Our Students

Emerging Leaders is a small, selective program that only accepts the brightest and most dedicated students. Below are some of our featured students for the 2015-2016 academic year and their greatest accomplishments since arriving at VCU. 


Hayley Pottle- Class of 2018, Mass Communications Major, Public Relations Concentration
VCU Sophomore Scholarship Recipient, VCU Mary C Clark Memorial Grant Recipient, Career Ambassador at VCU Career Services, VCU Students Today Alumni Tomorrow Leadrship Council, President’s office student leadership council, Member of VCU Council for Inclusive Excellence and equity, InterVarsity Christian Student Fellowship Leadership Team, Virginia 21 Legislative and Social Media Intern

Jawharah Tomawis – Class of 2018, Nursing Major, University Honors, Guaranteed Admission for the Nurse Practitioner Program (MS)

UNIV 200 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Grace E Harrist Leadership Institute Program Asisstant, Kauffman Memorial Fund Scholarship Recipient, St. Philip Fund Scholarship Recipient, FACT@VCU Talent Night and Charity Ball Performer










Natalie Abernethy – Class of 2017, Kinetic Imaging Major (BFA), Minor in Art History, Certificate in Product Innovation, University Honors, Art Honors
2016-2017 VMFA (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) Undergraduate Fellowship for New//Emerging Media, Video Intern at Urban Outfitters, President of Omicron Delta Kappa, Treasurer for Omicron Delta Kappa, Teaching Assistant for Honors Rhetoric (HONR 200), Deans Scholarship Recipient, Marcia Walpert Honors Scholarship Recipient, Academic Achievement Grant Recipient, Summer 2014 Orientation Leader

Justin Gardner – Class of 2018, Computer Science Major, Italian Minor, Certificate in CyberSecurity, University Honors

President of CyberSecurity Student Org, Phi Kappa Psi Leadership Scholarship, Dominion Power Business Analyst Inter and Network Ops Intern, Computer Science Student Advisory Board, Founder of VCU CS Hackerspace, Study Abroad in Perugia for Italian


Below is a more comprehensive list of some of our 2015-2016 students' accomplishments.


Academic Achievement Grant Qimonda Scholarship
Deans Scholarship Virginia Merit Scholarship
Marcia Walpert Honors Scholarship VCU License Plate Affinity Scholarship
Mary C Clark Memorial Grant VCU Sophomore Scholarship
Provost Scholarship VMFA Undergraduate Fellowship
Psi Chi Scholarship  


Other Awards/Recognitions

Art Honors Omicron Delta Kappa Membership

Dean's List

Phi Kappa Pi Membership
Golden Key Honor Society Membership Phi Sigma Pi Membership
Honors College University Honors
National Society of Collegiate Scholars Membership VCU National Merit Honor Society Membership


Student Organization Involvement (Officer Level)

Founder - Transitional Neuroscience Club Membership Recruitment Chair - International Business Club President - Omicron Delta Kappa
Founder - Wildlife Society Student Chapter at VCU InterVarsity Leadership Team Treasurer - Omicron Delta Kappa
Founders - Eat Green President - Arabic Club Students Today Alumni Tomorrow Leadership Council
Founder - Recreational Dance at VCU President - Club Dodgeball Vice President - Students for Wildlife Conservation
Historian - Dance Club President - CyberSecurity at VCU Vice President of Recruitment - Alpha Omicron Pi
Historian - Start Up Club President - I Am That Girl Vice President of Scholarship - Alpha Gamma Delta


Other Campus/Community Involvement

Alternative Spring Break Site Leader Her Campus Magazine Editor Selection Committee - Off-Campus Student Services
Business Student Ambassador Her Campus Writer Student Admissions Ambassador
Career Services Career Ambassador Honors Council Community Service Chair Student Advisory Board for Computer Science
Council Member - Inclusive Excellence & Equality Committee Member - Activities Programming Board Student Outdoor Leadership Experiences (SOLE) Leader
Creative Director -  INK Magazine New Student Orientation Leader Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Director of Publicity - Johnson Community Council New Student Orientation Team Captain VCU Health Volunteer
DJ at WVCW Student Run Radio President - Johnson Hall Community Council VCU-Qatar SGA Leadership Exchange Program
Engineering Student Ambassador President's Office Student Leadership Council VCU-Talks Speaker
Emergency Response Team at St. Francis Hospital Ram Camp Leader  
Founder - Hackerspace Lab Resident Assistant  


Professional Experience/Internships

Dina Mackney Designs Intern Presidential Candidate Internship
Dominion Power Business Analyst Inter Urban Outfitters Video Intern
Dominion Power Network Ops Intern Virginia 21 Legislative & Social Media Intern
ICA (Institute for Contemporary Art) Retail Strategy Intern Virginia Institute for Psychiatric & Behavioral Genetics Intern
Moda Operandi Styling & Editorial Intern VMFA Marketing/Communications Intern