A Fellowship for Hawaii's Future Leaders

Apply to the CTL Fellows Program


The CTL Fellows program engages, equips, and empowers Hawaii’s future leaders to start making a difference now. Students will have the opportunity to learn from top executive leaders in our state and work towards finding solutions that address the needs of Hawaii and our communities. 


DEVELOP essential public speaking, communication skills

MEET 20 new friends from public and private high schools 

JOIN a growing alumni network of over 200 emerging leaders

INTERVIEW over 25 influential leaders Hawaii

EXPAND your leadership capacity 

DISCOVER your unique leadership strengths

who should apply:

Exemplary high school. juniors and seniors who want to make a difference in Hawaii.

Application Dates and Deadline:

EXTENDED TO Monday, May 13, 2019 11:59PM HST
Finalists notified: May 13 and May 14, 2019
Interviews for Finalists: May 21 and 22, 2019
Mandatory Opening Retreat: August 10, 2019
Mandatory Parents Session at Opening Retreat: August 10, 2019

Application Checklist


  1. Carefully read CTL Program Expectations and review the Fellows 2019 - 2020 Program Schedule

  2. Complete the online CTL Application

  3. Provide two completed online recommendation forms. It is the applicant’s responsibility to prompt each person to complete the form.

          1) Teacher or school administrator
Parent or guardian 

If you are requesting financial aid, please read the expectations hereApply for Financial Aid here. 

All completed Applications and Recommendation forms must be submitted by the deadline, May 13, 2019. 

Note: At this time the Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders operates its program on O'ahu. Transportation to O'ahu is not included in the underwritten program costs.

Selection Criteria

We are looking for Hawaii’s future organizational leaders; students who deeply want to make a difference and who exhibit the following qualities:

3. Capacity for excellent communication skills
    a. Expresses opinions clearly and logically
    b. Listens and responds with confidence

4. Good character and integrity
    a. Honest and responsible
    b. Respected by peers and adults

5. A sense of calling to serve humanity
    a. Passionate about making a difference
    b. Articulates a sense of calling a desire to serve others

1. Strong ambition to lead and succeed
   a. Driven and achieves goals
   b. Engaged in school and extra-curricular activities
   c. Demonstrates strong critical thinking skills

2. Eager to take fullest advantage of CTL resources
   a. Teachable
   b. Self-aware and confident without being self-focused
   c. Enthusiastic about growing in the Fellows program

Student Participation Fee: $795

A non-refundable deposit of $295 is due upon acceptance, and two payments of $250 will be due in August and November, respectively.

Financial Assistance

We strongly encourage students to apply regardless of ability to pay the Student Participation Fee. The CTL will provide financial assistance to qualified students with need where possible. However, in partnership with CTL leadership, students will be expected to show diligence, creativity, and leadership in funding their experience. After acceptance into the program, such students will be assigned a coach to develop a personalized funding plan. The plan will likely include the following 3 options:

1. Scholarships

The CTL Scholarship Fund is made possible through the generous donations from community partners and CTL alumni. The fund will be available to qualified students.

2. Payment Plan

The CTL is willing to explore individualized payment plans at the family's request. Note that regardless of whether or not a student requests this option, a non-refundable deposit of $295 is due upon acceptance.

3. Individual Fundraising Efforts

Each Fellow will work with CTL coaches to determine the best course of action. Possible venues for funding include local community clubs, churches, or businesses, The CTL expects the same level of dedication that a student would show in fundraising for a trip or other extracurricular activity. In doing so, Fellows will practice valuable leadership and speaking skills, which will serve as valuable preparation for the program itself.

Special Thanks: The CTL Student participation fee is only part of the full cost of the program.  Special thanks to generous community leaders for underwriting portions of the cost. 

The Investment: The Center for Tomorrow's Leaders makes a significant financial investment in each student. This investment in each student includes Leadership Academy, graduation ceremony, monthly conferences, day-trips, all related transportation, meals and accommodations, as well as books, manuals, the Student Leadership Challenge on-line computer resources, facilities rented, administrative support, and other costs. In addition, speakers and leaders personally contribute their time and expenses, waive speaker fees, and provide hospitality for students. The CTL also contributes the value of staff time and labor.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  How do I apply?
To apply for the CTL Fellows program, you'll need to submit 3 items:

1) CTL Application Form
2) Teacher Recommendation Form
3) Parent/Guardian Recommendation

All forms are found online above.

2 . How does financial aid work?
On the application form, you'll have the option to apply for financial aid.  If you are selected to be a part of the program, the CTL will contact you and your family to determine the best option.  The CTL will consider various options that best fit your particular needs. 

3.  I'm a busy student.  What's the time commitment? 
The CTL Fellows program was designed for busy students.  The bulk of the time commitment is bi-weekly Sunday/Monday afternoon sessions.  Bear in mind that you will also need to work on a community leadership project as part of the program. 

4.  Is there a summer commitment prior to the program start?
There will be 2 advance assignments that will take no more than 5 hours to complete.