Deadline Nears For Four Star Leadership Institute

Thousands in College Scholarships Available for High School Students

May 06, 2013, 08:00 ET from National Center for Policy Analysis

DALLAS, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The May 15 deadline for nationwide applications to the prestigious Four Star Leadership Institute with General Tommy Franks is quickly approaching.

4SL is an intense week-long leadership and character development program for high school students. The students meet with politicians, authors, and national leaders, and compete in writing and debate.

The session includes air fare, room and board, and is entirely free to the 50 selected students.  Thousands of dollars in scholarships will be available to all participants.

For more information, and to apply, go to

This year's program will be conducted at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmund, Oklahoma, July 14-20.

"Our grand experiment of America can't last long in gridlock," said Gen. Franks. "We're going to have to get to a point where you can have an opinion, and I can have an opinion, and we can argue the merits of each viewpoint without being disrespectful. 

"It's long been my hope that we could mentor young people in this skill of resolving conflicts through civil discourse, rather than civil discord.  And the Four Stars of this kind of leadership are Character, Common Vision, Communication, and Caring."

Students will be chosen based on the leadership potential demonstrated in their application, references provided and a phone interview.

Three full-tuition scholarships to the University of TexasArlington 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.

Gen. 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). 

SOURCE National Center for Policy Analysis