HLA Applications

Application Process for 2016 Class - February 26 - June 9

The Harford Leadership Academy encourages the attendance of mid- to upper-level management personnel who have:

  • The goal of providing leadership in the community
  • An interest in accepting new and rewarding challenges
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and desire to learn more about Harford County

Candidates should submit a one-page (one-side) application on plain paper, to vcyran@harford.edu, including the following:

  • Name
  • Home address
  • Business address
  • Company/organization
  • Title/position
  • E-mail address
  • Phone (work and home)
  • List of past community involvement (indicate if in a leadership role)
  • List of current community involvement (indicate if in a leadership role)
  • Statement as to why you would like to attend the Academy
  • List two business references with phone numbers
  • Photo, passport size (.jpg format)

Please review Program Information to ensure that you will be able to attend the program sessions, including a casual dinner which will allow participants to meet each other prior to the start of the program.

Applications accepted beginning July 1 through January 15. Enrollment is generally limited to thirty-six adult participants. Selected candidates will be notified after the Selection Committee meets at the end of January.

The cost of the Academy is $710 per person, payable upon notification of acceptance. The SBDC offers a full scholarship to a small business owner/operator that meets SBA definition for minority business ( African-American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/ other Pacific Islander.) Limited scholarships may also be available. Include statement of need with your application. Please send the completed application to vcyran@harford.edu.  

To be eligible, applicants must live and/or work in Harford County, have demonstrated interest in volunteerism and the community, exhibit leadership potential, and be able to attend all sessions.

The selection committee strives for a balanced representation of adults from small and large businesses, industries, non-profit organizations, the professions, community organizations, government agencies and ethnic populations. Upon completion of the Academy, public recognition of the graduates and a certificate of achievement will be awarded. If there are more candidates than openings, a priority waiting list will be prepared for filling any last-minute vacancies.