Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

  • BLF Networking-Spring 2017

Prospective Fellows

Established in 2010 as the Office of Student Life’s signature leadership development experience, the Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program (BLF) provides transformative experiences which empower undergraduate students to challenge themselves to continuously improve, to identify their place within the world, and to mindfully engage in their post-graduate pursuits.

Buckeye Leadership Fellows spend two-years in a select, interdisciplinary cohort, engaging in rigorous personal, professional, and leadership development activities. The experiential program exposes students to a range of public and private industries and encourages them to think differently about how to apply their talents and studies in a practical way. Interested students can apply to the program during their sophomore year.

Applications for the 2019-2021 class open in September 2018.

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Program Experiences


We value practical, real-world exepriences as the best means for Fellows to learn, work in teams, exercise their leadership abilities, and produce results. Leadership Challenges are hosted in partnership with an organization who presents an ambiguous problem they currently face. Then, Fellows work in their multidisciplinary cohort for the reminder of the challenge to understand, create, and deliver tangible solutions to the problem.

This learning strategy allows students to:

  • Learn to navigate and master ambiguity
  • Value the perspectives of others – from other academic disciplines, personal backgrounds, strengths
  • Develop and hone their leadership style in team-oriented settings
  • Practice consultation and project management by: diagnosing problems, researching, creating viable solutions, and sharing them in concise ways

Watch a video recap of one of our leadership challenges by clicking here.


We value opportunities to provide students a new perspective on the working world, how business is conducted, and the norms and values of other cities by visiting to another city.

Click here to watch a video of the Fellows' India Immersion Experience.


Workshops are one-time, 2-4 hour engagements hosted and facilitated by Ohio State alumni, faculty, or Columbus community partners. The focus of workshops is to offer “theory” on a particular topic and immediately connect it to “practice” through an application activity. Although the BLF curriculum includes a series of workshops on professional skills, personal growth, and leadership topics, we are always looking to create new experiences based on the expertise of our supporters.


MISSION: The Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program provides access, offers tools, and creates experiences to empower students to realize their potential and make a positive impact on society.

VISION: We strive to build a community of talented, connected, and empowered leaders.


The following values are heavily emphasized within all Buckeye Leadership Fellows programs and comprise the culture of each cohort:

Relationships – investment in others to build community, share ideas, learn from others, and create synergies - understanding that innovations occur through relationships and teams

Curiosity – about the people, ideas, or contents of one's surroundings that fuels one to ask critical questions, add their individual perspective, and develop novel ideas

Engagement – showing up, making contributions, and maintaining energy in all one does

Leadership – working hard, making decisions, holding oneself and others accountable to commitments, and delivering results in an ethical manner

Diversity – of backgrounds, experiences, thoughts, academic disciplines, ideas, and identities

Intentionality – discovering, living, and refining one’s purpose through pursuit of goals and meaningful involvements

Failure – willingness to try and learn from the experience, regardless of the outcome


Over their four semesters in the Buckeye Leadership Fellows Cohort Program, students engage in workshops, leadership and personality assessments, reading, and personal reflection on the following topics:

  • Semester 1: Personal and Professional Development
  • Semester 2: Leading Teams and Navigating Change
  • Semester 3: Ethics and Character
  • Semester 4: Problem Solving