Lankan student leaders to attend Leadership Summit

At Harvard University, USA


The Sri Lankan delegates selected so far to attend the Leadership Summits in USA this July: Colombo International School - Nathan Nicholas, Bishops College, Colombo - Ameena Mustapha & Aneesah Fowzie,  Musaeus College, Colombo - Denethi Wijegunawardana (Head Girl), Asian International School - Laila Esufally, Harshitha Narayana & Sahan Karunarathne, Ladies College, Colombo - Arthi Yogaraj, Methodist College - Jessica Mahendran, British School in Colombo -Ashton Godfrey, Elizabeth Moir School - Senitha Wanigasinghe.

This year, many Sri Lankan student leaders from leading schools have shown keen interest to attend the annual "Leadership Summits" at prestigious American Ivy League Universities.

The majority of them have opted for Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, Stanford University in Palo Alto California and University of Chicago in Illinois. 

Already 15 delegates have been selected and interviews are in progress.  Delegates are selected on the recommendation of their parents or Head of School. Thereafter, a competitive interview process is held to ascertain their command of English and career interests. Every delegate is sponsored by their parents. Most of these students are children of Sri Lanka’s corporate, business and political leaders preparing to take the world into the next generation.

There are 300 delegates from over 30 countries at each of these one-week programs. Students from outside USA represent 35% of the summit.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for promising teen leaders between the ages of 16 and 19 fluent in the English language.  ( 

At the leadership Summits, the delegates gain a first-hand experience of living at a prestigious American University where they prepare for university life and career and also to interact with similar age students from around the world. This experience will enhance their university admissions resume and give preference for admission and scholarships to most universities in USA. Harvard, Stanford and Chicago University campuses provide the perfect location for students to develop leadership skills, prepare for university admissions and to build their communication and presentation skills.

"Last year Harvard University received 34,303 Applications from around the world for undergraduate studies for 2016 intake. Only 2,076 were selected. Of them some 400 were delegates who had attended our Leadership Summits.

"Success in the classroom may not be enough to get into your first choice university in USA, UK or Australia. Admission rates at top Universities in USA are as low as 1 in every 16 applicants. More than 80% of those students who attend our Leadership Summits gain acceptance to their First Choice College in USA" said Rochelle Melder, the Chief Student Counsellor of Presidential Classroom Sri Lanka, local representative of, The Leadership Summit Organizers, The Dwight Eisenhower Foundation Inc USA, initiated in 1956 by late American President Dwight Eisenhower.

 The Leadership Summit delegates will be taking part in unique service projects across the United States while gaining experience and confidence. They get a heads up in the most competitive career paths through programs focused in fields such as Business & Entrepreneurship, Medicine & Health Care, International Diplomacy, Community Leadership, and Technology.  Past summits enjoyed personal advice and insights from speakers including: former US Secretaries of State, Hilary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and General Colin Powell, Director Spike Lee; NFL champions Eli and Peyton Manning, Bill Bradley, Mary Eisenhower and many other outstanding world leaders. 

Wisconsin in USA, Sydney, Melbourne, Griffith and East Sydney in Australia and Oxford, Nottingham, Warrick, Leeds, Cambridge, Sheffield, Kings, LSE and Sussex in United Kingdom. After graduation many have taken up key responsibilities in their chosen careers in Sri Lanka and across the globe, to make a better world. (Email for applications)

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