Summer Leadership Summit
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What is SLS?
Am I Eligible for SLS?
How Do I Apply:
Who Should I Select as My References?
What is the Cost to Attend?
When is SLS?
Where is SLS held?
What Happens after SLS?
What are the Best Ways to Stay Informed about SLS?
The Summer Leadership Summit brings together top student leaders for a unique experience aimed at enhancing leadership qualities and growth through collaboration and learning. The specific focus of this premier three day experience is different every year, always centering on an aspect of personal leadership development. Students can expect interactive activities, professional speakers, and networking opportunities with other student leaders.
What are some Recent Topics or Themes of SLS?
In years past, the Summer Leadership Summit has covered topics such as:
- Pursuing Your Ultimate Dream
- Unlimited Potential
- Developing a Powerful and Purposeful Network
Traditionally, the Summer Leadership Summit is designed for some of Texas A&M University-Commerce’s top student leaders who are actively involved on campus and in the community. Any currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at the University with a GPA no lower than a 2.0 the previous semester may apply (as long as you will be in attendance the following fall semester).
Every spring, the application for the Summer Leadership Summit becomes available via the Leadership Engagement & Development (L.E.A.D.) website. The application itself contains three to four short essay questions, a demographic section, a place to list your organizational affiliations, and two references. As you develop your application, keep in mind that the planning committee looks for significant effort in every area. Although you do not need to write a novel for each question, a depth of thought is certainly valued. Quality is much more important than quantity.
In general, students should select references who know them well enough to speak honestly to their character. A great reference can be the defining factor for acceptance into the program. Therefore, students should take careful consideration when selecting their references. Some examples of people students may consider as a reference include: teachers, organizational advisors, mentors, and employers.
When a student is accepted into the program, they are asked to pay a $25 non-refundable deposit. This is the only nominal fee for students. There are opportunities to apply for a scholarship through the SLS committee to cover the expense. Many times, various departments and organizations on campus will invest in students attending the Summit by paying for their $25 registration fee.
The Summer Leadership Summit is traditionally held once a year in mid-August, just prior to the start of the academic year. The official date of the event varies, depending on the availability of the location and the academic calendar.
The Summer Leadership Summit has a long-standing relationship with the Prothro Center in Pottsboro, TX. This venue, tucked away in the countryside of Pottsboro, sits along the shores of beautiful Lake Texoma. The peaceful serenity of the lodging at the Prothro Center combined with the transformational curriculum of the program creates a truly remarkable leadership experience.
Since the Summit is a helpful way for students on campus to connect with one another, the planning committee coordinates a few efforts to cultivate that notion. Specifically, students are invited to a reunion several weeks after the event to reconnect. Also, each student is added to a Facebook group that encourages each participant to stay in touch, share successes/failures, and create a powerful support network.
You can always visit our website for the application and periodic updates about the program. Plus, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (@LEADTAMUC), Blog, and YouTube for official updates and any campus chatter regarding SLS. Follow the conversation: #SLS2013