North Central College - Naperville, IL

Calling all future leaders

Felix Kombwa is very glad he got to hear about the new LEV Distinguished Leaders program. The first-year student from Evanston, IL, was contacted by several people on campus to encourage his participation. “It sounded great and I’m glad I came to know about it,” says Felix, a psychology and French major.

LEV stands for Leadership, Ethics and Values, a hallmark program that embodies North Central’s mission. LEV combines academics in leadership as well as co-curricular activities like Blue Key Honor Society, iLead and the Conflict Resolution program. In January, members of Blue Key Honor Society hosted a national conference for more than 100 students.

As a result of being chosen as an LEV Distinguished Leader, Felix will receive a $1,000 scholarship for his sophomore year, $1,500 for his junior year and $2,000 for his senior year, if he continues to fulfill the requirements. Becoming a Distinguished Leader means that a student has defined his or her goals to become a leader on campus and will commit to complete an LEV concentration or minor and participate in one or more LEV activities. Applicants must also provide recommendations from faculty or staff on campus.

“At North Central, I’ve already gotten involved in campus ministry,” says Felix, who moved from the Congo eight years ago to the United States. “In high school I organized two concerts to help Haitian earthquake victims and human trafficking. Now I want to organize a fund-raising concert for a mission trip to Ecuador. I feel called to work in ministry and service for a career.”