Sullivan Leadership Award Application

The Sullivan Leadership Award application consists of three components that may be submitted using our online application.


Write an essay introducing yourself to the Selection Committee. In this essay, please address the following points:

  • Describe your leadership style and how you anticipate its growth over time
  • Name one social or environmental justice issue you are passionate about and describe how you are involved
  • Pick one of the five Sullivan Leadership Program values (academic excellence, leadership & service, spirituality, global engagement and community) and explain how it resonates with you

Be sure to include specific examples of your school and community activities in the essay. You may organize your response however you think works best to clearly communicate your experiences and perspectives. Please limit the essay to two double-spaced pages and name the document ESSAY for submission. The online form supports Word documents and PDF files.

Leadership Resume

Please provide a resume of service and leadership experiences. This may include experiences in student government, athletics, the arts, religious service groups, community service and part-time employment. It is appropriate to note service trips and education abroad experiences here as well. Awards, special recognitions and honor society memberships should be included. Please follow the format and instructions given on the Sullivan Resume Sample. DO NOT include GPA or test scores. Please limit the resume to two pages and name the file RESUME.   

Two Letters of Recommendation

We require one letter from a classroom teacher; the second letter may come from a counselor, teacher, supervisor, coach, or other individual familiar with your leadership and service efforts at school or in the community. Letter writers are encouraged to address your academic performance, oral and written communication skills, interactions with peers and adults, level of responsibility, and community involvement.  You will have the opportunity to nominate two recommenders as part of the application process. If you choose to use the letters of recommendation you provided for the Common Application, please note that your recommenders will need to resubmit them using the online submission process specific to the Sullivan Application.

We are no longer accepting applications for the Sullivan Leadership Award for Fall 2018.


Students must apply for Early Action by submitting a complete admissions application in addition to the Sullivan Leadership Award application. The deadline for both is November 15, 2017.


2017-18 Theme

The industry of eviction and the cycle of poverty

Last Year's theme available here.