2020 Emerging Leaders Program Application

YOU HAVE UNTIL 11:59 PM ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2020 TO COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION.

Please note that there is no way to save the application and return to work on it later. For this reason we recommend preparing all of the following information in advance in another program so that you can save your responses to the essays questions.

There are several short essay questions that each require up to a 500 word response. The questions are:

* Describe your recent leadership activities. What do you consider to be your highest leadership achievement so far?
* What academic, community, governmental, political, professional or other activity are you most proud of? What barriers have you encountered while pursuing this activity?
* What are your long-range political goals?
* What does state or local government in Virginia do well?
* What would you like to change about government in Virginia?
* What specific skills, knowledge or resources do you hope to acquire as a result of participating in the Sorensen Institute Emerging Leaders Program?

As well as a short response to:

* How did you learn about the Sorensen Institute?

We also ask that you provide two references and their contact information.

Once you start the application there is no way to save partial work so make sure you have everything you need to complete the application.

Applicants may also submit up to two letters of recommendation. These are not required, and we will not review more than two. To be considered, letters can be emailed Sarah.Campbell@virginia.edu by 11:59pm on Friday, August 21.


When submitting your application, please do not type in all capital letters.
Biographical Information

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* 1. First name

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* 2. Middle Name/Initial

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* 3. Last name

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* 4. Preferred name/nickname

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* 5. Home address

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* 6. Cell phone number

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* 7. Other phone number

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* 8. E-mail

Current Work Information

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* 10. Employer

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* 11. Title

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* 12. Supervisor

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* 13. Work address

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* 14. Work phone

Education
Start with your most recent educational experience and work backwards to high school. You may include non-degree training programs that you think are significant. You do not have to use all five spaces.

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* 15. Educational History

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* 16. Educational History

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* 17. Educational History

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* 18. Educational History

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* 19. Educational History

Employment Information
List any past employers.

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* 20. Employer

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* 21. Employer

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* 22. Employer

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* 23. Employer

Organizations and Activities
Tell us about your most important community involvement and volunteer activities. You do not have to use all four spaces.

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* 24. Organization

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* 25. Organization

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* 26. Organization

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* 27. Organization

Short answer questions
Please write 250 to 500 word answers for each of the following questions.

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* 28. Describe your recent leadership activities. What do you consider to be your highest leadership achievement so far?

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* 29. What academic, community, governmental, political, professional, or other, activity are you most proud of? What barriers have you encountered while pursuing this activity?

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* 30. What are your long-range political goals?

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* 31. What does state or local government in Virginia do well?

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* 32. What would you like to change about government in Virginia?

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* 33. What specific skills, knowledge or resources do you hope to acquire as a result of participating in the Sorensen Institute Emerging Leaders Program?

The Emerging Leaders Program meets three times in September, October, and November.  Sessions generally run from 9:00 am on the starting day of the session to 5:00 pm on the closing day of the session. 

 If you cannot commit to attending the program in full, we advise you wait to apply in another year when your schedule will allow you to participate fully.

Dates for the Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2020 are as follows:

September 18-19 (two day weekend)
October 16-17 (two day weekend)
November 5-7 (three day weekend)

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* 34. Are there any potential schedule conflicts that might prevent you from participating fully in all sessions?

2020 Emerging Leaders Program Statement of Financial Understanding:

As an applicant for the Sorensen Institute’s 2020 Emerging Leaders Program I sign my name electronically below to signify that….

• Responsibility for paying for participation in the program is my own;

• I can apply for financial aid;

• Financial aid applications will be reviewed by the Weldon Cooper Center Associate Director and decisions will be provided to me if I am selected to attend the program to which I am applying;

• I can choose to pay in one lump sum of $1,500.00, or I can choose to pay in installments of $550.00 each, which includes a processing convenience fee.

• Payments must be made in full for me to graduate.

• According to IRS guidance, the Lifetime Learning tax credit applies to students who are enrolled in one or more courses at an eligible educational institution. The course or courses must be either part of a postsecondary degree program or taken by the student to acquire or improve job skills. There are many other details surrounding the Hope and Lifetime Learning Tax Credits. We suggest that you contact your own tax professional to see if you qualify for these credits. Unfortunately, neither the Sorensen Political Institute nor the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service can provide tax advice. You can also contact the IRS' Office of Public Liaison at 202-622-2970 or view Publication 970 on the IRS website for further information.

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* 35. Please type your name to signify you understand the financial requirements for the ELP

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* 36. How did you learn about the Sorensen Institute?

Please provide the name, contact information, and relationship for two references.

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* 37. Reference 1

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* 38. Reference 2

When you click "Submit my application," you will be taken to the Sorensen Institute's website. If you do not reach this page, your application has not been received.

In the week after the deadline, you will hear from us about arranging an interview as the next step of the process Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to email Sarah Campbell at Sarah.Campbell@virginia.edu.

Applicants may also submit up to two letters of recommendation. These are not required, and we will not review more than two. To be considered, letters can be emailed to Sarah.Campbell@virginia.edu by 11:59pm on Friday, August 21st.

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