Mary Beth Bensey and Amy Crawford, second-year LEAD Scholar students, arrived on March 1 at the state capitol to represent UCF at the 21st Florida Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values.

Each year, the LEAD Scholars Program sends student delegates to FSLF to enhance the LEAD Scholars commitment to “Learn. Lead. Serve.” Hosted by U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, the three-day forum brings together student leaders from across the state to discuss servant leadership based on the model of Jesus of Nazareth and is an off-shoot of the National Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values in Washington, D.C.

When asked about her experience, Bensey, a sophomore majoring in political science, replied, “Attending the conference, I learned that the most important aspect of leadership is serving others with love.”

Crawford, sophomore-double major in English and international relations, added, “I learned that leadership is about serving and seeking social change. Invaluable lessons can be gleaned from examining the teachings of Jesus and applying his message of sacrificial love and selfless service to our daily lives and leadership roles.”

LEAD Scholars is a program of the Office of Student Leadership Development in the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services. To learn more about the LEAD Scholars program, visit: