Transformational Leadership Academy

About the Transformational Leadership Academy

The Transformational Leadership Academy (TLA) program hosted by Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a FREE five-night summer residential experience for 35 current high school sophomores and juniors. The TLA program allows students and their families to experience first-hand collegiate life at A&M-San Antonio through hands-on activities. Students will have a chance to sit in on leadership and entrepreneurship classes, where they will study real-life scenarios and business practices. The program's culmination includes students delivering a business pitch that local business partners will judge. Overall, the program exposes students and their families to a collegiate environment and increases their college knowledge as they prepare to begin their college application process.

Application Timeline: 

Applications are Closed at this time. Please check back in January 2025

Why Attend?

By participating in the Transformational Leadership Academy (TLA), you will have an opportunity to Experience living in a university dorm room for six days. Attend the Introduction to Leadership and Entrepreneurship class, where you will study real-life scenarios and business practices. Attend social events on campus organized by current Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Learn about the college application process


Who is eligible to participate in the program?

  1. Current high school sophomores and juniors interested in going to a college or university after high school
  2. Minimum high school GPA of 2.75


Applying to TLA is a two-step process. You will need to complete some information about yourself and your school and answer two essay questions. Be prepared to answer the following two questions

1) Tell us about a leadership role you have held, what skills you learned from the experience, and how you will apply those skills as a participant in the Transformational Leadership Academy. Remember that leadership roles can happen in class, through extracurricular activities, at home, or within the community—100 words minimum, 150 words maximum.

2) What are your long-term goals? How do you think participation in the Transformational Leadership Academy will help you achieve them? 125-word minimum, 250 words maximum.

The second step is a video interview question. Students will be notified by email that they must record a 2-3 minute video answering an interview question. From those, we will select the 35 TLA participants.

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