Any resident of Baldwin County may apply to the Leadership Baldwin County program, however, you should consider the following before you complete and submit an application form.
For the Leadership Baldwin County program to be truly meaningful, class members have a responsibility to participate fully. Attendance at scheduled functions, as well as interaction among class members, is essential to the total learning experience.
Attendance is mandatory at the overnight opening retreat scheduled for October 9-10, 2017, at Beckwith Camp and Conference Center. Monthly sessions, beginning at 8:30 a.m., are held on the second Thursday of the month November through April. Graduation is in May. At least 80% attendance is required for the monthly day-long sessions in order to graduate from the program.
If selected, tuition is due at the beginning of September. Tuition is $800 per applicant. The tuition covers all program materials, meals and refreshments on meeting days, chartered transportation, the opening retreat and graduation. Tuition is non-refundable. Flexible payment plans are available upon request. Leadership Baldwin County is a self-sustaining program.
Partial scholarships are available and the applications for scholarship assistance may be requested on the program application. The Phil Norris Scholarship, the Geniece Johnson Scholarship, the Harry Still Scholarship, the Steve McMillan Scholarship and the P. Grey Cane, Jr. Scholarship are among the sources of funds. Financial assistance is based on financial need. Leadership Baldwin County accepts donations to the scholarship fund. The scholarship fund is administered through Baldwin County United, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Applications are confidentially reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of community leaders. Applicants are notified in August of class selection. Since class size is limited, the selection process is competitive.
Applicants representing a corporation or organization must have the full support of their employer or sponsoring organization. Individuals do not need to be associated with a business or organization to apply.
Criteria for Selection
- Individuals with excellent potential to play a significant role on the community’s future.
- Individuals who demonstrate commitment and interest in serving in the community.
- Individuals who represent a cross-section of the community including business, government, non-profit agencies, community service volunteers and professions.
- Individuals who represent the various geographic areas and ethnic groups in the county.
- Individuals who will commit to program attendance and participation requirements.