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Hearin Leadership Program hosts conference for high school students


Special to The Dispatch



Mississippi University for Women''s Hearin Leadership Program will host its ninth annual Hearin High School Leadership Conference on the weekend of Jan. 29, 2010. 


The conference is MUW''s largest recruitment event, with the purpose of introducing the Hearin Leadership Program to high school seniors from all over the world.  


This year''s theme is Leadership Thru Time. The 100 accepted applicants will attend team-building workshops and have the opportunity to interview with MUW faculty, staff and student leaders for scholarships up to $10,000 for four years.  


If awarded a scholarship and accepted into the program, each scholar is required to be involved in at least one campus/student organization, participate in monthly organizational events, log 30 hours community service and enroll in a leadership class each year. The program has approximately 135 active MUW students. 


Jenna McMurphy of Grenada is a junior at MUW majoring in speech-language pathology and is an active Hearin member.  


"The Hearin Program made me realize that a leader comes in many shapes and forms, and there is no cookie cutter leader mold that I have to fit into. I am constantly challenged to step out of my comfort zone and try new things," she said. 


Applicants eligible to participate in the conference must be high school seniors involved in school and community activities, have an overall GPA of 2.5 and a minimum ACT score of 18. In addition, students must provide a recommendation from a guidance counselor or school representative, provide a resume that demonstrates leadership ability as well as submit a completed Hearin High School Leadership Conference application by Jan. 18, 2010.  


MUW established the Hearin Leadership Program through a grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation.  


For more information about the conference, please visit



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