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 encourage to apply again for future classes.

Applications MUST BE SUBMITTED to HCLA by Thursday, May 31. Letters of reference must accompany your application.

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.

Late applications will not be considered. All information is confidential.

For more information, please contact John Robbins, Executive Director at

Tuition for the 2018-2019 class year is $1,600 and is due prior to the opening retreat on Aug. 23.

Application Part 1 - Information

Personal Data
Do you live in Hamilton County
Do you work in Hamilton County
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Employment (if applicable)
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Other Employment History
Do you have your employer's support for the time required to participate in HCLA?

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 for 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 John Robbins at Letters should be submitted no later than Thursday, May 31st.

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Application Part 2 - 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. Do not list professional or business affiliations in this section.

Narrative Questions

Please provide detailed, thoughtful responses to the following questions. (2000 character max.)

1) What do you hope to gain from this experience?
2) What community involvement or experience has been most challenging for you? Why?
3) What is your personal philosophy regarding community service? How has it been reflected in your leadership experiences?
4) In your opinion, what are the one or two most pressing issues facing Hamilton County and its communities? How should we go about working towards a solution?
5) How would you like to make an impact in Hamilton County?
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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