Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership and Change

How to Apply

Application Requirements

Students must be rising high school juniors or seniors in order to apply. Applicants should be successfully pursuing a rigorous high school curriculum as demonstrated by their transcripts.

Application Procedures

Interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be invited on a rolling basis and accepted until the program is full. Space is still available, so apply soon.

A complete application consists of:

  • 1. Application Form - available in pdf format HERE.
  • 2. Resume of student involvement in activities and awards & honors
  • 3. Essay (see the Application Form linked above for the Essay topic)
  • 4. Current Official School Transcript with cumulative GPA
  • 5. 2 Letters of Recommendation (one must be from a teacher) - cover forms are available in pdf format HERE
  • 6. $50 Check made payable to the University of Florida, note "CEI - YELC" in the memo area
  • The resume and essay should be typed on 8 1/2" x 11" paper and applicant's name and date of birth must appear on the upper right-hand corner of each page. We prefer that you submit all materials together in one packet with letters of recommendation placed in sign-sealed envelopes, however it is also acceptable for letters of recommendation to be mailed separately.

    Submit all application materials to:
    2209 NW 13th Street, Suite E
    Gainesville, FL 32609
    Attention: Gail Watkins (for YELC)

    We do have a limited number of scholarships available for students based on both merit and need. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact Dr. Joos (below) to request a scholarship application.

    Please direct all questions and inquires to:
    Dr. Kristin Joos