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The Presidential Leadership Academy (Might) Want You!

Are you a rising sophomore (i.e after this semester you will be a sophomore)? Are you attending University Park currently? Do you wish to become a better leader? Then the Presidential Leadership Academy is for you!

The program itself is 3 years long and accepts only 30 applicants from each class. The Academy aims to prepare students to make difficult choices and to welcome diversity and consider multiple interpretations of a given situation. It will also teach the importance of attire, decorum and personal character.

Some cool stuff that goes on in the Academy:

  • Taking a one -credit seminar led by Graham Spanier!
  • Taking a three -credit course which emphasizes critical thinking
  • Participating in at least three field experiences which are planned annually by the Academy to give students broader perspective on social and political issues.

Applications are either done through a nomination by Penn State faculty/staff or self-nomination. The deadline is due Feb 26, 2010. For more information on applications click here.

How to apply:

  • Provide a current resume which showcases leadership activities
  • Two letters of recommendations are required – one which is an academic reference and one which speaks about your out -of -classroom experience
  • An essay of 300 words or less
  • A minimum GPA of 3.2

So do you think you have what it takes to be a great leader? Then apply and find out!

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