16th Annual Summer Leadership Institute For High School Students

SPONSORED BY THE LOTT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE AND DIVISION OF OUTREACH

Session 1: May 24 – June 26, 2015
Session 2: June 28 – July 31, 2015

FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING THE SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, PLEASE CONTACT:

Cass Dodgen

Important Note for Accepted Students:

Check-In for Lott Leadership Session One will be Sunday, May 24 and Sunday June 28 for Session Two. Check-In will occur from 1 PM until 3 PM. A brief welcome and orientation for parents and students will occur at 4 PM (Directions given at Check-In). Directions to UM and a campus map are available at: http://map.olemiss.edu/

Since the Lott Summer Leadership Institute for High School Students was initiated in the summer of 2000 at the University of Mississippi, hundreds of students have expressed enthusiasm for the life-altering experience of participating in the Summer Leadership Institute. If you are a junior in high school who is interested in leadership, we have a question for you: Are you ready — for an experience that could change your life?

Campus Living: 

Washington, D.C. Trip: 

“The Lott Experience” 

GENERAL INFORMATION: 

The Summer Leadership Institute for High School Students is a partnership between the University of Mississippi’s Lott Leadership Institute and the Division of Outreach’s Summer College for High School Students. The goals of the program are to develop leadership skills in young citizens and prepare them for college. In order to achieve these goals, the Summer Leadership Institute brings together student leaders from across the Southeast to earn college credit on the UM campus and to begin the study of leadership.

Included in the program are opportunities to mingle with college administrators, student leaders, and community leaders while participating in current event debates, discussions, and decision-making activities. The program culminates with a one-week trip to Washington, D.C., during which the participants see the federal government in action, hear from national leaders, and tour the nation’s Capitol. The ideal outcome is for students who complete the program to return to their high schools and put their new skills to work for the betterment of their own schools and communities.

PROGRAM DATES: 

There are two sessions of the Lott Leadership Institute to choose between. Accepted students are enrolled in two University of Mississippi classes and must attend all meetings. The trip to Washington, DC, is a mandatory component of the program and students must fly to and from DC with the group. Students unable to commit to the below dates should not apply to the program.

Students selected to participate in the first session should be prepared to check-in on the campus of Ole Miss beginning at 1 p.m. on May 24, 2015. The trip to DC for this group is tentatively set for June 18-25. Participants may depart campus after 1 p.m. on June 26th.

Students selected to participate in the second session should be prepared to check-in on the campus of Ole Miss beginning at 1 p.m. on June 28, 2015. The trip to DC for this group is tentatively set for July 23-30. Participants may depart campus after 1 p.m. on July 31th.

“I wanted to try something new and broaden my horizons.”

—Lindsay Smith, Foxworth, Mississippi

TO APPLY: 

In order to be considered for selection, students MUST meet the following UM early admission requirements:

  • Be an eleventh-grade student in good academic and conduct standing at the time of admission. The school can be public, private, parochial, or even home-educated.
  • Have earned 15 high school credits (by June 2015) with at least a 3.2 GPA.
  • Complete an online application.
  • Have permission from his or her principal (indicated by principal’s signature on the application).

Upon nomination, an application packet will be mailed directly to the student at his/her home address. The selection committee will select the 2015 participants and a number of alternatives from the applicant pool. 

NOMINATIONS DEADLINES: 

Each school has until December, 15, 2014 to send its nominations to the Summer College Office. Upon receiving a school’s nominations from the principal or guidance counselor, a brochure and letter with directions to complete the online application will be sent directly to the student’s home address.

Students must submit the application prior to January 15, 2015 in order to be considered by the selection committee.

SELECTION PROCESS: 

From the group of nominated applicants, a committee comprised of University officials will select 40 total applicants, 20 per session. Students will be ranked on demonstrated interest in public service, leadership, concern for others, and academic achievements. The committee will attempt to form a class with diverse interests and experiences. In addition to the 40 selected to participate, a small number of alternates will be designated, and some applicants not selected will be offered scholarships to attend the Summer College for High School Students Program.

COLLEGE COURSEWORK: 

Participants will take Political Science 101, Introduction to American Politics, which emphasizes constitutional principles of the U.S. government. Students will investigate political procedures, electoral processes, and political institutions. Participants will also take Speech 102, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, in which they will learn how to organize, prepare, and deliver speeches in a variety of public forums. Combined, these courses provide 6 hours of college credit.

TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D.C. :

To enhance their studies at the University, LLI students will travel to Washington, D.C., for a four-day field trip (not including two travel days). While in D.C., participants will visit with federal officials, including U.S. Representatives and Senators. Students will also tour the Capitol, the National Archives, the Smithsonian, and various other attractions of the capital city. Additionally, participants will visit with
leaders in industry and in the nonprofit sector.

“Being able to talk to the legislators and interns on the Hill gave me a sense of what they are trying to do to help their home state.. Seeing people who work daily for others or come from a small town inspired me to strive for my goals and reach out to others in my own community. “

—Jamie Weaver, Biloxi, Mississippi

HOUSING: 

Students accepted to the program will be housed with the Summer College for High School Students in the Luckyday Residential College. Adult staff as well as selected student counselors who serve as mentors to the participants will supervise them.hile in Washington, participants will be closely supervised by University staff and student counselors. The group will travel together and be housed in a secure setting.

COSTS: 

Once a student is accepted to the program, he/she is required to pay a non-refundable $100 registration fee to reserve his/her position in the program. Students selected to the Lott Leadership Institute for High School Students will receive a scholarship to help with the costs of room, board, tuition, and travel. Actual program costs to the student will be a $500 program fee (this amount is in addition to the registration fee) plus books, weekend meals, snacks, and souvenir/spending money. Students selected to participate are strongly encouraged to fundraise the required funds themselves rather than paying out of pocket. This is a leadership-building exercise that is part of the program experience. An individual’s financial situation should not be a deterrent to applying to and successful completion of the program.

For additional information, please contact:

12th Grade Lott Leadership Institute

Division of Outreach

P.O. Box 1848

University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7621
Emailsummercollege@olemiss.edu

 

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