Selection Criteria Guidelines

Nebraska LEAD Program Fellows (participants) generally fall between the ages of 25-55 years of age. The following criteria will be considered in determining eligibility and in selecting the program participants:

  1. Preference will be give to applicants who have at least 3 years Nebraska residency immediately prior to applying.
  2. No two members of the same immediate family will be selected into the program at the same time. (Immediate family will be defined to include: spouse, brothers/sisters, sons/daughters and parents). NALC Board of Directors and committee members, their spouses, brothers/sisters, children and parents are ineligible for the program while serving on the Board or on a committee.
  3. Leadership ability and potential will be considered in the selection of participants. This will include evidence of the applicant's community, political or organizational activities. It will also include the ability to influence others as evidenced by degree to which the applicant is respected, recognized, or held in esteem by colleagues.
  4. Consideration will be given to the interest and willingness of the applicant to commit the necessary time, energy, and finances to the program. A minimum of 28 days the first year and 33 days the second year will be required plus travel time to seminars and for seminar preparation. Most seminars are scheduled from Thursday-Saturday or Sunday-Tuesday.
  5. Applicant must document to the satisfaction of the selection committee that he/she will be able to be away from the farm, ranch, business and/or home as required for full participation in the program. A document may be required stating that spouse, employer, partners or other persons with a vested interest understand the time requirements for participation and support the applicant's candidacy.
  6. Applicant will demonstrate his/her commitment to and understanding of issues affecting agriculture and rural communities through responses on the application and during the selection interview.
  7. The applicant's ability to participate meaningfully in academic seminars, outside reading, written assignments, and through self-expression will be considered in the selection.
  8. The applicant will support and abide by all policies, rules and regulations of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council.


Vaccination criteria for participation of Nebraska LEAD Program Fellows.

On February 3, 2023, our COVID policy was rescinded by the NALC Board. However, for international travel, country-specific vaccinations will still be required if such is mandated for entry to yet-to-be-determined destinations.

LEAD 40 Class

It is the policy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln not to discriminate based upon age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, sex, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, religion or political affiliation.