2023 Summer Leadership Academy Applications are now OPEN!

Apply to the Summer Leadership Academy being held June 25 to June 29, 2023! New participants will earn 2 college credits upon completion of the program! Applications for the 2023 Summer Leadership Academy are open December 15, 2022 to March 1, 2023. Links to the applications are available below.

If you are a young woman currently in your freshman, sophomore, or junior year of high school and would like to apply to the Summer Leadership Academy, click here:


Take advantage of early bird pricing and save 50% off the application fee (a $25 savings) when you submit your application before February 1, 2023


If you have previously participated in the Summer Leadership Academy and would like to apply to the Peer Mentor Program, click here:


There is no application fee for the Peer Mentor Program. 


If you are submitting a recommendation on behalf of an applicant to either the Summer Leadership Academy or the Peer Mentor Program, click here:


Recommendations must be submitted on or before March 1, 2023.

About the 2023 Summer Leadership Academy

The 2023 Summer Leadership Academy will be held June 25-29. This 5-day, 4-night immersive leadership, college preparation, and career exploration program is available to young women who are current freshmen, sophomores and juniors in high school.

The Summer Leadership Academy welcomes high-achieving, mature and motivated high school students who share a common interest in preparing for college success, career exploration, and leadership development. New participants who successfully complete this robust, engaging leadership and college readiness program will earn 2 college credits from Mount Mary University.

For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section below, contact Alexandra Hoslet, Program Manager for the Women's Leadership Institute, at hosleta@mtmary.edu, or watch a recording of the January 18, 2023 Summer Leadership Academy Information Meeting. 

Watch the January Information Meeting


"I am much more confident in my friend making abilities and communication skills. I also have a much better understanding of what I want to do for a career." ~ 2022 Summer Leadership Academy Participant



Peer Mentor Program

pmYoung women who have successfully completed a previous Summer Leadership Academy are eligible to apply to be Peer Mentors. These young women put their leadership skills and experiences as Summer Leadership Academy graduates into practice by being small group leaders, positive role models, and assisting current Academy participants. Peer Mentors have specialized training and participate in small and large group programs and activities. During the small group sessions, they serve as facilitators alongside their Adult Mentor partners, leading discussion and conversation to help participants reflect on what they are learning. There is no cost to be a part of the Peer Mentor Program. The 2023 Summer Leadership Academy will have a total of 16 Peer Mentors. The program will include 8 new Peer Mentors and 8 Senior Peer Mentors. Senior Peer Mentors are young women who have already served as Peer Mentors and will return for another year of service and leadership development. Peer Mentor Program applications will be open from December 15, 2022 to March 1, 2023.

Learn about the 2022 Summer Leadership Academy



Frequently Asked Questions

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Summer Leadership academy code of conduct

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Sponsored in Part By

The program is sponsored each year by companies, organizations, and individuals interested in developing strong leaders. Thank you to these sponsors for seeing the potential in this programs and for investing in the lives of these women.


SSND   Virginia Cornyn '62     Nancy Cheski '65     

Linda Alvarado     Omar & Abby Andrietsch