Completion of this application is required.  Applications must be submitted to HCLA by June 30th.  Letter of Reference is due by July 10th.  

  • A PDF copy of the application is available online or by email.  PDF copies may be emailed to: jdoyle@hcla.net or the application may be completed electronically on our website.
  • All applications must be typed. 
  • Please allow 20-30 minutes to complete your entire online application.  You will NOT be able to save it and continue the application later.  
  • Late applications will not be considered.  All information is confidential.
  • You will receive an email confirmation once you submit your online application.
  • For more information or questions, please contact Jill Doyle at jdoyle@hcla.net.
  • Tuition for the 2017-2018 class year is $1600 and is due prior to the opening retreat.

The Hamilton County Leadership Academy is a 10-month program designed to identify, educate, motivate and develop a select group of community members for positions of community leadership.  Participants are selected on the basis of ability, leadership potential and demonstrated interest in serving the community.

Participation in each HCLA class is limited and we have found that our classes are most successful when they represent a balanced geographic and demographic cross section of Hamilton County.  Applications are reviewed by a selection committee using a point system.  The selection committee uses this application as its sole source of information about you, so it is in your best interest to answer questions thoroughly and thoughtfully.  Applicants who are not selected are encouraged to apply again for future classes.

Application Part 1 - Information

Personal Data

Employment (if applicable)

Other Employment History

Do you have your employer's support for the time required to participate in HCLA?

If you are selected to participate, where should the tuition invoice be sent to?

If tuition assistance is needed, please explain the need:

Education and Specialized Training

Please list high school, college, graduate school, business/trade school and/or any specialized training.


Please list one individual who will serve as personal reference to you and who is knowledgeable about your professional experience, community service, leadership experience and skills. The individual should submit a letter of recommendation to:

HCLA, PO Box 1414, Noblesville, IN 46061 or via email to Jill Doyle at jdoyle@hcla.net. Letters should be submitted no later than July 10

Application Part 2 - Narrative

Community Leadership

Please list up to 3 of your current or previous community leadership experiences. Please include boards, committees or groups you have been involved. Do not use professional or business affiliations in this section.

Professional / Social Leadership

Please list up to 3 of your current or previous professional, social or trade association leadership experiences.

If you have previously not had time or interest in being actively involved, why are you now seeking involvement in the community?

Community Issues

1) What do you hope to gain from the Leadership Academy experience?

2) What have you found to be your most challenging community involvement and why?

3) How have you demonstrated your personal philosophy regarding community service in your leadership experiences?

4) What do you feel are the two most pressing problems facing Hamilton County and its communities and what are your recommendations for solutions?

5) What contributions do you want to make to the community?

Application Agreement

I understand that successful completion of this program requires full attendance at the opening two-day retreat, closing retreat, and 7 of the 9 monthly sessions, plus completion of the required class and civic projects. I also understand that a tuition fee of $1,600 will be charged to accepted applicants. My submission warrants that all information contained in this application is true and correct. If my application is selected, I will conduct myself in a manner befitting a community leader. I will devote the time and tuition resources required to fully participate in the Hamilton County Leadership Academy.

In the event the applicant commits a felony, is guilty of gross negligence or is incompetent in the performance of his or her duties, engages in conduct which, in the sole opinion of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy Board of Directors, brings the applicant into public disrepute, contempt or ridicule, or reflects unfavorably on the Leadership Academy, the applicant will be subject to termination from the program by a majority vote of the Board of Directors without a refund of the application fee.

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