Application Information/Requirements

Leadership Lancaster grads are on the front lines of this COVID19 crisis. We are watching daily as they are serving our community, pivoting their business models, and building collaborations to make Lancaster County stronger and safer.

We also know we will need connected, educated, and inspired community leaders at all levels and across all sectors to continue to lead, to guide us through this crisis, and to rebuild our community when the crisis is over.

For that reason, we are still accepting applications for the Core Class of 2021. However,we've altered the application timeline because we understand the uncertainty your teams face right now and we know you have to prioritize your immediate needs. We will still be here when you are ready, connecting, educating, and inspiring community members who answer the call to lead.

Your first step on the path to leadership begins with the Core Class 2021 application. The deadline to apply online is June 26 at 4p. Scholarships and flexible payment plans are available. Contact Kate for more information.

Application Instructions for the Class of 2020-2021:

  • Applications must be submitted online at (please contact the Leadership Lancaster office if this poses a hardship).
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Please do not include resumes and biographical information with applications.
  • The deadline for all completed applications for the Core Class of 2021 is June 26, 2020 at 4:00pm. Completed applications may be submitted any time prior to the deadline.

Leadership Lancaster Core Program

The Core Program is a challenging, nine-month leadership skills development course.

Class members can expect an intensive hands-on curriculum including presentations from established leaders from all sectors of the community. Class members will participate in discussion of the unique opportunities and challenges facing Lancaster County including education, health and human services, public policy and economic development, law and justice, the arts, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. While learning about their community, participants will explore their own values, philosophies, prejudices and beliefs while building trust, rapport and networks between people with different world views.

The participants of the Core Program represent our culturally, ethnically, socially, economically and geographically diverse community.

The Core Program is one of four programs offered by Leadership Lancaster. Each of the four programs is designed to reflect our mission of developing outstanding community leadership to support the needs of Lancaster County.

Selection Process

The Selection Committee identifies those individuals who will use their leadership skills for the long-term benefit of the community, thus fulfilling Leadership Lancaster's purpose of broad participation that creates stewards of a dynamic community. Selection is based upon the information provided in the application.

The criteria for selection are:

  • Potential for community leadership
  • Achievement of goals
  • Motivation for applying
  • Commitment to the Lancaster community
  • Contribution to the overall strength of the class

In order to be considered for the Core Class of 2021, a fully completed application (application, commitment form, two references and scholarship requests, if applicable) must be submitted to the Leadership Lancaster by the June 26th deadline. All applicants who represent organizations/businesses need the full support of their employers regardless of financial support. Applicants will receive written notification from Leadership Lancaster about your candidacy for the program in July.

Leadership Lancaster does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

Program Requirements /Attendance Policy

Course requirements: attendance at all scheduled classes, active participation within the Community Action Teams and CAT group presentation, community board observation, government observation and an arts & culture observation.

The Core Program is an experiential learning environment. Some of the Core Class sessions may require physical activities including, but not limited to, walking distances. If you should need accommodations, or have any concerns you would like to discuss, please contact the Leadership Lancaster office at 394-9393 or Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations.

Leadership Lancaster Attendance Policy:

  • Attendance at the opening retreat is mandatory. If you cannot commit to the 2 day retreat in its entirety, it is not in your best interest to apply at this time.
  • No more than 2 days of excused absences are permitted. Late arrivals and/or early departures from program days could be considered absences.
  • Any session absences must be approved by Leadership Lancaster.

Community Action Teams

Community Action Teams offer opportunities to practice team building, team processing and leadership skills through the exploration of community topics. Class members will be divided into small groups to focus on a specific issue our community is facing.Team building, delegation, conflict resolution and communication skills are exercised during this collaborative process. The process is the learning emphasis for this experience. There will be some time allotted during the class days, but there will be an additional time commitment needed outside the classroom to meet with individual small groups.


Tuition cost is $2,250 per person ($150 of this amount must be paid by the participant personally) with a limited number of scholarships available. There is no application fee and tuition is not due until acceptance.

Leadership Lancaster member program participation would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and fundraising efforts as tuition fees do not cover the full cost of the program.

Full tuition is due prior to August 21, 2020.

Financial Assistance

No applicant accepted into the program will be turned away for financial reasons. Payment plans may be arranged, and tuition assistance is available based upon need.

Leadership Lancaster has a General Scholarship Fund and can offer a limited number of partial scholarships for those participants who may require financial assistance. We also offer two full scholarships: the Nancy Neff Scholarship and the John Synodinos Scholarship.

To apply for a scholarship, click to complete electronically. No scholarship/financial assistance will be provided without this completed form.

Tuition assistance will be considered only after the applicant is selected.
Your request for financial assistance in no way influences the selection process and is totally confidential.

2020-2021 Dates (Dates and times are tentative)

Unless otherwise stated, sessions are held from 7:30am until 5:00pm
Dates and times are subject to change.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020: Orientation (evening)
Thursday, September 10, 2020: Opening Retreat (daytime) AND Welcome Reception (evening)*
Friday, September 11, 2020: Opening Retreat*
Friday, October 2, 2020: Understanding Differences
Friday, October 16, 2020: Health & Human Services
Friday, November 6, 2020: Arts & Culture
Friday, December 4, 2020: Public Policy & Economic Development
Friday, January 8, 2021: TBD- Flex Day
Friday, February 5, 2021: Law & Justice
(2/12/21 inclement weather makeup)
Friday, March 5, 2021: Public Education
(3/12/20 inclement weather makeup)
Friday, April 9, 2021: Leadership Advantage
Friday, April 23, 2021: CAT Presentations
Friday, May 7, 2021: County Tour
Thursday, May 13, 2021: Closing Retreat and Graduation (evening)**


Application Check List

  • Completed, signed and dated application
  • TWO completed references submitted online
  • Signed Commitment Form
  • Sponsoring organization/employer's signature
  • Scholarship form (if applicable)
  • Submit online by June 26, 2020 at 4pm.

General Information:

For more information, contact our office at (717) 394-9393 or click here.
Click here to complete the online application. Please note that all final applications must be submitted electronically through the website.

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