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Who is eligible to apply?

NEW LeadershipTM Idaho is open to undergraduate students enrolled in any Idaho college or university and Idaho residents enrolled in out-of-state schools. May 2024 graduates are eligible to participate. Each NEW Leadership class includes students 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 considerations; however, we have had very successful alumni with no prior leadership experience. We look for participants with diverse backgrounds 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?

The 2024 Program will be hosted at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.

Can I work during NEW Leadership?

No, given the time commitment required during the program (generally events run from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm each day), this is not feasible. You are required to attend all sessions.

Am I required to stay on campus during the NEW Leadership program?

Yes, NEW Leadership is a residential program requiring you to stay in the Boise State dorms. We recognize this requirement can be a burden, but each day you will be attending sessions from around 8:00 am to 8:00 pm with projects sometimes being worked on outside that time frame. Not only does the on-campus experience support this schedule but it is a critical component of the program’s success and we are unable to make exceptions.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to students. Participating schools are asked to pay a program fee for each student attending NEW Leadership Idaho.

Who should I contact at my school?

Most Idaho schools have a primary contact that can help answer questions about the program. You can also contact your Advisor or Department Chair. If you need help finding a contact at your school, feel free to contact us at:

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

Each student who is accepted must confirm their 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; however, the school can choose to apply the payment toward a student attending the following year’s program.