About the Program The Midland Young Leaders Challenge with General Tommy Franks is a world-class summer leadership program offering 30 of the top high school juniors in Midland County, Texas, a face-to-face experience with General Franks and prominent Midland leaders.
The Midland Young Leaders Challenge will help to develop leaders who can solve problems and communicate solutions that will propel our world to greater peace, prosperity and mutual respect. The program is built around General Franks’ Four Stars of Leadership: character, common vision, communication and caring. Those core principles guided General Tommy Franks through a 38-year military career.
During the free program, students are presented with ethical and leadership challenges to improve their leadership ability and confidence through persuasive communication, character and leadership development. Attendees will participate in a persuasive speech contest and have an opportunity to earn scholarships as well as the chance to attend the national Four Star Leadership program in July hosted by General Tommy Franks.
The Midland Young Leaders Challenge is sponsored by Midland College, the Midland Independent School District and the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum.
2020 Program Updates The Midland Young Leaders Challenge 2020 has been postponed and re-imagined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rising seniors have the opportunity to compete for scholarships via an essay writing contest. The first-place winner will be awarded a $500 college scholarship and the second-place winner will earn a $250 scholarship.
All current high school juniors (class of 2021) from Midland County, Texas, are eligible. This includes students from Midland ISD, Greenwood ISD, and private schools, as well as home school students. Applicants must submit their essays to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 15. Winners will be announced in June and notified via e-mail.
The topic for the essay is “Leadership in today’s world: What are you going to do about it?” Those wishing to apply may visit MidlandYoungLeaders.com for details on the topic, as well as additional submission guidelines. Essays should be no longer than 2,250 words (not counting footnotes). Essays must be original, not having been previously published or being considered for publication. Entry into the contest is free.
In addition, current high school juniors who met the deadline to apply for the original program will have their applications carried over to the 2021 program, where they will still be eligible to participate even if they have already completed high school. Those applicants will be contacted individually.
The dates for the 2021 Midland Young Leaders Challenge have been set for June 16-17.
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