Through personal leadership projects (PLPs), Scholars apply the skills they developed through Presidential Leadership Scholars to increase their impact as leaders. Projects range from improving our nation’s schools, supporting military members transitioning to civilian life, bringing poverty relief to communities around the globe, and implementing practical business solutions to enhance entrepreneurship opportunities.
91% of Scholars have made progress toward their goals.
Daniel AnelloClass of 2015 Education
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We recently led the successful charge on a common application system for high schools throughout Chicago Public Schools to ensure all students have access to high-quality educational opportunities. Already more than 80% of the rising 27,000 eighth graders have applied to schools through one comprehensive system.
Anne SpruteClass of 2015 Military & Veteran’s Organizations
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Over the past three years, Rally Point/6 served over 26,000 service members, veterans, and military family members. In the first full year of operations, we formed a strategic partnership with the USO scaling the model into five major military installations. In 2017, RP/6 was acquired by the USO. RP/6 was re-branded as the Pathfinder Program and is now expanding, serving military and military families globally.
Diana MaoClass of 2015 Economic Development
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I’ve impacted 2,000 women and their families through vocational training, jobs, and savings; graduated 40 leaders in our fashion incubator and school in Cambodia; and won a court case (a child was murdered) in one of the most corrupt states in India. PLS has given me encouragement from peers, expanded my network, support financially through Nomi Network’s gala, and advice from peers and peer affiliates.
Chike AguhClass of 2017 Technology and Information
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EveryoneOn has connected more than 500,000 people in 48 states and will connect a total of one million by the end of 2020. PLS has allowed me to deeply focus on conquering the digital divide in rural America.
Griffin MyersClass of 2017 Health Care
Read about Griffin's impact
Our organization, since we founded it in 2012, has created access to neighborhood-based primary care for over 35,000 adults on Medicare and Medicaid living in medically underserved communities. Presidential Leadership Scholars gave me a practical understanding of my values and a leadership framework that helped me, as an individual leader, become a better member of the team and a better advocate for our team’s mission: To rebuild health care as it should be, personal, equitable, and accountable.
Across all cohorts, Scholars have personal experiences that help them grow to better understand, respect, and appreciate the presidents and their achievements.
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Meet Thear Suzuki, Class of 2019
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Meet Holly Gordon, Class of 2015
When Scholars Collaborate, Big Things Happen.
How to Apply
Every Year, hundreds of high-performing leaders apply to be Presidential Leadership Scholars and go through a competitive application and interview process.