Leadership Studies Program

Leadership Studies

June 4-9, 2017

Applications Now Available HERE

group of students and community leaders at breakfast

The Leadership Studies Program, a one-week residential program, is designed for students who have completed grades 6-11, who have a desire to develop and enhance their leadership abilities.  Students will be housed in dormitories on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. Tuition includes room, board, recreational activities, and limited accident insurance. 

Leadership I:

Leadership I provides specific emphasis on leadership skills.  Training will include those areas necessary for leadership       development to include: fundamentals of leadership, written and oral communication, group dynamics, problem solving,     planning, personal skills, and decision making.  Students will explore avenues for becoming leaders in their schools,           communities, and faith-based institutions in order to heighten their awareness and development for leadership potential.

Leadership II:

Leadership I is a prerequisite for this course. The course is an intense study  which further develops leadership concepts and qualities.  Emphasis is placed on the psychology of leadership, assertiveness training, and situational leadership.

Leadership III:

Leadership II is a prerequisite for this course.  Accelerated training will focus on the legal aspects of leadership, responsibilities of various positions of  leadership, the development of personal leadership styles, and leadership qualities for the 21st Century.

Leadership Breakfast:

Students at all levels will have the opportunity to engage with area leaders at the culminating Professional Leadership Breakfast which is an annual formal event held at the conclusion of the program.  Area dignitaries will be in attendance.


Program Costs:

1. A NON-REFUNDABLE application fee of $20.00 must be paid at the time of application.  If selected for enrollment, this fee will be applied to the cost of the program.

2. The total cost of the program is $675.00 and includes room and board, meals, and limited accident insurance.

 Scholarship Opportunities:

A limited number of scholarships is available for this program. Scholarships will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need, student acheivement and promise, and the availability of funds.  We will award scholarships until available funds are depleted, therefore early application is advisable.  We cannot guarantee that all eligible applicants will receive aid.  Please be courteous to your school administration and recommenders by allowing adequate time for mail delivery. NO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED AFTER THE APPLICATION DEADLINE.

Students interested in receiving scholarships for this program must provide the following:

  • evidence of financial need
  • evidence of good standing in their school or learning community,
  • two letters of recommendation from teachers, community leaders, or other non-family members who are aware of the student’s potential for leadership
  • two essays

Essay 1: 200 words maximum on the topic “What Makes Someone a Leader?”

Essay 2: 300 words maximum on the topic “My Goals for Being a Leader.”



"I feel more confident and have more courage to be a leader."

"I learned a lot about myself and leadership skills."

"I made new friends and learned many new skills that will help me throughout life."