An Academic-Based Leadership Development Program
Along with the liberal arts education provided at Regis, several centers and institutes are supported by the University. Operated under the University's 501(c)(3) umbrella, the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy (PBLA) is one of the Regis centers that offers programs to meet the cultural, economic, environmental, social and urban challenges locally. Founded in 1996 by Regis' longtime men's basketball coach, Lonnie Porter, PBLA is the flagship of college prep programs at the University. The three-week Academy is held each summer on the University's main campus in northwest Denver, Colorado. Academy students, who are about to enter grades 4 through 12, receive preparation to become leaders among their peers and gain the skills to prepare them for college. Students who successfully complete seven years of the Academy and qualify for admittance, are provided scholarships for tuition and fees to Regis University.
The 2018 Academy was held June 11-28 on Regis University's main campus in northwest Denver. The location has proven to be important over the years, providing students with ongoing exposure to a college campus each summer so they are comfortable once they are ready to attend themselves. In 2019, the Academy served 215 students.
As the University's flagship college prep program, scholarships up to full tuition to Regis are available to PBLA graduates once they successfully complete the multi-year participation requirement and qualify for admittance. Since the first PBLA college-eligible class in 2002, nearly 30 students have graduated from Regis University.
PBLA believes in educating the entire child and provides instruction in the arts and physical education in addition to communication and computer skills training. Leadership classes range in the topics of the following:
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STEM I & II
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