Apply: Spring 2020
The Centurions Leadership Program is open to anyone whose employer is a member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Applicants are selected on the basis of a written application, recommendations, and personal interviews. The program selects a group of men and women from diverse backgrounds, both personally and professionally, each with strong potential as a future community leader.
An annual tuition, which covers the orientation retreat, incidental meeting expenses and task force expenses will be required before the start of Retreat and may be paid by the individual, his or her employer, or a sponsoring organization. Limited scholarships based on financial need are available. A company may have a participant represented in the spring and fall program, but not more than one in each program.
If you would like more information about the Centurions program, email Lindsay Jarquio.
The Spring 2020 Application will be due by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020.
Please use this document as a guide to prepare for answering application questions.
Before starting the application, you and your CEO/Highest Ranking Local Officer must print and sign this Commitment Page. You will need to upload this document at the end of your application.
Before You Begin
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Spring 2020 Application
Upon completion of your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. All applicants will be notified of their status by March 6, 2020. The $75 application fee can be paid online or by check to the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. To pay online, please request instructions on how to pay from Lindsay Jarquio.
Annual tuition for the two-year program is as follows:
- Organization with more than 250 employees - $3,500/year
- Organization with fewer than 250 employees - $2,500/year
The tuition payment covers the orientation retreat, incidental meeting expenses, and task force expenses. Tuition is paid at the beginning of each year and is due no later than the start of the Centurions' Annual Retreat and is non-refundable.
All Centurions have the option of participating in the annual benchmarking trip, which serves as the May Task Force (fall) and October Task Force (spring) and is not mandatory. An additional fee of approximately $1,300 will be required to attend. Participants who will not be attending are not required to pay this fee. Anyone who notifies the KC Chamber that they are unable to attend by the date that is communicated in advance will be refunded the fee.
Centurions Leadership Program is committed to assisting participants who need financial assistance to pay program tuition. Three types of scholarships are available:
A General Scholarship is available to participants based on a variety of factors including but not limited to: financial need, adding diversity to the program, or the nature of the organization employing the candidate. The number of scholarships and amounts awarded vary by year.
The Alumni Foundation Scholarship is available to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Up to two scholarships are awarded annually for both spring and fall classes.
A Women's Scholarship for the Centurions Leadership Program is available and funded by the Executive Women’s Leadership Council (EWLC). The EWLC scholarship, once awarded, will carry over and be applied to the second year tuition for each recipient.
All scholarships are limited to 50 percent of tuition for the two year program.
Frequently Asked Questions
The application, a $75 application fee, and one letter of recommendation is due on February 1 for the Spring start.
Annual tuition for the two-year program is as follows:
- Organization with more than 250 employees - $3,500
- Organization with fewer than 250 employees - $2,500
An optional charge of approximately $1,300 will be assessed to all incoming and active Centurions for their participation in the annual benchmarking trip.
One letter is required, but up to three letters of recommendation can be submitted. Applicants may wish to solicit more than one letter in case one or more do not arrive in time to meet the application deadline.
Letters should come from individuals who know you well and can vouch for your ability to learn, serve, and lead. Supervisors, chief executives, board members, volunteer coordinators, fellow volunteers, professional contacts, clients, and family friends are all potential references.
Letters may accompany the application when you submit it online, or you may request that your references submit their letters separately. In this case, letters should be mailed to:
Centurions Leadership Program
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
30 W. Pershing Road, Suite 301
Kansas City, MO 64108
or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As they enter the program, Centurions have varying levels of community involvement. Some have already served on nonprofit boards, while others are just beginning to explore how they can best make an impact. If you are looking for ways to get involved, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Nonprofit Connect are great resources.
Unfortunately, much of our scholarship funding comes from application fees. We are unable to determine how to distribute those funds until we have reviewed all applications.
Chamber staff will be happy to assist you in determining your company's membership status. Please e-mail Lindsay Jarquio, or feel free to search our online member directory.
Membership dues vary based on a company's size and other factors. Please check out our membership form and contact the Chamber at (816) 221-2424 to speak with a member development representative.