCC. This is a selective program, limited to 10 female CPCC students, who will receive a $1,000 scholarship and spend an entire academic year in workshops with other students and with community Ruth G. Shaw mentors. The program aims to:

  • Connect women to one another and to a supportive network of faculty, staff and community mentors.
  • Inspire women to assume positions of leadership and to celebrate their individual and collective achievements.
  • Nurture female 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.

Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are available now. Complete information about the program, including meeting dates/times, is included within the application. Please submit your completed application to any CPCC Student Life office on or before Monday, April 25, 2016. Questions? Contact Amanda Capobianchi or Nakeshia Staley.


    Can't participate in SLA or attend the leadership conference? Visit our online resource to learn more about leadership. Student Life has partnered with CPCC Library Services to provide an online guide for students to access library materials and external resources related to leadership, including books, videos and websites.


    Career & College Readiness also supports leadership experiences for students in their programs (GED, ESL, Pathways, etc.).