For a variety of reasons, college campuses can be recovery hostile environments. A few of the factors that may make the journey of recovery difficult are: access to alcohol and other drugs; a potentially non-structured environment that makes it easy to binge-engage social media or television; and, misguided perceptions about the college experience and the behaviors of other college students. In addition to these elements, a considerable amount of the university’s attention is often devoted to the management of active behaviors among students. For instance, providing education and training on the responsible use of alcohol. As a result, students actively engaged in recovery may find themselves feeling isolated and unsupported in their endeavor.
The Plemmons Leadership Scholars program offers a 4 year scholarship to 10 incoming students each year. These students come in as a cohort, take a Principles of Leadership course together during the first semester and engage with the program in a variety of ways throughout their 4 years. This program is based on leadership and service with an expectation that our scholars will work to achieve ambitious goals in these areas while at Appalachian and as a lifelong habit.