Buckeye Student Leadership Academy, June – October, 2022

Deadline and eligibility

We must receive your complete application by Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Application to the BSLA is competitive. To be considered, you should:

  • Be a junior in high school
  • Be a first-generation, rural and/or underrepresented minority student
  • Rank in the top 25 percent of your class
  • Be enrolled in a competitive curriculum, which might include AP, IB or honors; foreign language; or advanced mathematics courses
  • Be actively involved in extracurricular and leadership activities

The application process

STEP ONE: Ask for a recommendation

Your teacher, counselor, mentor or other person who can speak to your qualification for BSLA must recommend you by completing a recommendation survey. You may not use relatives or peers. Be sure you give them plenty of time to complete this step for you by March 1.

STEP TWO: Complete the BSLA Application

Read before starting (there are a few things you'll need to prepare):

1. Start the application

Answer all questions on the BSLA Application completely. You'll need your GPA, class rank, and ACT or SAT score (if you have not taken the ACT or SAT, you will be asked for your intended future test date, if available)

2. Upload your transcript in Word or PDF format

Request your unofficial transcript from your counselor and upload it to the application. It must include your current course schedule.

3. Upload a list of your activities in Word or PDF format

Upload your list of activities to the application. Activities include the ways you spend your time in and outside of school (e.g., clubs, community service, jobs, etc.). For each activity, include:

  • Name of activity
  • Brief description of activity (academic, community service, dance, etc.)
  • When you were involved
  • Your specific contribution or role
4. Upload your BSLA essay in Word or PDF format

Respond to one of these prompts and upload your answer to the application (maximum of 500 words):

  • Some students have a background, identity, interest or talent so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, please share your story.
  • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
5. Submit the application

Submit your application as early as you can and no later than Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

After you apply

Applicants will receive a decision by the end of April, 2021. If you are offered an opportunity to attend, you will be required to confirm your acceptance by the date indicated on your email invitation, and to have your parent or guardian sign an electronic DocuSign permission form; this form will be sent to the parent or guardian listed on your application.