Application Process - Leadership Iowa University

Application Process



Leadership Iowa University (LIU) applicants are college students currently enrolled in an Iowa college/university and entering their sophomore-senior year. Students pursuing any area of study are welcome to apply. 

Ideal candidates for the LIU program are students who:

  • Demonstrate a strong leadership potential on their campuses and in their communities
  • Show enthusiasm for learning about various career opportunities and meeting new people 
  • Are highly motivated to grow their personal and professional skills and network
  • Driven to learn more about the role they play in helping to continue to make Iowa a great place to live and work
  • Involve themselves in volunteer service in campus and/or community organizations
  • Are "big picture" thinkers, able to recognize the value of diverse experiences


Attendance at the one-week session in August is mandatory. The dates for the 2018 August session are August 5-9. Students also have the opportunity to attend the annual Young Professionals of Iowa (YPIowa) Conference as part of their participation in Leadership Iowa University. This is an optional session for participants.

The LIU program also includes the option for participants to be assigned a mentor who is an Iowa professional currently working in the student's desired career field. This includes monthly meetings and/or conversations with assigned mentors during the school year.

LIU students are allowed and encouraged to take advantage of extra-curricular opportunities during the summer months and school year (internships, jobs, campus organizations, etc.). However, we expect that students will communicate any absences due to the LIU program well in advance with all those involved. 

Total Student Investment: $500 
Limited program scholarships are available. Please contact us for more information. Cost includes all lodging, meals and program materials and activities during the August session, as well as the attendance fee to attend the YP Iowa Conference.

Application & Selection

The 2018 application will be available in April 2018. If you would like to ensure notification of application availability, please complete the nomination form found here on our website.

A maximum of 30 students will be selected to participate in the Leadership Iowa University program. Participants will be selected based on leadership potential, community/campus involvement, extra-curricular activities, and clarity of responses to the essay questions found on the application. We strive to construct a class that is diverse in geographical area, majors, background, etc. Academic records and awards are considered but will not be a determining factor in acceptance.

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