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December 11, 2022

The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) expresses our deepest condolences to the family of Frances Hesselbein on her passing today at the age of 107. Frances was a trailblazer, author, editor, and gifted leader. She served as chief executive officer for the Girl Scouts of the USA for 13 years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998 for her strong leadership of the Girl Scouts. Frances is also the recipient of 22 honorary degrees.

MCEC is particularly grateful to Frances for her unwavering support of leadership for military-connected high school students. The Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program, at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy, has trained and developed hundreds of military-connected student leaders for more than 15 years. Established by Military Child Education Coalition in 2006, the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program (FHSLP) offers an intensive experience for selected students to enrich their leadership and team-building skills. The week-long, experience builds skills through personal and small group settings. Students gain confidence, competence, and commitment to their leadership to build their local Student 2 Student (S2S) programs.

“Frances led an extraordinary life and we at MCEC, along with the military students and families we serve, were blessed to be associated with her these many years,” said MCEC President and CEO Rebecca Porter, Ph.D. “The students who were selected for the FHSLP loved spending time with Frances, either in person or remotely, whenever they could. She is truly a national treasure.”

Frances Hesselbein stands on the steps of West Point with S2S students attending leadership program.

Mission:

The mission of the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program (FHSLP) is to grow and sustain the Student 2 Student® (S2S™) Program on the local campus. Established by Military Child Education Coalition in 2006, the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program offers an intensive experience for selected students to enrich their leadership and team-building skills.

The week-long, intensive experience builds skills through personal and small group settings. Students gain confidence, competence, and commitment to their leadership to build their local S2S program. 

Students also have an opportunity to share their program challenges and successes with other peers to gain a new insight on improvement. Distinguished guests provide insights to overcoming challenges and to building personal character.

Learn more about the Fall West Point Experience. 
Learn more about the Spring Air Force Experience.

Program Qualifications:

  • Active in S2S
  • Sophomore or Junior
  • Complete the application
  • Good academic standing
The Official MCEC Application is available through your S2S Sponsor. View tips on applying!

2022 Fall Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program™ Class

2022 Spring FHSLP Winners

Congratulations to the MCEC Student 2 Student Program leaders on their selection to attend the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY!
 

 

Student Testimonials

The Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership program will make a difference in my S2S program at home and in how I interact with others daily. This helped me focus on becoming a strong individual and helping others around me. I greatly appreciate this opportunity to go to this and be able to make a bigger impact. — Brayden H., Widefield High School, CO

Attending the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program made me a better leader, communicator, and person. The skills I acquired are invaluable and applicable not just to being a leader, but dealing with everyday life. I'm extremely grateful to have had this experience, and I'm already applying some of the things I learned from the program. I truly feel like I am a much better leader after attending the FHSLP. — Josclyn E., Oak Harbor High School, WA

The Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program helped me assess my current traits and improve them while also allowing me to obtain new skills. I learned that the greatest leaders are first and foremost human beings, and I feel that I have walked away from this experience with immense growth in my state of mind and understanding. Leadership takes courage, responsibility, an open perspective, and the ability to overcome situations that may not be ideal, but all in a unique style that best suits the individual. — Amira T., King George High School, VA

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