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LPV Application Deadline is July 1

SPRINGFIELD — Leadership Pioneer Valley, which recently honored the 34 graduates of its class of 2016, is currently accepting applications for its 5th anniversary class.

The deadline for submitting applications is July 1. Information on applying or nominating an individual is available on the agency’s website: www.leadershippv.org.

Each class of Leadership Pioneer Valley is selected through a competitive process conducted by members of the Enrollment Committee. In any given year, there are more applicants than positions available. Interviews may be offered on a case-by-case basis. Approximately 30-40 individuals will be selected based on criteria including: commitment to civic involvement in the Pioneer Valley region, potential for community leadership, and professional as well as personal achievement. Diversity is a key goal of Leadership Pioneer Valley. Factors used in determining the final make-up of the class include age, geographic location, employment sector, race, sexual orientation, and gender.

LPV offers a flat rate for tuition, and the agency wants to ensure that all who need tuition assistance receive it. Tuition for each participant in Leadership Pioneer Valley is $3,500, which includes a suggested personal tuition of $300. Tuition covers all class year expenses, including: an overnight retreat, meals, transportation, training and materials, trainers, commencement ceremony, and graduation dinner. Tuition assistance is available for organizations that are non-profits, public sector, and small businesses and individuals who are self-employed, unemployed, and who would otherwise be unable to participate. Additionally, flexible payment plans are available upon request for both employers and applicants.

Scholarships are also available for the personal tuition, including YPS and NAYP Scholarships. Graduates of the Women’s Fund’s LIPPI Program receive 20% off tuition.

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