15th Annual Summer Leadership Institute for High School Students
SPONSORED BY THE LOTT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE AND DIVISION OF OUTREACH
Session 1: May 25 - June 27, 2014
Session 2: June 22 - July 25, 2014
Important Note for Accepted Students:
Check-In for Summer College and Lott Leadership Session One will be Sunday, May 25 and Sunday June 22 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
of students have
for the life-altering
experience of participating
in the Summer
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?
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.
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 25, 2014. The trip to DC for this group is
tentatively set for June 19-26. Participants may
depart campus after 1 p.m. on June 27th.
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 22, 2014. The trip to DC for this group is tentatively
set for July 17-24. Participants may depart campus
after 1 p.m. on July 25th.
"I wanted to try something new and broaden my horizons."
—Lindsay Smith, Foxworth, Mississippi
In order to be considered for selection,
students MUST meet the following UM early
- Be nominated by High School Principal or Guidance Counselor or Ole Miss Admissions Counselor
- 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 2011)
with at least a 3.2 GPA. If the applicant has at
least a 25 ACT (composite) or an 1150 SAT
(CR+M), the student can be admitted with
only 10 high school credits provided the
student has at least a 3.5 GPA.
- Complete an online application.
- Have permission from his or her principal
(indicated by principal's signature on the
Each school has until January 17, 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.
submit the application prior to February 21, 2014 in order
to be considered by the selection committee.
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.
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
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.
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
P.O. Box 9
The University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
Phone: (662) 915-7621