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Thank you for your interest in applying to the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program.

We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and how it might further impact the 2022 program schedule and module locations. The Bush Center follows the CDC’s recommended guidelines for COVID-19. All precautions will be in place to ensure health and safety for all program participants. Applicants will be advised of any changes to the program via email and the program website.


The George W. Bush Institute is committed to improving transitions and outcomes for post-9/11 veterans and their families. In pursuit of this goal, the Bush Institute launched a first-of-its-kind veteran leadership program aimed at individuals serving our Nation’s veterans who are motivated to broaden their skillsets and influence across the country. The Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program (VLP) draws from and builds upon the Bush Institute’s existing leadership and military service programming. The program is designed to develop the leadership skills of individuals who are serving our Nation’s veterans by helping them scale their impact through leadership projects and through network relationship building. The program ultimately and widely affects our Nation’s veterans and the services and opportunities available to them.

While the program is designed to assemble a unique and diverse cohort of high-potential leaders, Scholars most successful in the program share certain personal characteristics:

  • Civically Minded: Willing and eager to take actions to improve society.
  • Eager to Receive Feedback: Willing to seek, humbly accept, and actively respond to feedback.
  • Accepting of Diverse Points of View: Welcoming opportunities to interact with and learn from others with different backgrounds or perspectives.
  • Meaningful Professional Experience: Having a breadth and depth of professional experience [though “quality” is not easily measured in time, the majority of accepted applicants have 5+ years of professional experience and are at a point in their careers where their participation in VLP will be felt for many years to come].
  • Demonstrated Leadership: Wanting to build on an established record of meaningful leadership.  VLP is not an introductory course in leadership.
  • In Positions of Influence: Having an opportunity and ability to take action and promote change in their communities or organizations.
  • Committed to the Program: Willing to fully participate in a rigorous and intense five-month program by being on site at modules in different locations for approximately 15 days and spending 40+ hours on pre- and post-module assignments.

For those admitted to the 2022 program, the program schedule will occur as follows:

     Module One:               June 14, 2022 – June 17, 2022
     Module Two:               July 19, 2022 – July 22, 2022
     Module Three:            August 17, 2022 – August 19, 2022
     Module Four:              September 13, 2022 – September 16, 2022
     Module Five:               October 10, 2022 – October 15, 2022

Please note that Module Five dates will be narrowed down but we are asking that you hold the entire week until final dates are confirmed in early 2022.  

We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and how it might further impact the 2022 program schedule and module locations. The Bush Center follows the CDC’s recommended guidelines for COVID-19. All precautions will be in place to ensure health and safety for all program participants.  

The George W. Bush Institute is committed to ensuring that leaders across the country can participate in this program at no cost to the Scholars. Tuition, housing, meals, and travel during the sessions in the host center’s city are fully funded by contributions from foundations, corporations, and generous donations.

Each Scholar is also required to have a Personal Leadership Project (PLP) that you will work on throughout the program. This project may represent the next step in an initiative on which you are already working, or the first step in a new project. The project may be part of your current work responsibilities, or something you are pursuing outside of your normal work. The project should provide you with the opportunity to apply the skills and competencies learned throughout the program. We expect each Scholar to begin the program having adequately thought through many of the important elements required to achieve a significant outcome by the end of the program. An appropriate PLP will:

Represent an Initiative that Will Impact Veteran Outcomes – A PLP can focus on an existing or a new initiative in which you are currently involved or plan to initiate. 
Focus on a Tangible Result – PLPs should have an achievable, short-term outcome by the end of the five-month program. Medium- and long-term outcomes are also expected, but the achievement of those outcomes is not expected within the program’s five-month time frame.
Leverage Participants’ Existing Knowledge and Experience – Participants must demonstrate they have established momentum and the foundational knowledge/experience to achieve the project’s outcomes.
Require Increased Personal Performance – A Scholar should be able to articulate how the achievement of the PLP’s outcomes will be significantly enhanced by his/her participation in the program. 

Throughout this application, you will be required to provide personal background information [academic, professional, etc.], responses to essay questions, recommendations, and a summary of your Personal Leadership Project. For questions throughout the application that require a text-entry response, you may “copy and paste” or directly enter your response into the text box.

We will use these materials to evaluate every applicant on the attributes described above. Following a thorough review process of each application, we will invite a group of finalists to interview for final selection into the program. All application materials, including recommendations, must be submitted online by 11:59 PM CST on Friday, February 4, 2022. Finalists will be notified by mid-March if they have been invited to participate in the interview process. Interviews will be conducted via videoconference in April and final acceptance decisions will be made early May 2022.

Again, thank you for your interest in the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program. We look forward to getting to know you through this application process.

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