Thanks to the generous support of the Trott Family Foundation, the College is excited to launch the inaugural Emerging Rural Leaders program. Emerging Rural Leaders offers two summer programs to top freshmen and juniors from rural and small town high schools. Selected students will have the opportunity to participate in a Summer Session course free of charge.
Dates: August 4 - August 10
Eligibility: current high school freshmen attending rural and small town high schools* in the United States
Dates: June 24 - July 11
Eligibility: current high school juniors attending rural and small town high schools* in the United States
*Rural and small town high schools: We use data from the US Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics to help us determine which considered rural or small town high schools in the United States. Most rural areas have populations of less than 50,000 residents and are located several miles outside of an urban or suburban area. If you are unsure whether your high school would be considered rural or small town, please contact Marjorie Betley.
Tuition & Fees
All expenses for both Emerging Rural Leaders I & II are covered for all selected students. Students will also receive a travel stipend for costs associated with travel to/from the program.
Life on Campus
All selected Emerging Rural Leaders will have the opportunity to explore what life is like on a residential college campus. Students will make new connections and lifelong friendships by living and learning alongside their classmates from around the world. Students will also live alongside Residential Assistants, who are current undergraduate students and alumni there to provide guidance and mentorship as students adjust to life on a college campus. All students selected for the Emerging Rural Leaders programs will live on-campus in a Residence Hall and will have unlimited access to the Dining Hall for meals. The front desk of the residence hall is staffed at all hours, and the Dining Hall offers a wide range of meal options--including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options--served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our residential staff members are here to help students build connections with each other and to ensure easy access to campus resources and services.
Out & About in Chicago
The city of Chicago is truly a mosaic of culture, cuisine, and activity, full of possibility in every corner. Students will explore the unique kinds of opportunities available in a large urban center for academic work and professional development through fun activities like:
Visiting world-class museums, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History, or the Museum of Contemporary Art
Diving into the world of politics and civic debate at the renowned University of Chicago Institute of Politics
Networking with current students, alumni, and local employers in the City of Chicago
Taking in amazing downtown architecture on a river boat cruise
Learning about "yes, and..." through an improv comedy workshop at Revival Theater
Emerging Rural Leaders I: Freshmen
Selected freshmen students will receive a full scholarship to participate in a one-week Summer Session course: Choosing Leadership: Learning and Leading in the 21st Century. See course description below. Through readings, lectures, discussion, and hands-on activities, students will learn about developing leadership skills and about the application process for highly selective universities with the guidance of UChicago admissions counselors. Students will also be exposed to the kinds of opportunities available in a large urban center for academic work and professional development (as well as just for fun) through activities that showcase the city of Chicago.
Eligibility: current high school freshmen, who are at least 14 years old.
Applications will be accepted online beginning in early February. The final deadline to apply is March 29, 2019. There is no application fee to apply.
Application materials include:
- UChicago Emerging Rural Leaders Application
- UChicago Emerging Rural Leaders Counselor Nomination Form (Optional)
- Most Recent High School Transcript
August 4 - August 10
Move-in: August 4th
Move-out: August 10th
What does it mean to be a “leader” to you personally? How does one choose to be a leader? How can you create a better future for yourself and your community by leading with courage, capacity, and wisdom? In this one-week introductory course, students will learn about the importance of leadership and civic discourse from a variety of academic and social perspectives. The objective of this course is to help students develop essential leadership skills and create open dialogue and debate through lectures with UChicago faculty, thoughtful exercises, and hands-on activities both on campus and in downtown Chicago.
Instructors: Rebecca White, Booth School of Business; Leila Brammer, Parrhesia Program Director and Senior Lecturer
Emerging Rural Leaders II: Juniors
Top juniors from rural and small town high schools are invited to apply for an opportunity to participate in a Summer Session course free of charge. Students selected will receive a full scholarship to participate in any Session I (June 24 - July 11) Pathways or Immersion Summer Session course.
Selected students will spend their mornings learning from teachers who are experts in their fields through readings, lectures, discussion, and hands-on activities. Evenings will be spend exploring campus and downtown Chicago with classmates from around the world. Students will also learn in-depth about the application process for highly selective universities with the guidance of UChicago admissions counselors.
Eligibility: current high school juniors, who are at least 14 years old.
Applications will be accepted online beginning early February 2019. The final deadline to apply is March 29, 2019. There is no application fee to apply.
Application materials include:
- Online application
- Transcript (official or unofficial)
- Writing sample
- At least one teacher recommendation
- At least one parent confirmation email received
Applicants must complete the Summer Session Application, and all the related requirements which can be reviewed in the How To Apply section. In addition, on the Supplement page of the application, applicants must indicate that they wish to be considered for the Emerging Rural Leaders II by indicating “Yes” to Question 3 and selecting the program name, Emerging Rural Leaders II. Students who wish to be considered for Emerging Rural Leaders II do not need to complete the rest of the Scholarship Application or provide financial documentation. We will only admit students to their course of choice if they are selected to be a part of the Emerging Rural Leaders program.
Review the Application Overview pages for more detailed information.
June 24 - July 11
Move-in: June 22
Move-out: July 12