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Do I need to send my formal transcripts?

Transcripts are not required for the application but may be requested if needed during the selection process. There is no minimum GPA required for selection into the program.

How much does the leadership program pay?

Participants will receive a $750 stipend for participating in the full three-week program.  Participants will be paid a portion of the stipend twice per month, on the 15th and the last working day of the month.

How are students selected to participate?

Participants are selected by the Initiative’s selection committee. Selection criteria include (in no particular order): community and school involvement, work experience, volunteerism, student goals, and aspirations.  Because there is no formal interview process, students are encouraged to be as specific as possible when completing the application and to include detailed information throughout the application process.

When will students be notified if they have been selected to participate?

All applicants will be notified via email on or before May 11, 2019. Students will be allowed up to one week to accept the internship offered. Those students not selected will also be notified via email.

What is the GPA requirement for the program?

There is no minimum GPA requirement for selection, aside from a student being in good academic standing as an enrolled rising high school senior. We look at overall performance and do not base our decisions solely upon GPA.

I am undecided about a career at this point. I am interested in many areas of study and career choices. Should I still apply?

Yes. We don’t expect all our participants to become community economic development leaders, but we think you will enjoy this hands-on introduction to one possible career. This introduction to community economic development may help you decide if you like the discipline enough to pursue it further. Additionally, the leadership skills developed will enhance your growth for any career.

I am planning to go on vacation with my family or participate in other summer activities or jobs. Can I still participate in the program?

Participation in all leadership forums is required and students are expected to participate in the entire program. As such, students should defer family vacations, extra-curricular activities and other part-time jobs during the dates of leadership forums.

Can I start a couple of days later than the scheduled start date?

No, students are required to attend the entire program.

How can I learn more about the NC Community Development Initiative?

Please visit our website at

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Barron or Katrina Damon
Program Facilitators
(919) 756-5106