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Leadership and Excellence by Tuskegee University Students (LET US)

Tuskegee University is excited to launch the Leadership and Excellence by Tuskegee University Students (LET US) Academy for STEM majors. An increasing number of jobs require well-trained individuals with a background in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Increasingly, employers are concerned about the lack of “soft skills” or employability skills for individuals in STEM and others areas. The LET US Academy will provide students with skills that enable individuals to create stakeholder momentum, share and sell ideas, function in teams, develop business acumen, develop leadership skills and navigate across a complex matrix of global organizations that bring value to the workplace.

The LET US Academy introduces first semester college students to self-knowledge and interpersonal awareness to facilitate and empower the potential of individuals through enhanced understanding of factors such as Goal Setting and Goal Achievement, Communicating Effectively with Others, Developing Habits for Excellence, Building on Strengths and Purpose, Managing Priorities and Stress, and Achieving Excellence with Integrity, all hallmarks of great leaders.


COURSE 1: University Orientation (OREN 100)

COURSE 2: Introductory STEM Course (Varies by major; for instance, students majoring in Animal and Veterinary Sciences will enroll in the Orientation to Animal, Poultry and Veterinary Sciences (APSC 100) while students majoring in Chemistry would enroll in General Chemistry I (CHEM 230)).

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROJECT: Following the completion of these courses, students complete an experiential learning project to apply the skills learned as a part of the LET US Academy.

Upon completion of all courses and experiences, the Leadership and Excellence by Tuskegee University Students experience will automatically be reflected on students’ transcripts. Additionally, students will be invited to a LET US Academy ceremony where paper certificates will be provided. If students are unable to attend the ceremony, the certificate will be mailed to them.


LET US Academy scholars will be eligible to apply for a scholarship of up to $1000 upon completion of the program.


This program is open to all incoming Freshmen and transfer students at Tuskegee University majoring in a STEM field, including, but not limited to the following majors:

  • Animal and Veterinary Sciences
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental, Natural Resources and Plant Sciences
  • Math
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics


Interested persons may complete the LET US Academy application.  Applications are being accepted and selections will begin immediately for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller,, 334-727-8403 or Walter P. Cooper Sr. Program Coordinator,  334-727-8453.

Tuskegee University values partnerships. Thank you to   for partnering with Tuskegee University to provide support for this unique experience to future leaders from across the country. We would also like to thank The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University for providing training for this program. Read more about partnering with Tuskegee University here.