Scholarship Opportunities from Gen. Tommy Franks Leadership Program


Fifty top high school students from across the country will be chosen to participate in the General Tommy Franks Four-Star Leadership (4SL) summer program July 14-20 in Oklahoma City.

The 50 selected students will meet with authors, politicians and global thought leaders, such as Karl Rove, former presidential adviser, author and FOX News commentator, and participate in leadership training, policy debate, and speech competition. They will receive free travel, room and board, to this summer’s program.

Potentially $395,000 in scholarships will be available to the students in scholarships.

Three full-tuition scholarships to the University of Texas – Arlington and $15,000 in scholarship grants will be awarded to competition winners, and every one of the 50 students who will attend Oklahoma Christian University will receive a $1,000 per year scholarship for up to four years.

To apply today, please visit http://fourstarleader.com/ or for more information call 580-726-5900.

General Tommy Franks, former commander-in-chief of American and coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, hosts the program, with Oklahoma Christian University (OC), the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and new 2013 partner the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA).

Deadline for applications is May 15, 2013.

Since 2008, 4SL has welcomed 206 American high school students from 42 states and 32 international students. Kings, governors, senators, Olympic gold medalists and top national policy experts have mentored students in developing and demonstrating the core leadership principles of the program: character, common vision, communication, and caring.

Each session will follow curriculum designed to develop leadership skills and challenge students through teambuilding exercises, collaboration, spontaneous problem solving and competition. Excursions during the week will provide participants opportunities to further develop and employ those skills through cultural experiences and service projects.

This year’s Four Star Leadership Congressional Debate competition offers students expert policy briefings so they may address those issues in persuasive speech and editorial contests, while collaborating in a model Student Congress. Students will investigate contemporary policy controversies ranging from energy policy to human rights.

Four Star Leadership with General Tommy Franks is an all-inclusive program (tuition, room, board, travel and fees) that is free to selected students. Four Star Leadership invites top high school leaders from across America to apply. Applicants should have the potential to build relationships and motivate peers to action. They should be quick on their feet, eager to engage in active dialogue, willing to develop independent ideas and able to communicate effectively.

About the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum

The goal of the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum is to tell compelling stories of leadership, introduce historical topics in each exhibit, and to encourage study and debate concerning the leadership traits illustrated by the story. It is located in Hobart, Okla. For more information, visit http://www.tommyfranksmuseum.org.

Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Christian University, which set an enrollment record with 2,271 students this year, is recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review. The university offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study and graduate programs in business administration, engineering, ministry, and divinity. In addition to its Oklahoma City campus, OC has study abroad opportunities in Europe, Honduras and the Pacific Rim. We’re thrilled to welcome program participants to campus and proud they’ll call OC home for this important week. For more information, visit: http://www.oc.edu.

About the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)

With offices in Dallas and Washington, D.C., the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. The NCPA's goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. For more information, visit http://www.ncpa.org

Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA)

With thousands of members across the state and a staff based in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs operates as an independent, nonprofit public policy research organization – a think tank – focused primarily on state-level issues. Throughout their 20 years of existence, the primary purpose of OCPA has been to educate the citizenry to equip them for self-government. They want to empower Oklahomans to lead the nation in the defense of freedom by providing fact-based public policy analysis that promotes free markets, limited government and entrepreneurial opportunity. OCPA publishes the conclusions from its research in the monthly policy journal Perspective and online at http://www.ocpathink.org. In turn, they promote those conclusions through an array of media – including radio, TV, Facebook and Twitter – that has steadily increased in breadth, scope and effectiveness. Today, within the arena of public policy and politics, OCPA is regarded as the flagship of the free-market movement in Oklahoma.