Application deadlines for leadership programs approaching

Iowa State students have until Feb. 1 to apply for two global leadership opportunities offered in summer 2016 and during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Global Leadership Study Abroad Program to Sweden and the Vermeer International Leadership Program are offered by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics and led by faculty in its Leadership Studies Program.

This is the second summer that the Catt Center has offered the global leadership study abroad to Sweden. Up to 20 students will be selected for the program to earn six hours of leadership course credit while visiting Stockholm, Sweden, and the surrounding area from May 10 through June 10, 2016.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for students to study leadership through a global lens," said Cameron Beatty, who participated in the 2015 program and will also lead the 2016 excursion along with Amber Manning-Ouellette. Both are lecturers in the Leadership Studies Program.

To be eligible, Iowa State students must have at least sophomore status at the beginning of the summer 2016 term with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be at least 18 years of age upon departure. Students will be selected on the basis of a short (two-to-three page) essay on leadership, their academic transcript and résumé. Students can apply for the study abroad program here. Applications for this program are due by midnight on Feb. 1.

The anticipated cost for the program – which includes tuition, flight, housing, ground transportation, entrance fees, tours and some meals – is approximately $5,650 per student for Iowa residents and $8,925 per student for non-residents, including the application of a $625 per-student tuition grant from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition, students with demonstrated financial need may be eligible for a Stanley Global Leaders scholarship offered by the Catt Center through a gift from Mary Jo and Richard Stanley of Muscatine, Iowa.

The Vermeer International Leadership Program offers a year-long, in-depth leadership experience focused on the fields of engineering, business and agriculture. Students in the 18-member cohort take courses and travel together while studying leadership in multi-national companies. The program is open to all full-time undergraduate students at Iowa State, with priority given to students with an interest in engineering, business or agriculture and who have two or more years of study remaining before earning their bachelor’s degree. The program is supported by the Vermeer Corporation, a global industrial and agricultural equipment company with headquarters in Pella, Iowa.

"I'm excited to see the partnership between Vermeer and the Leadership Studies Program at Iowa State continue to grow with the selection of a new group of students for the 2016-2017 academic year," said Beatty, who coordinates the Vermeer International Leadership Program.

During their year in the program, the 18 students selected will identify and research a global challenge as part of their leadership courses, address those challenges through local service projects, and travel to Vermeer’s headquarters in Pella, Iowa, to interview employees and participate in case studies. They will also spend a week at a Vermeer facility in Europe, Asia or South America over winter break. Vermeer’s financial support for the program provides each student with a travel stipend for the international experience as well as a $2,000 scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Interested students can visit the Vermeer International Leadership Program page on the Leadership Studies Program website for application information. An information session is also scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, in 302 Catt Hall. Applications for this program are due at 8 a.m. on Feb. 1.

For more information about either program, contact Beatty at ccbeatty@iastate.edu.