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Applications Open for Third Presidential Leadership Scholars Class

June 8, 2016 3 minute Read
by Brittney Bain
Apply now for executive-style education series designed for leaders from diverse backgrounds who share a commitment to facing society’s greatest challenges.

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Learn more about the Presidential Leadership Scholars program and apply for the 2017 class.

The Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program, a partnership between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson, opened online applications for the 2017 class.

The executive-style education series is designed for leaders from diverse backgrounds who share a commitment to facing society’s greatest challenges. By including a bipartisan roster of presidential centers – two Republican and two Democratic – and by enjoying the engagement of former presidents from both parties, the program creates a rare opportunity to instill in Scholars a brand of principled leadership that transcends diverse backgrounds. It creates a life-long network for Scholars from the business, public service, nonprofit, and military sectors and fosters opportunities for leaders to emerge ready to offer solutions to pressing national problems.

The curriculum of the program draws from the resources of each presidential center that relate to key leadership moments from each administration, and provides insights into how each president addressed pressing challenges. Scholars benefit directly from the engagement of President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton, senior officials from each of the four administrations, and distinguished faculty sharing cutting-edge research and skills.

During the program, Scholars work on a Personal Leadership Project, intended to provide Scholars with the opportunity to both apply the skills and competencies learned throughout the program and help achieve the program’s ultimate desired outcome of increasing social good.  

The program seeks participants who have a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences and who will most benefit from a dynamic learning experience that stresses the importance of cooperation and collaboration. The majority of Scholars have 10+ years of professional experience but are generally at a point in their careers where their participation in PLS will be felt for many years to come. Applicants should have the desire and capacity to take their leadership strengths to a higher level in order to help their communities, professions, organizations, and thus the country.

The third PLS class will begin in February 2017. Online applications and referrals will be accepted through August 31, 2016. To apply or to learn more about the PLS program, please visit www.presidentialleadershipscholars.org.