Presidential Leadership Scholars
Developing a new generation of leaders who are focused on solving society's most challenging issues.
The presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson bring together diverse mid-career professionals from across the non-profit, military, public, and private sector fields to learn first-hand from four consequential presidencies.
The United States is a vibrant nation with a strong culture of service. Throughout its history, talented leaders have emerged to help our nation confront its toughest problems. Today, it seems the country is facing new challenges, including deep division. The future will be owned by leaders who, despite their differences, are willing to engage in the difficult job of finding real solutions.
This first-of-its-kind program, in partnership with other presidential centers, teaches leadership through the lens of presidential experiences.
A diverse group of rising leaders applies their skills through personal leadership projects that improve their communities, the country, and the world.
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Graduates attribute significant personal leadership growth, inspiration, and progress on their personal leadership projects to the program.
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Applications for the class of 2022 will open summer of 2021. Sign up for updates from the Bush Center for notifications of the next application window.
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