Rising Leaders Institute

Each July, TCU hosts a free, three-day institute for high school juniors in surrounding high schools. You will work with other students to explore your talents and strengths to identify your leadership potential that will help prepare you for life after high school. Experienced college faculty and staff will teach you the strategies and skills necessary to communicate your potential to others. You will discover things about yourself and your leadership ability that you can continue to develop throughout your time in high school and college. You will come for the skills and leave with a new network of friends and professionals to help you be successful in your future goals.

2019 Rising Leaders Institute Information

Dates: July 17-19, 2019
Location: TCU’s Campus
Cost: Free
Application Deadline: March 29, 2019


-Be a high school rising senior during summer 2019 (currently a junior).
-Submit a completed application by the deadline.


The 2019 Rising Leaders Institute application is available through March 29.  Students will be notified of their acceptance by April 12.  As part of the application process, students must complete the application and submit an essay.



The 2019 Institute will be hosted on TCU’s campus July 17-19.  Students will be required to stay on campus for the duration of the program. All meals and linens will be provided. During the three-day institute, students will participate in educational sessions lead by professional staff at TCU, learn about the college application process, gain leadership skills and participate in fun activities. Please note that all events and activities, including the time students spend in the residence halls, will be supervised.

Meet our Directors

An important piece of Rising Leaders is the TCU student leaders that help with every aspect of the institute.  This year, Robert and DeMicheal are the Rising Leader Directors. They will lead a team of student leaders to help implement the 2019 Rising Leaders Institute this summer.

Robert G.
Youth Advocacy Major, TCU Class of 2021

Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, my family moved to the United States in 2014 and now Keller, Texas is home. I am the Polemarch (president) of the Kappa Epsilon chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity incorporated. I am also the Vice President of the African Students Org, the Treasurer of the National Panhellenic Council, Rising Leaders director, Summer 2019 HOL and Fall 2019 CNX mentor. I am passionate about under served and minority youth and hope to be a Chancellor someday.


DeMicheal R.
Economics Major & Business Minor, TCU Class of 2020

I have served as a youth sports coach, teaching with Alpha Academy, Frog Camp Facilitator, and currently serve as the President for the Eta Psi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.  I was fortunate to be an advocate last year for Rising Leaders and as soon as the opportunity to serve as a Director was shared with me, I knew this is what I wanted to do and focus on this summer. I am excited and look forward to helping high school students find and take the next steps in life.


  1. Students will identify their unique qualities and strengths in order to develop a personal statement.
  2. Students will understand and identify their own personal values and how to translate those into action.
  3. Students will learn how to effectively communicate their stories in order to promote themselves as leaders.


For additional information, please contact Trung Nguyen, Assistant Dean, Student Development at trung.nguyen@tcu.edu.