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Presidential Leadership Scholars Module Three recap


Dallas and America’s History of Violence

June 29, 2020 | Byron Sanders (‘17)

“Putting this weekend in perspective, we see violence in every juncture of major social change. What will we do with what that tells us?” Read more from Class of 2019’s Byron Sanders in D Magazine:


Asha Varghese, Caterpillar Foundation

June 29, 2020 | Asha Varghese (‘18)

Class of 2018’s Asha Varghese recently spoke to Women to Watch with Sue Rocco about her role as President of the Caterpillar Foundation and how PLS helped her become the leader she wanted to be. Listen now:


Dallas cannot achieve equity until we face the truth

June 29, 2020 | Byron Sanders (‘17)

For so many young people, real barriers exist, ones neither of their creation nor justified in a land of presupposed opportunity. Read more from Class of 2019’s Byron Sanders in the Dallas Morning News.


Perspectives on Systematic Racism

June 23, 2020

Presidential Leadership Scholars are lending their voices to provide perspective on the systemic racism in this country and share thoughts towards progress.


Statements by President George W. Bush and President William J. Clinton

June 3, 2020

Statement by President George W. Bush: Statement by President William J. Clinton:


Notes from the Field: Sunny Jha

May 22, 2020

Over the past several months, we have learned much about ourselves at a tremendous cost. As an anesthesiologist at an academic medical center in Los Angeles, I saw the emerging COVID-19 pandemic as a 9/11 type event for our medical community that would require a prolonged battle against an invisible enemy. As a 2018 Presidential […]


Notes from the Field: Judge Scott Schlegel

May 18, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Presidential Leadership Scholar Judge Scott Schlegel rapidly scaled his existing tech-stack so that court cases could continue in Louisiana by conducting hearings via Zoom and developed a text-based Chatbot for specialty court probationers. When courthouses shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a unique challenge occurred.  Courts around the globe had […]


Nomi Network Program Graduates Spearhead COVID-19 Response

May 15, 2020 | Diana Mao (‘15)

By Diana Mao and Kristin Bruce On a typical day in Bihar, India, a mother wakes up to feed her children and sends them off to grade school—if she can afford it. She goes to draw water for her family from a nearby well in their village. Like many women here, she is illiterate. She […]


Update on 2020-2021 Programming

May 5, 2020

Because of the challenges posed to travel by COVID-19, the 2020 Presidential Leadership Scholars program has been postponed for the current class until the spring of 2021.  Due to this postponement, the program will not be opening an application again until the summer of 2021.    Please email us at if you have any questions.


Notes from the Field: Q&A with Michael Hole

April 27, 2020 | Michael Hole (‘19)

Michael Hole, MD, MBA is a first-generation college graduate and former social worker turned Harvard- and Stanford-educated physician, professor, author, researcher and serial entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. See below for excerpts from our conversation with Dr. Hole about his efforts, especially during COVID-19. Tell us about your job at The University of Texas. I’m very […]