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Leadership Cumberland 2024-2025 Fellows Application

TUITION: The tuition cost of one fellow is $2,750 and includes all learning materials, orientation, a mandatory overnight retreat, educational bus trip(s), and 8 class sessions totaling over 100 hours of educational content. Course experiences and offerings will be dependent on current climates.

If the cost of tuition is what is holding you back from participating in our program, we have a few different options available to help listed on the application below. Some of our sponsors generously supply scholarship opportunities either covering the full amount of tuition or a large portion. We also have personalized payment plans available to spread out the tuition cost over a selected period.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: All parts of the application and appropriate signatures are due by April 8, 2024.

First Name *
Last Name *
Referred By:
Address Line 1 *
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *
If you do not currently serve on a nonprofit board, are you open to the possibility of serving on a nonprofit board after your LC experience?


Leadership Cumberland has scholarship money that will be awarded to small (defined as 20 or fewer employees) for-profit or nonprofit businesses. Depending on need this could be two full scholarships or several partial scholarships. 

Guidelines for those applying for the scholarships are:

  • Applicant must work for a nonprofit organization or business with less than 20 employees.
  • Applicant and/or employer must be able/willing to fund at least 10% of tuition. Payment plans can be arranged.
  • Applicant must have at least two years of full-time employment.
  • Applicant must provide a one paragraph description of why they are applying for scholarship funding below.

All applications are subject to confidential evaluation. If you are not selected to participate in this year’s Leadership Cumberland class, your application can be retained by the curriculum committee at your request for consideration for later enrollment. 

All applicants will be notified of acceptance status no later than May 31, 2024. 

Tuition Payment: Due to fixed costs, full payment of tuition is expected by August 31, 2024, and is not refundable. Fellows utilizing an approved payment plan who are unable to finish the class are to fulfill their tuition in total; they may also recommend a substitute or defer participation. Any exceptions require board approval. 

Acceptance Policy: All applicants are reviewed against a rubric that considers the applicant’s leadership experience, community engagement, and desired outcome from the Leadership Cumberland program. Should applications exceed openings, the final selection of qualified Fellows will be based on the desire to create a class with diverse backgrounds, skills, and knowledge. Any applicants not accepted are welcome to apply again in the following year.