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Who is eligible to apply?

NEW Leadership™ Idaho is open to undergraduate students enrolled in any Idaho college or university and Idaho residents enrolled in out-of-state schools. We strongly encourage women of color and nontraditional college women to apply.  Each NEW Leadership™ class includes women from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, racial and educational backgrounds.

What qualifications do you look for in successful applicants?

Demonstrated leadership experience in your campus or community and a commitment to expanding knowledge about politics and civic engagement are primary considerations.  We look for participants with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to the knowledge of the group by offering different perspectives.

Does it matter what my major is?

No, past participants from programs across the country have represented a wide range of majors including; music, biology, business, social work, education, criminal justice, women and gender studies, and political science.  There is no specific academic profile for the successful NEW Leadership™ participant.

Where does the program take place?

Most of the program sessions will be held on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.  The program will also include sessions to be held downtown and in the state capitol.

Can I take classes or work during NEW Leadership?

No.  NEW Leadership™ Idaho is a full-time residential program, and participants are required to participate in all sessions and activities and reside on the Boise State University campus for the entire program.

Do I have to stay in the dorms, even if I live close to campus?

Yes.  All NEW Leadership™ participants are required to stay in the dorms during the program.  The residential requirement is crucial to sustaining the program focus and helps develop strong bonds among the participants.

How much does it cost?

There is no direct cost to students.  Participating schools are asked to pay a $500 program fee for each student attending NEW Leadership™ Idaho.   There are also a limited number of scholarships to be utilized for students who are unable to obtain funding from their schools.

Who should I contact at my school?

We are currently working to develop partnerships with Idaho colleges and universities who will agree to help students find funding for the $500 program fee.

What if my school is not listed as a participating institution?

If your school is not listed, contact NEW Program Manager, Cathe Scott at (208) 426-3784.

What if I am accepted and change my mind or am unable to attend? Can I get a refund?

Each student who is accepted must confirm her attendance at least three weeks before the program begins, at which time your school will be billed. Cancellations made two weeks prior to the first date of the program will be credited back to the sponsoring University at 50%; Cancellations made within two weeks of the program are non-refundable.  Alternatively, the University can choose to apply the payment toward a student attending the following year’s program.

If you have additional questions please contact Cathe Scott at (208) 426-3784 or