Deadline to apply for student leadership programs is Feb. 1

Faculty and students pose for a group photo after volunteering at Erikshjälpen Second Hand.
Faculty and students pose for a group photo after volunteering at Erikshjälpen Second Hand.

Iowa State students have until Feb. 1 to apply to two global leadership opportunities offered in summer 2017 and during the 2017-18 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 third 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 9 through June 3, 2017. Students will take two courses – LD ST/WS 333, "Women and Leadership" and LD ST 370x, "Special Topics in Leadership Studies: Understanding Global Culture and Leadership" – during their time in Sweden.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for students to study leadership in an international context," said Amber Manning-Ouellette, who participated in the 2016 program and will lead the 2017 trip along with Tara Edberg. Both are lecturers in the Leadership Studies Program.

To be eligible, students must have at least sophomore status at the beginning of summer 2017, 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.

The anticipated cost for the program – which includes tuition, flight, housing, ground transportation, entrance fees, tours and some meals – is approximately $5,569 per student for in-state tuition and $8,892 for non-resident tuition. All students selected will receive a $625 tuition waiver 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.

Interested students can visit the study abroad page on the Leadership Studies Program website for more information on the program. An information session is also scheduled for 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in 302 Catt Hall. Students can apply for the study abroad program here. Applications for this program are due by midnight on Feb. 1.

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 20-member cohort take two courses together – LD ST 322, “Leadership Styles and Strategies in a Diverse Society,” and LD ST 370x, "Special Topics in Leadership Studies: Understanding Global Culture and Leadership" – and travel while studying leadership in multi-national companies.

During their year in the program, the 20 students selected will identify and research a global challenge as part of their leadership courses and travel to Vermeer’s headquarters in Pella, Iowa. They will also spend a week at an overseas Vermeer facility over winter or spring 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 2017-18 academic year.

"The partnership between Vermeer and the Leadership Studies Program at Iowa State offers our students a unique opportunity to study real-world leadership challenges in an international corporation," said Edberg, who coordinates the Vermeer International Leadership Program.

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 Corp., a global industrial and agricultural equipment company with headquarters in Pella, Iowa.

Interested students can visit the Vermeer International Leadership Program page on the Leadership Studies Program website for application information. Applications for this program are due by 8 a.m. on Feb. 1.