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BNSF Early Leader Program

For over a decade, the Academy has enhanced conventional learning by challenging students to be problem solvers and ethical leaders. Focusing on integrity, courage, and impact, the Academy has developed outstanding alumni that are excelling in their professional careers. Now, thanks to a gift from the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF), the Goolsby Leadership Academy has created the BNSF Early Leader Program. This extension of the Academy will accept incoming business-intended freshman and is dedicated to strengthening the leadership ability of students. The program is designed to help students transition into Goolsby Scholars in their junior year, yet acceptance is not guaranteed.

For their freshman fall semester, the students will enroll in a special section of the Freshman Learning Community.  In the spring semester of the freshman year, the students will have monthly activities, scheduled on a weekday or weeknight, which will vary depending on the semester. Some of the activities that might be planned will be guest speakers, team building exercises, and field trips.

During the fall semester of the sophomore year, students will enroll in a special section of Communications in Organizations (LSHP 2302), taught by a Goolsby Academy faculty member. Additional non-class activities will be scheduled as well. During the spring semester of their sophomore year, the students will enroll in an Academy ECON 2306 Section.

To be considered for the freshman cohort, the student should enroll in UNIV-BU 1131 sections 03 or 07. Selections for the freshman cohort will follow the fall UNIV-BU 1131 semester; students selected for the freshman cohort will receive a scholarship starting in the spring semester ($500).

To be enrolled in the sophomore cohort, the student should:

  • Have 20 - 35 hours of college credit.
  • Be a Business-Intended student or business major throughout the program while completing a business curriculum and making adequate progress toward a business degree.
  • Maintain 3.1 GPA.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment.
  • Scholarship: $500/per semester.

First semester UTA Students and Transfer Students: Please, request an application by email at; Add BNSF Early Leader Program in Subject line.


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