The Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program was established by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) in 2006 to identify exemplary young people through their participation in the MCEC Student 2 Student (S2S) program. The program was named for Mrs. Frances Hesselbein, in recognition of her dedication to the development of children and youth.  Mrs. Hesselbein is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Leader to Leader Institute and the former CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. She was awarded  the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States highest civilian honor, in 1998.

Under the direction of the MCEC, and following the inspiration and guidance of Mrs. Hesselbein, this bi-annual one-week training program is offered at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The program delivers intensive training, interaction with positive role models, and practical applications which benefit participants in their studies and throughout their lifetime. Full Tuition includes transportation, lodging, meals, program materials and supplies.

The Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program objectives are focused on the following major areas:  team building, leadership development, to include goal setting, and motivational workshops; resilience, life span human development, character development, community involvement and leaders in action.

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

Program Qualifications:

Students must:

  • Be active in S2S.
  • Be a Sophomore or Junior.
  • Not have had a member from your S2S attend the previous semester’s program.
  • Complete the application.
  • Have a sponsor recommendation.

The Official MCEC Application is available through your S2S Sponsor.

You can view tips on applying here!



What Students Have to Say

“At first my initial mindset of a leader was to be able to use everybody’s skills to the best of their abilities. But now I understand it’s about making them believe they can be the best they can be as well.” - Freddie H., Shoemaker High School, TX

“One thing that surprised me the most was when we were comparing our answers on the personality test in class. I realized that everyone of us had different traits and characteristics about them... but they all were amazing leaders. It showed me that everyone can be a leader in their own way.”Aubrey T., Falcon High School, CO

“This was one of the best experiences of my life, and I am truly a different person because of it.” - Camden S., Swansboro High School, NC


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