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The application and selection process, here at PLC, is guided by our desire to gain a full understanding of the leadership talents and abilities and potential that you already possess. Therefore, we want you to submit the strongest application possible.

Please read through all of the directions on this page as well as looking at the pages, What We Look For, and Scholar Selection, to get a good idea of how your PLC application will get processed.

Our deadline of February 15th is a hard deadline and late or partial applications will not be accepted (you will be notified if there is an application extension).

Should you have any questions or concerns about the application or if you need more information, please contact one of the Assistant Directors for Recruitment and Selection, Bre Williams and Austin Kavanaugh at

  1. Find out if PLC is right for you and if you are right for PLC. Do your program research! Read the PLC FAQs, Program Brochure 2016-17, and Sample Syllabus to get a good idea.
  2. You may start your CU Boulder Scholarship General Application and the PLC application one week after you have submitted your CU Boulder Admissions Application. This allows for processing time of your application materials. You do not have to wait for an answer from admissions to begin your scholarship applications.
  3. You will be assigned a log-in (Identikey) and a password for your MyCUBoulder portal (this is very important). This is how you will access the scholarship applications online.
  4. Within your MyCUBoulder portal go to the Financial Aid tab -> Apply for Scholarships tab and start the application process with the General Scholarship Application:
  • Fill out all biographical and background information fields
  • Extra Curricular Activities/Clubs/Teams - Limited to 5 entries (choose those that best represent you as a person and your passions in academics and beyond)
  • Service - Limited to 5 entries (choose the 5 that best represent your dedication to a larger purpose outside of yourself)
  • Honors & Awards - Limited to 5 entries (choose the most recent and the ones you are most proud of, combine like awards)
  • Work Experience/Military Experience - Limited to 5 entries (please list most recent work experience first)
  1. Sign and Update the General Application to move on to the Presidents Leadership Class application.
  2. Click on the green arrow on your application to get to the Presidents Leadership Class application (if it is not an option on the screen, search under Our Opportunities; keyword - PLC)

To Complete your PLC Application:

  • Answer all four short-answer essay questions
  • Provide two email addresses for references (please notify your references that you will be requesting their recommendations - remind them often as well)
  • Save and update your application (it will remain in the 'Drafted' section) up until the due date of February 15th.
  • You will receive a reminder email to complete and submit your application.
  • We will access your official high school transcript through the CU Boulder Office of Admissions. Please do not send an additional copy.


Approximately 160 in-state and 50 out-of-state students will be invited to PLC Interviews. If you are invited, PLC Interviews will take place on CU Boulder campus.

In-State Interviews

University of Colorado Boulder - University Memorial Center (UMC)
March 9-10, 2017

Please click here to see the group schedules for the 2017 PLC Interviews.  There are six morning groups and six afternoon groups (scroll to page two).  Please choose the best group for your schedule.

Out-of-State Interviews

Via Skype
March 9-10, 2017