Leadership Fayette County

"Preparing tomorrow’s leaders today"

A program for selected Fayette County high school juniors to promote essential leadership qualities while providing first hand experiences in the business, government, and tourism sectors of Fayette County, West Virginia.

Each year, more than twelve students are selected by application and interview to participate in the ten session program throughout their 11th grade school year. Programming is geared to provide Fayette County youth with the information and tools needed to enable them to make the choice to return to Fayette County to live, learn, work and play upon completion of their higher education. Those who successfully complete the curriculum are awarded a $1000 college scholarship to the school/training of their choice.

Sessions include prominent, powerful and motivational speakers, including (but not limited to):

  • Carole Scheerbaum, WVU Extension, SimSoc (Simulated Society) program
  • Patrick Ford, Executive Director at Business Development Corporation, in the Northern Panhandle of WV
  • Circuit Court Judge, Honorable John W Hatcher, Jr.
  • Lynn B. Pollard, managing partner at Hamilton, Burgess, Young, Pollard, PLLC
  • Alecia Sirk Ford, Media Director for the Top of West Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureau

In 2011 the program expanded to offer select sessions to all students who completed the application and interview process. In 2013 LFC received national recognition from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and is honored by Harvard as a “Bright Idea.” Bright Ideas is an initiative that recognizes creative and promising government programs and partnerships   (click here for more info about Bright Ideas). In 2014 the college scholarship increased to $1000 for each program graduate.

Scholarships are made possible by donations through the 501c3 Fayette County Education Fund, Inc.

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