Due to concerns related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2020 Summer Leadership & Service Summit has been canceled. Please look for details in the coming year about the 2021 summit.

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.

Earn 3.5 semester hours of transferable college credit for “Elements of Leadership" course.

Participants who attend Wartburg earn a $1000 scholarship per year for up to four years. Attendance at the full week institute is required.

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.

Develop a community service project and implement it in their home communities the following school year.

If your high school requires service learning to graduate, LSS can satisfy 8-12 hours of that requirement and allow you to earn college credit at the same time.

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

Work with a trained college student mentor.

Questions about the Summer Leadership & Service Summit should be directed to 319-352-8486 or email lss@wartburg.edu.

June 21-27, 2020

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

Cost: $750; early bird $650
Early-bird Deadline: April 1
Deadline: May 1


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

Click the button below to complete your deposit OR pay the entire fee with a credit card. Any remaining balance should be paid by May 31 with a check or credit card. Please mail any checks to: Ashley Lang, Wartburg College, 100 Wartburg Blvd., Waverly, IA 50677.

Submit forms via mail to the address listed or email to lss@wartburg.edu.

Leadership & Service Summit 2018

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

LSS 2018 - Starting a Business

Learning How to Start a Business

LSS 2018 - Classroom Activities

Classroom Activities

LSS 2018 - Service Activities

Community Service Activities