A one-of-a-kind opportunity to join a network of leaders making a difference in the world and learn from the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson 

The Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program opened the application process today for its 2024 program cycle. PLS brings together a diverse group of bold and principled leaders who are committed to facing critical challenges at home or around the world and are interested in exploring leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. The application period for the Class of 2024 will remain open through July 9 at midnight. 

The selected group of professionals will begin a journey in January 2024 to hone their leadership abilities through interactions and sessions with inspiring changemakers, key administration officials, leading academics, and business leaders. Scholars gain the insights and skills necessary to work across divides and develop a diverse network that spans traditional geographic, professional, political, and economic boundaries. During the six-month program, Scholars form meaningful relationships with one another and learn from each other’s divergent views and backgrounds.  

Program tuition, housing, meals, and travel to host cities are fully funded by the program. 

Scholars put their learning into action through a personal leadership project, intended to solve a problem or pressing issue in their community, country, or the world. Examples of these Scholar-led efforts include addressing challenges and achieving success in rural schools; finding ways to support health equity through identifying the social determinants of health; providing support to and improving the lives of recently resettled refugee and immigrant families; and addressing the workforce crisis in trade industries

Alumni of the PLS program include veterans, educators, physicians, public servants, corporate professionals, and nonprofit leaders at the forefront of their industries who all have one thing in common – their mission to drive social impact. Since PLS launched in 2015, more than 450 Scholars have participated in the program, building a strong, robust, and active alumni network across the United States. 

To apply for the 2024 program cycle, visit

View program photos at the PLS Flickr account. 


About Presidential Leadership Scholars 

Presidential Leadership Scholars is a partnership among the presidential centers of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. To learn more, visit For updates about the Presidential Leadership Scholars, use #PLScholars and follow @PLSprogram on Twitter