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HSLA Participant Information

Participation in the High School Leadership Academy is limited to rising high school juniors in Shawnee County. Selection for participation will occur through a nomination process. Each Shawnee County high school will be represented, with a maximum of 25 total participants (each school should have 2-3 representatives).

Selection Process

Participation in the High School Leadership Academy is contingent on nomination and selection for the program. Shawnee County High School principals and/or counselors will nominate 5 to 7 students who they believe would benefit from this leadership development experience. Nominees are contacted to complete an application. Student nominees who wish to be considered must complete the HSLA application by the deadline. The HSLA selection committee will review all applications and select participants. Participants will be notified and invited to attend an HSLA Orientation with their parents or guardians.

The HSLA Orientation is intended to acquaint participants and their families with the scope of the program and provide an overview of what to expect during the summer Academy. Student participants will also have an opportunity to meet participants from other schools as well as the college peer mentors.

HSLA participants should be students who have demonstrated leadership potential and share a diversity of perspectives. We are seeking students who complement one another and who have had a variety of leadership experiences. Participants are required to stay for the entire duration of the Academy (including overnight) on campus.

Tuition and Scholarships

The tuition is $100 per participant and includes all program materials, meals, housing, tours and transportation. Scholarship are available for applicants who may see the tuition as a deterrent to participating in the program.

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