Application Period Open for Student Leadership Program in Rogers, Ark.

Monday, August 19 at 08:55 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Eighteen years ago Dick Trammel, Carl Baggett and Raymond Burns as well as many other community leaders had the vision to help create future leaders in the Rogers, Ark., area. Arvest Bank teamed up with the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce* to launch the First Leadership* program. The purpose of the program is to help students establish leadership skills, explore career paths, strengthen self esteem and build interpersonal skills.

Each August sophomores and juniors from the city of Rogers are encouraged to apply for the program which runs September through April. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5, display leadership potential (yet not be overly involved in extra-curricular activities) and show a desire to be involved in the community.

Up to 20 students are chosen to participate in the program. Those students who are selected must maintaining passing grades in all courses throughout First Leadership and attend all First Leadership sessions.

There are nine sessions where students learn everything from human services to personal finance. Each year the students tour Little Rock, Ark., where students get to meet Governor Beebe and visit various cultural and historic sites like the Clinton Library, Central High Museum and the Arkansas Arts Center. 

First Leadership also allows students to interact with community and business leaders who they otherwise might not have the opportunity to meet. Students are also required to complete 10 hours of community service.

The deadline for applications is August 30, 2013. Applications are available at Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce website* and the offices at Rogers High School,* Rogers Heritage High School* and Rogers New Technology High School.*

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Community Support, Rogers
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