University of Maryland Extension

New: See the new printable brochure for the next class, LEAD Class XII (2021-22). Find the brochure here. Applications due October 1, 2020.

About the Program:

The LEAD Maryland Fellowship Program increases the numbers and capacity of leaders serving agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.

The LEAD Program awards a two-year fellowship to selected participants, creating classes of 20-25 emerging leaders.  The LEAD Fellowship curriculum focuses on providing public issues education, skills building, leadership development, and personal growth.

Through program participation, Fellows become more equipped to solve problems, identify resources, engage and educate others, lead communities, and to shape public policy.

The LEAD Maryland Fellowship Program is provided through a collaborative effort.  The LEAD Maryland Foundation and the University of Maryland Extension and many other organizations, businesses, and individuals work to plan, implement, evaluate, and fund the Fellowship Program and its activities. Fellows also pay a participation fee. Thank you to all LEAD Program partners, funders, participants, and volunteers.

The University of Maryland Extension designated the LEAD Maryland Fellowship Program as an Extension Signature Program in 2019. 

What once began as an idea of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, has become a network of leadership programs around the nation and at international locations as well.  See this link to a W.K. Kellogg Foundation brochure from the early years of LEAD Maryland (2000).

Below are images from Class X seminars. Images credit: Remsberg, Inc.



Make A Donation

Donate here through LEAD's PayPal online account. (You do not need your own PayPal account to use LEAD's.) The link takes you to the "Make a Donation or Payment," the same as the tab above. Look for the yellow donation button.

Need help in working a LEAD donation into your giving budget?  You may set up your donation to make reoccurring donations throughout the year at a level that works for you.

LEAD Maryland Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity, all donations are tax deductible.

Thank you to the many individuals, businesses, and organizations for funding the LEAD Maryland Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit. 

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