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Emerging Rural Leaders I

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 15 years old

Applications will be accepted online beginning January 15, 2020. The final deadline to apply is April 1, 2020. There is no application fee to apply.

Application materials include:

Course dates

July 20-July 24, 2020

Move-in: July 19, 2020 (Orientation required)
Move-out: July 25, 2020

Course Description

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