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FLIP will cultivate a strong foundation of servant leadership while fostering a passion for local and global impact.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Christian Life & Leadership at rbenson@mc.edu or 601.925.3830

Over the last four years, the Freshman Leadership Initiative Program (FLIP) has afforded incoming freshmen to take part in an intensive servant leadership training program while planning and hosting the Mississippi College Dance Marathon benefitting our local Children's of Mississippi hospital.  FLIP is a group of 20-30 freshmen participating in a weekly three-hour course, taken for credit, taught by faculty and staff from across campus. This class will focus on servant leadership development all the while offering freshmen the opportunity to be mentored by eight upperclassmen with tangible experiences to practice and develop servant leadership skills culminating in one capstone project at the end of the semester. 

In its inaugural year, 20 freshmen took part in FLIP with 94% reporting their leadership abilities improved through the program. Through the leadership of these 20 students and six mentors, their capstone project raised $14,250 for Children's of Mississippi. In 2017, the second group of FLIP students raised over $25,330 for Children's of Mississippi. In FLIP's third year, these students raised over $43,000 for Children's. Last year, in the fall of 2019 FLIP raised over $71,000 for Children's.  

FLIP is a great place for incoming freshmen to connect with other students, faculty, staff, and the MC community. If you are wondering how to get involved, this might just be the place for you!

In past years, FLIP has taken place during the fall semester. However, due to COVID-19 FLIP as well as Mississippi College Dance Marathon have been rescheduled for the spring semester.

Here is how to apply....

First, applicants must finish high school with at least a 3.65 GPA.

Second, applicants must submit a video no longer than 3 minutes by October 1, 2020 including:

  • Name, Hometown, and Major (if decided)
  • Your personality...let us get to know you!
  • What does servant leadership mean to you?
  • Three facts about yourself
  • Best high school memory
  • What are you excited about at MC?

*All videos should be submitted in MOV format to rbenson@mc.edu. Please use Google Drive for large files.