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Troy Czapor of Richboro Named Oskin Leader at Widener University

Troy Czapor, a sophomore elementary and special education major at Widener University, is one of 16 undergraduate students chosen to participate in the Oskin Leaders Program.

Richboro resident, Troy Czapor has been selected to participate in the Oskin Leaders Program at Widener University.

Czapor is a sophomore elementary and special education major at Widener University and one of 16 undergraduate students who have been chosen to participate in the highly selective program, according to a press release.

Students in the program receive leadership training and one-on-one coaching that guides them through identifying and developing a project that has the potential to change the world. The program is administered by the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener.

In order to be selected for the program, students need to demonstrate leadership potential, energy and passion, a commitment to learning and growing, the spirit of a trailblazer, and a commitment to the concept of a team, the release explained.

More than 60 freshmen were nominated for the program by Widener faculty and staff, 54 applied and 16 were chosen to participate.

The participating students who are currently sophomores, have identified their leadership projects and will begin to develop this year. Some of the projects include:

  • Ending hunger through vertical farming
  • Raising awareness of women's issue in Africa and Asia
  • Providing resources to the homeless in Chester
  • Building a maternity home in West Philadelphia

"This program offers students the opportunity to be fueled by their passion while stepping out of their comfort zones where they can really develop the character, courage and competencies to be effective leaders," said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, executive director of the Oskin Leadership Institute.

Each year, the Oskin Leadership Institute asks Widener faculty and staff to nominate freshmen students who they think fit the criteria for the program. The institute then invites the nominated students to an information session where they learn more about the Oskin Leaders Program. Interested students then apply to the program, and program participants are selected after an interview with the institute staff and participating Widener deans, faculty and staff.

The mission of the Oskin Leadership Institute is to perpetuate the university's long and noble tradition of inspiring students to be strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage and competencies to affect positive change throughout the world.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences and professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. Roughly 6,500 students attend the university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve approximately 6,500 students. 

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stephani October 25, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Great article!

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