Credit & Scholarships

On this page, you'll find information regarding college credit and available scholarships for the Sustainable Leadership Academy. For any additional questions, please email Kelly Henderson.

SLA for Credit

For an additional fee, the SLA can be taken for 3 college credits. The course title is “SUS 125: Leadership in Sustainability” and is taught by SLA Director and Adjunct Faculty, Kelly Henderson. This for-credit version of the program follows the same schedule listed with the addition of the following:

  • Online pre-program readings and coursework (totaling about 15-20 hours) that can be completed on Moodle up to a month before the residential program begins
  • Daily reflective journal assignments during the residential program
  • Leadership Development Plan, project planning documents and final project presentation will be evaluated for grades 

Scholarships are occasionally available for the credit cost as funding is available. See the “Scholarships” section below for more information. Full syllabus available for review upon request. 


We give out partial and full scholarships to students based on two criteria:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Participant identifies as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, multiracial or another person of color
Scholarships can go toward program fees, taking the program for college credit, and the SLA 2 program extension for second-year participants.

To apply for a scholarship, we require the following materials to be emailed to with the subject line "SLA Scholarship Application":

  • First two pages of most recent Federal Tax Return
  • Essay explaining student's interest in attending the SLA and why student should be considered for the scholarship (2 pages max)
  • Letter of recommendation from high school guidance counselor (optional but suggested)

Please specify in your email if you are interested in a scholarship for the program fees alone, or if you are also interested in a scholarship to take the program for 3 college credits if funding is available. Please note that advance online work and on-site work, on top of the standard SLA program, is required for the credit version of the program.

Scholarship deadlines are: 

  • December 8, 2021—Early Bird (open only to students in public schools and approved public charter schools)
  • March 31, 2022—Early Bird Round 2 (open only to students in public schools and approved public charter schools)
  • June 1, 2022—General (open to all applicants)

Please note that Early Bird scholarship applicants have a greater chance of receiving funding. 

Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to get their applications in as early as possible, especially after April 1.

Submit Scholarship Application