Leadership Development Funds

The Tom Rocklin Fund for Leadership Development is intended to help promising student leaders fund meaningful summer leadership experiences or activities to enhance their undergraduate careers and skills at Iowa.

Two (2) awards of $500 will be available for summer to fund the summer activity/experience of the selected applicant’s choice. Students from all backgrounds and majors are encouraged to apply. Summer leadership experience proposals may vary considerably, but should relate to the enhancement of the student’s leadership skills. We invite creative and original proposals. Possibilities for funding include (but are not limited to) funding for:


  • Currently in your first, second, or third year at the University of Iowa
  • Current enrollment in twelve (12) or more credit hours
  • 3.2 or higher GPA

Application Procedure

Please submit the following online application by Tuesday, April 30th 2019 by 5:00 pm: http://bit.ly/rocklinfunds 

The online application will ask for the following:

  • Contact and academic information
  • Resume
  • The names and contact information of two references 
  • An essay that details your proposed summer leadership experience and explains how it will support your future goals and will enhance your leadership ability
  • The estimated budget for your leadership experience
  • A brief statement that explain how you plan to bring this leadership experience back to the campus

Applicants will be notified in May 2019. If selected to receive an award to attend the leadership activity of your choice, there will be a requirement of meeting with a staff member upon return which will be discussed with the selected students.