College of Business MBA

Rotary Leadership
Fellows Program


Three-Year Leadership
Development Program

Exclusively for UofL MBA Graduates

Rotary Leadership Fellows is a partnership between the Rotary Club of Louisville, the University of Louisville College of Business, and the Baylor Landrum Family Legacy.

It is a three-year leadership development program for UofL MBA graduates that provides the personal discovery and growth that come with involvement in community service initiatives. It also offers the opportunity to network with elite leadership in virtually every aspect of business, industry, and professional and community service.

About the Rotary Leadership Fellows Program

  • Three-year honorary membership in the Rotary Club of Louisville
  • Three mentors who will be paired with
    the fellow based on interest, etc.
  • Luncheons and participation in service projects
  • $5,000 award, distributed half up-front and half upon completion (program requirements must be met for second distribution)

Rotary Leadership
Fellows Benefits

The Rotary Club of Louisville, founded in 1912 and one of the largest in the world, is a service organization made up of business and community leaders. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self.”

The Club’s goal is to build and nurture a pipeline of the next generation of leaders who will grow roots in Louisville and will make a positive impact on the community.

Benefits to Fellows:

  • Mentors who can provide valuable insight and lifelong support/relationship
  • Access to a network of community leaders – top executives, business leaders, the movers and shakers in the community – are members of the club
  • Opportunities for community service and involvement
  • $5,000 award (distributed in two halves)
  • Invitation to join Rotary Club of Louisville upon successful completion of Leadership Fellows program

Leadership Fellows

Rotary Leadership Fellows commit to be actively engaged in the Rotary Club of Louisville, meeting at minimum, the following:

  • Attend at least one regular Rotary lunch meeting monthly;
  • Attend monthly Leadership Fellows meetings. Each Fellow is responsible for planning one meeting per year – including finding a speaker, organizing the location, and coordinating with other Fellows;
  • Meet with mentor(s). Frequency to be determined by mentor and Fellow, but it is suggested to meet monthly;
  • Participate in at least one Club Service project annually;
  • Participate in at least one Club Committee activity annually;
  • Prepare an oral report at Fellowship commencement and completion. Prepare written reports each year reviewing progress in program; and,
  • If not graduated before Fellowship begins, commit to completing the UofL MBA program.

Application Process

Students in all UofL MBA cohorts are eligible to apply and must have graduated or be scheduled to graduate within a year of the selection process.

Completed applications are due on
March 24, 2023 and must include:

  • Personal statement of commitment. Discuss how participating in Rotary will help you grow in leadership and community service, as well as enhance your career plans
  • Professional resume
  • Two letters of nomination (May be UofL MBA personnel, current or latest employer and/or partners)
  • Questions: contact Vernon Foster