How to Apply

Signature Program Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Leadership Akron's Signature Program.  The application period is now closed.

Application FAQs

  1. The application period will open around March 1st, 2016.  Click here to request notification by e-mail when the application becomes available online.

  2. Do I have to complete any other programs before applying to the Signature Program? No. Many participants in our Community Leadership Institutes and Torchbearers go on to apply for Leadership Akron, but neither is required to apply for Leadership Akron.
  3. Do applicants have to be nominated? No. Nominations generate an initial group of prospective applicants, but anyone can submit an application whether or not s/he was nominated.You may nominate individuals for any of our programs here.
  4. What’s tuition? Tuition for the 2015-16 year is $2,500. Scholarships based on need are available.  If you indicate on the Attendance & Tuition Commitment Form that you are also applying for a scholarship, you need to submit a separate document listing the reasons for requesting a scholarship. A couple of other notes on scholarships:  (1) we do not give full scholarships. Most scholarships fall in the range of 20%-60% of tuition, but in some cases may be much higher. (2) Scholarship requests are considered independently from the applications. The class is selected first, regardless of the scholarship status of any individual applicant. Then after the class is selected we determine which of those accepted have requested scholarship support.
  5. Do I have to live in Akron to apply? No. Anyone who lives or works chiefly in Summit County can apply.
  6. How selective is the process?  In general, there are 2-3 applicants for every spot in the class; 36 individuals will be selected this year. Many candidates apply multiple times before being selected.  A selection committee, made up of the members of the Leadership Akron Board of Trustees, carefully reviews all submitted applications. Each candidate will have a brief informational interview with a trustee to provide additional background on their application.

The committee looks for applicants who:  

  • Have demonstrated commitment and concern through past and present community volunteer activities.
  • Have demonstrated a capacity for leadership within their own organizations through significant achievements relative to age and experience.
  • Have the ability to make the time commitment required with the full support of the applicant’s employer. 

Other considerations: 

  • We seek representation from a diverse group of men and women in business, labor, education, health care, arts, religion, government, community-based organizations, and ethnic and minority groups.
  • We seek representation from all geographic areas of the greater Akron region.
  • Community service in other communities is considered in the selection process.
  • It is NOT a requirement to have completed any other Leadership Akron program or attended any Leadership Akron events.
  • Appointment to Leadership Akron is limited. Only one candidate is selected from a business or organization in any given year.
  • Due to the size restrictions of each year’s class, many well-qualified candidates will not be chosen. Applicants are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.


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