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Razor's Edge Leadership Scholars Program


Students in the Razor’s Edge Leadership Scholars Program develop their ability to inspire other students throughout the NSU community and work together with a common goal to further campus vibrancy. The skills are developed through both curricular and co-curricular experiences as they learn new information about themselves, the community, and leading others. As a result of their learning, the students in turn reflect and refine their leadership approach with the final goal of increasing overall engagement at NSU. These students leave the program as high-performing leaders with great knowledge of their own leadership capacities and the ability to inspire others. The students within the program receive intentional focused time from program faculty and staff.

The Razor’s Edge Leadership Scholars Program is based on the following seven values: Dedication, Enthusiasm, Leadership, Honor, Innovation, Inspiration, and Service. The three tenets of the program are: To Learn, To Lead, To Achieve.

Razor’s Edge Leadership Scholars Program is a four-year curricular and co-curricular experience for first time in college students and includes the following components:

  • Course experiences: each semester students take at least one course focused on their Experiential Leadership Minor. The curriculum from these classes is intended to be utilized through the student’s experience throughout the campus and in their own development.  Some classes are cohort specific, RAZR prefix courses, and others are specific electives identified by the program director.
  • Students in the program are required to actively participate on campus through event attendance, student leadership roles, and organization involvement.  Again, students utilize what they are learning in the classroom in these experiences.
  • Students participate in meetings, known as Conclaves which happen as scheduled on the RE-Lead calendar. The intention behind the Conclaves are development of the cohorts and individual leadership development. These meetings are led by current students serving as a part of the Razor’s Edge Leadership Scholars Leadership Council.
  • Students are assigned and serve as a mentor to students within the program. Students serving as mentors are focused on providing support to first year students, and throughout that student’s time at NSU. The goal is to ensure there is peer-to-peer developmental relationship.
  • Students live on campus—together in their cohort the first two years, and throughout campus during their third and final year.
  • Students are assigned as “Shark Mentors” to incoming students annually. The students serve as intentional connectors to these first year students, ensuring these students experience all that NSU has to offer, while also understanding the importance of adjusting academically to the university setting.
  • The Leadership Council is the student group within Razor’s Edge which drives the program. Leadership Council consists of two representatives from each class, a chair selected from within the group, an application review chair, and a service committee chair.

Program Goals:

  • To increase the effectiveness of student leaders and student organizations at NSU.
  • To provide experiences for students to learn and expand their own leadership capacities specific to developing relationships and motivating others, as a result increasing the involvement on campus.
  • To provide the NSU community with student leaders capable of enhancing campus vibrancy and inspiring other student engagement.


Students in the Razor’s Edge Leadership Scholars Program commit to membership in the program for four years, living on campus throughout their four years, serving as a Shark Anchor, and to completing all additional programmatic requirements as stated on the Memorandum of Understanding including mandatory event attendance.  As a result, students are awarded as $20,000 annual scholarship renewable for up to four years or until they receive their undergraduate degree.


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