Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM)


GC students learn what it takes to lead and succeed in the professional world directly from business and non-profit mentors with years of leadership experience, many of whom serve on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Students also take part in leadership and professional development opportunities throughout the year.

GEM is a year-long program experience completed by students as a cohort. Participation runs fall through spring of an academic year, and interested students must gain acceptance to the program through an application and interview process. Rising junior and senior students from all disciplines are invited to apply.

Selected students are matched with leaders in fields such as business, education, politics, 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.

Throughout the year, participating students also take part in a variety of activities that allow them 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 and instructions will be posted by January 11, 2016.

Applicants must:

  • be of junior or senior standing by the anticipated start of their program experience
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • be able to take LEAD 2100: Georgia Education Mentorship during both the fall and spring semester of their participation. LEAD 2100 offers one hour of credit each semester and requires participation in leadership and professional development activities and the completion of academic assignments. Grading is on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Scale.
  • be able to secure their own transportation to meet with their mentor, who may be located in another city
  • complete an interview with the GEM Selection Committee

GEM Course Description

LEAD 2100: Georgia Education Mentorship (1 credit hour): Students shadow executive mentors, participate in leadership and professional development programming, and complete related assignments. Note: GEM members take this course both Fall and Spring semesters of their year of participation. LEAD 2100 is repeatable for credit. 


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

John W. Bowen | Coordinator of Leadership Programs
Center for Student Success | Lanier Hall 220
(478) 445-1227 | | CBX 128