Leaders Inspired for Tomorrow

Lift class FY17

LaGrange’s most prestigious non-academic honor for entering students, LIFT provides a leadership-development program for 10 incoming first-year undergraduates. If you have a strong leadership/service-oriented background, consider taking part in this fun and challenging experience.

LIFT participants:

  • Are selected by an application process overseen by a committee of college faculty and staff. 
  • Participate in Outward Bound leadership programming during the academic year.
  • Move into their Residence Halls on August 17th and participate in leadership development activities on August 18th.
  • Take part in monthly leadership sessions that feature experiential learning activities and sessions with established leaders.
  • Participate in a variety of service projects to promote active engagement within the college community.

In the end, LIFT is much more than just an impressive line on a résumé. It offers a complete experience designed to promote intensive personal learning and to equip participants with the tools to lead within the college and community for years to come.

 Lift Group 2019-2020


Outward Bound Experience

The intense leadership development curriculum includes participation in a variety of virtual and hands-on activities throughout the academic year. All costs associated with this programming are covered by a generous donation provided by LaGrange College Trustee Ted Beason.

Outward Bound is the oldest, most respected outdoor educator in the world, and North Carolina Outward Bound, the oldest independent Outward Bound school in the country, knows how to open your eyes to your own potential.



Interested incoming first-year students may apply to the program by submitting an application consisting of two parts: 

  • A leadership/service résumé. This should include the applicant's name, email address, phone number, mailing address, and high school name. The résumé should also include an outline of the applicant's leadership and service accomplishments as well as awards, if applicable. The selection committee is looking for candidates who have demonstrated a desire to serve others in their schools, churches, and communities.
  • A short reflection that describes a prominent leader in your life:  How have they impacted you? In your opinion, what qualities make this person a respectable leader? The essay should be between 250 and 500 words; it should be submitted in a double-spaced Word document with 12 point Times New Roman font and standard margins. 

(The LIFT application for the 2021-22 school year is now closed.)