For High School Students

Earn college credit, grow as a leader, and improve your community this summer. At the Summer Leadership & Service Summit (LSS) students between their sophomore and junior year or junior and senior year of high school attend a week-long residential institute to study and practice leadership skills and service as a form of community and civic engagement. In a week of hands-on learning, students work under the direction of faculty and staff from Wartburg College’s Institute for Leadership Education.

Participate in team-building activities and hands-on service projects designed to expand and challenge leadership and service skills.

Impact the local community by engaging in service learning opportunities.

Work with a trained college student mentor.

Develop a community service project and implement it in their home communities during their senior year of high school.

Create a portfolio and submit it for review to the Institute for Leadership Education.

Earn 8-12 hours of service toward graduation if applicable.

Questions about the Summer Leadership & Service Summit should be directed to 319-352-8486 or email

Wartburg Campus, Waverly (June 24-30, 2018)

Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled. Space is limited. 

Applicants will be ranked based on the following criteria: 

  • Essay including the following potential:
    • community need
    • service project to be completed during the following school year
    • value of the project for the student and the community
    • number impacted
    • depth of impact
  • sustainability of the project after the student leaves for college
  • High School Transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable)
  • Recommendations from one teacher and one community member

Questions? Email

Costs: $750; early bird $650
Early bird deadline: Feb. 1, 2018
Deadline: April 20, 2018


  • tuition payment for 3.5 hours of college credit (an $1200 value)
  • full room and board on campus for week of institute (over $500 value)
  • travel to and from service learning sites and fun activities (over $100 value)

Earn college credit: 3.5 semester hours of transferable college credit for “Elements of Leadership” course and participants who attend Wartburg are eligible for a scholarship worth $1000 per year for up to four years. Attendance at the full week institute is required.

Service Learning Requirements: If your high school requires service learning to graduate, LSS can satisfy that requirement and allow you to earn college credit at the same time.

LSS HSLI in Castle Room

Participants  and Mentors at their Closing Banquet

Clinton Hall 2016

Housing for LSS Waverly

LSS HSLI students wotking in Waverly community garden

Working in the Community Garden