Complete the form below to apply for HCLA

The Hamilton County Leadership Academy offers a 10-month program designed to connect servant leaders to their communities. Graduates of the program will have a deeper knowledge and understanding of Hamilton County. They will be more connected to their community and have clarity around making an impact in their own backyard.

Participants are selected on the basis of their experience, leadership potential, and desire to serve the community.


Participation in each HCLA class is limited and extremely competitive.

We have found 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. Take the time to answer questions thoroughly and thoughtfully to give yourself the best possible chance of being selected.

Applicants who are not selected are encouraged to apply again for future classes.

Applications MUST BE SUBMITTED to HCLA by Sunday, May 31. Your most recent resume and letters of recommendation must accompany your application. Late applications will not be considered. All information is confidential.

Please allow 20-30 minutes to complete your entire online application. You will NOT be able to save and continue it later (many applicants write out their answers in another program and cut and paste them into the application during submission).

You will receive an email confirmation after submitting your online application.

For more information, please contact Andee Marley, Executive Director at

Tuition for the Class of 2021 is $1,600 and is due prior to the opening retreat on Aug. 21.

Application Part 1 – Information

Personal Information
Do you live in Hamilton County
Do you work in Hamilton County
Mail sent to:
Email sent to

Most Recent Employment Information (if applicable)

Please upload a copy of your most recent resume.

NOTE: You do not need to create a new resume for this application. It is only used to gather basic work history and education information.

NOTE: If you are retired, you can upload your last resume before retirement.

NOTE: You can email your resume to or send it by mail to P.O. Box 1414, Noblesville, IN 46061

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Do you have your employer's support for the time required to participate in HCLA?
YesNo, please explainN/A
Who will pay your tuition?
I will.My employer will.A sponsor will.I don't know yet.

Recommendation (You may submit more than one letter of recommendation)

Applicants should provide at least one letter of recommendation. Your reference should be knowledgeable about your professional experience, community service, leadership experience and skills.

NOTE: The recommendation letter must be typed and submitted in a professional format. No handwritten letters or recommendations contained in the body of an email will be accepted.

You can upload your letter of recommendation below or have the individual submit a letter of recommendation to:

HCLA (P.O. Box 1414, Noblesville, IN 46061) or via email to Andee Marley at

Letters should be submitted no later than Friday, May 31st.

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Application Part 2 - Community Leadership Narrative

Community Leadership

Please list up to 3 of your most meaningful current or previous community leadership experiences. These may include boards, committees, groups or service organizations.

NOTE: Do not list professional or business affiliations in this section.

Narrative Questions

These narrative questions are one of the most important aspects of your application. Please provide detailed, thoughtful responses to the following questions. You have ample space to do so. (2000 character max. per question)

1.) What is your community leadership philosophy? How has it been reflected in your leadership experiences?

2.) What do you believe are the one or two greatest issues/challenges facing Hamilton County communities?

3.) How would you like to make an impact in Hamilton County?

4.) What do you hope to gain from your participation within the HCLA program?

5.) The HCLA application process is highly competitive. What do you believe are your unique characteristics, experiences or perspective that make you the best candidate for HCLA?

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.

Clicking Submit recognizes that you agree to these terms and conditions.