Participation in the HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program is open to women from all career fields. Those selected to be participants must be able to devote two days per month to the program. Accepted participants are responsible for securing appropriate release time from work for all training events. Applicants who represent faith, community or nonprofit organizations as volunteers and who have full- or part-time positions in other sectors are responsible for discussing with their supervisor the appropriateness of professional development time or other arrangements to attend these leadership development sessions during the work day.
Interested candidates may complete an online application. Once accepted, all HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program candidates must submit the program fee no later than January 1st, to secure space as a participant.
All required documents must be received by the application deadline for your application to be complete. Please ensure that your application contains the following:
The program fee for the HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program is $1,800 (which includes the $250 application fee). Payment is due January 1st. The program fee covers all program costs, including intensive leadership assessments, an overnight retreat, registration for the annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference and meals on program days. Program fee payments can be made by the sponsoring organization or by individuals. Participants are responsible for securing their own transportation for program sessions.
The 2020 class of the HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program has created one scholarship for a 2022 candidate interested in taking part in the HIGHER Ground experience with The VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute. During our time together, HIGHER Ground took us to a higher place, even during COVID-19. It made us stronger. It showed us gifts and talents that we had that we didn’t know we had. It pushed us to take risks. It taught us so much about leadership and about sisterhood. We want to be sure that others are able to have this experience. To that end, we created a scholarship.
This scholarship is in honor of our fearless leaders through our HIGHER Ground experience. This scholarship is created in the spirit of Dr. Grace E. Harris as a way to help a future GEHLI sister “lead with grace.”
The recipient of this scholarship will:
Due Date: November 15, 2021
**You must submit a completed program application for your scholarship application to be considered
Participants who complete the HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program will receive a certificate of completion from The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute.