Georgia Education Mentorship

GEM students tour the YKK plant in Dublin, Ga.

GEM Overview

GC students learn what it takes to lead and succeed in the professional world from mentors with years of leadership experience in their field, many of whom serve on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

GEM is a year-long program experience completed by students as a cohort. Interested students must gain acceptance to the program through the application and interview process described below. Rising junior and senior students from all disciplines are invited to apply.

Selected students are matched with leaders in fields such as business, nonprofit, education, healthcare, law, and industry. These individuals serve as mentors for participating students, supporting their personal and professional growth by providing opportunities for them to learn about leadership in the professional world and community. Students take LEAD 2100: Georgia Education Mentorship both fall 2016 and spring 2017, and participate in leadership and professional development events and activities throughout the year.

GEM events and activities include: opening and closing ceremonies; challenge course programs; leadership conferences; leadership readings and discussions; reflection exercises and action plans, leadership assessment inventories; leadership luncheons with mentors; excursions to visit with mentors at their office; leadership forums with visiting executives; professional and career development opportunities

These allow students to:

  • build relationships with their fellow participants
  • gain a better understanding of leadership concepts
  • discuss the lessons learned from their mentorship
  • develop skills that will help them meet current and future leadership challenges

Participants who successfully complete the program will attend a special closing ceremony in their honor, as well as receive an award to recognize participation and a cord to be worn at graduation.

Established in 2002, and piloted by a grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation (, GEM is a creative partnership between Georgia College and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce ( Since the program’s inception, almost 400 students and 80 mentors have participated.

Application Deadlines, Qualifications, and Instructions

  • Application Deadline for GEM 2017-18: Extended to March 1, 2017

To qualify for participation, students must:

  • be a returning GC student
  • be of junior or senior standing by the anticipated start of their program experience
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • be willing and able to take LEAD 2100: Georgia Education Mentorship both fall and spring semesters of their participation - 1 credit hour, graded S/U, class meetings to be scheduled by instructor
  • be willing and able to participate in leadership and professional development events and activities both fall and spring semesters of their participation, some of which take place on Fridays, evenings, and/or weekends
  • have a driver's license and reliable access to transportation, and be willing and able to travel to meet with their mentor both fall and spring semesters of their participation
  • be committed to maintaining good Academic Standing and abiding by the GC Honor Code
  • submit an application with all required materials and be willing and able to complete an interview with the GEM Selection Committee on April 1, 8, or 15

To apply, complete and submit the GEM Application found below.

Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM) 2017-18 Application

After submitting an application, students will be contacted to schedule an interview that will take place on the afternoon of March 31, April 7, or 21. Students will be notified of their selection status by May 1.


If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact:

Mary Roberts, Ed.D. |Director, University Career Center | Interim Coordinator, Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM) Program 
Georgia College | 110 Lanier Hall
478-445-5384 (phone) 478-445-5818 (fax) | Like us on Facebook |