The California Agricultural Leadership Foundation normally accepts applications each year from early January through the middle of May.
The application process includes three phases:
Phase 1 consists of a PDF form that is available for download from our web page. This form is a brief written application that captures basic information about the applicant and provides our phase 1 screening team with the information to confirm an applicant is qualified to participate in the program.
Phase 2 is an expanded PDF form that captures more information about the background and experiences of the applicant. By completing this application, the candidate is providing information that helps our Screening Committee members better understand how an applicant may both gain and contribute to our leadership program. It is during the phase 2 process that we also ask for employer and spousal support form and references.
Phase 3 is the face-to-face interview conducted by regional Screening Committees. These interviews typically occur in July and would also include a spouse or partner. Committee members contact references before the interviews. The face-to-face sessions are an opportunity for committee members to better understand a candidate’s interest in the program, motivation for seeking the program and the potential for growth if admitted to the program.
The results of the regional Screening Committee interviews are used by the final Selection Committee to select a class. Consideration is given to industry segment, maturity, commitment to personal development and other factors in selecting the members of a class. The Foundation announces who has been selected for the program in early fall.