How to Apply


High School Students - Graduating years: 2019 - 2023


Interested students must complete the online application, including a recommendation from a teacher, employer, coach, or school counselor, and submit.


Your application will be submitted, reviewed, and processed.  You will be notified via email if you have been accepted. You will receive a welcome packet and enrollment forms to complete.  Your spot is not reserved until we receive your $100 deposit and completed enrollment forms.


If you are registering for our second year program, select “Y2” on the application page. You will experience all that NLA has to offer in regular programming, plus added perks and bonus training.


Enrollment will remain open until all 250 spots have been reserved. There is an "Early-bird Registration" deadline of April 1, 2019, to receive $100 off your program fee. It is important to note, however, that you enroll on a first-come, first-served basis. Since program space is limited, it is wise to enroll early for this popular summer program.

Once the 2019 Academy reaches capacity, National Leadership Academy will keep a waiting list for students who would still like to participate should a spot become available. We will contact all students on the waiting list approximately three weeks prior to the program if there is available space.


$795.00 – Early Bird Price due by May 1, 2019
$895.00 – Paid in Full by June 1, 2019

Your program fee includes accommodation, all meals, snacks, & water, local transportation during the program, staff, security, curriculum and instruction, program materials, books, & activities, site visits & events, commemorative T-shirt, and a Certificate of Completion.

Transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. There is a shuttle bus to get to and from CCU from the Airport, if you are flying in from out of town. While attending the program, you will not need any additional money.


Bring a group from your High School! For every 10 paid Student Registrations per high school, NLA will provide a full scholarship to be used as you wish.


We are proud to offer a limited number of scholarships to eligible students. The Academy seeks to ensure that financial support is available to all students who have a desire to attend. Each year, approximately 50% of NLA attendees receive some level of financial support. All students are also encouraged to raise the remaining funds needed to attend, using our Student Fundraising Guide.

Additional information about the application process will be included in the packet of information sent out to students once they have been accepted to the program.


NLA begins at 12PM, on Thursday, June 20.  Students who are flying into Denver International Airport will take our shuttle bus to and from CCU. The last shuttle departs DIA at 10:30 AM, so please plan on arriving at the airport no later than 10:00 AM. On Sunday, June 23, the shuttle will depart for DIA at 12:30 PM. Please plan departing flights no earlier than 3:30 PM. Don't worry, arrival flight delays will be handled by NLA staff. We won't leave you behind!

If you are driving or getting dropped off at the Academy, please plan to arrive between 11:00AM - 11:45AM, on Thursday, June 20.

We will gladly help coordinate flights and arrival times to coincide with our airport shuttle service to the program site, and an NLA staff member will be waiting at the airport when you arrive.