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Thank you for your interest in the President's Emerging Leaders Program at Austin Peay State University.

The application for the 2022-2023

academic year is now open. 


11:59 PM, 31 December, 2021!


Students who are admitted into the President’s Emerging Leaders Program (PELP) have, by the time of their application to Austin Peay, already demonstrated significant achievements as leaders and scholars.

Who can apply?

High school seniors who plan to enter Austin Peay as full-time freshmen in the Fall of 2022 can now apply to PELP. To be considered for PELP, you must:

The application consists of some basic biographical information, some essay questions, and a face to face interview with the director and a few of the current PELP students.  Please use your very best writing style when you submit the responses to the essay prompts.  Be careful to use good grammar, check your spelling, and be sure that you do not have typographical errors.

Please supply first name, middle initial, and last name.
Please provide your current mailing address including city, state, and zip code.
Please provide a current phone number
Please provide your preferred email address
Please supply the name of the high school from which you will graduate.
Please enter your current GPA
Please enter your highest composite ACT score.
Please supply the name, position, and e-mail address for one reference. Please ask this person to send a confidential letter of recommendation to Dr. Tim Winters at PELP@apsu.edu.
Please list all leadership activities in which you have engaged during your high school years.
Please answer the following questions in 500-700 words total, and send your answers as an attachment in an email to PELP@apsu.edu.

1.  What qualities do you think one should have in order to be an effective leader?

2.  Describe a situation in which you took a position of leadership that was not in an organizational structure. For example, you saw someone being bullied and took some sort of action.

3.  Describe the path that led you to seek admission to the President's Emerging Leaders Program.

4.  What goals do you hope to accomplish by participating in the program?