Apply Now - Leadership Iowa University

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carefully read through the application information below. To apply, please follow the "Application Process" found at the bottom of this page. 



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


2016-17 SCHEDULE

Session I

August 6-10, 2017

Des Moines & Central Iowa

Session II

September 22, 2017

Ankeny, Iowa (YPIowa Conference)

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.

Note: Session II is an optional session



Total Student Investment = $400 
Cost includes all lodging, meals, program materials and activities during the program sessions. Please note that limited program scholarships are also available to participants. Please contact us for more information.

The total cost to the ABI Foundation for each student participating in the program is roughly $2,400 per student. This total cost is offset by great college and business partners who support the LIU program by way of sponsorship.



1. Click on the button below to download and complete PART I of your LIU application: Essay Questions
Please complete the short-answer questions completely and honestly prior to completing Part II: Online Form.

2. Click on the button below to access and submit PART II of your LIU application
Applicants may upload essay answers from Part I directly onto the online form.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 24, 2017 (deadline extended)

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. 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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