Nominations Now Being Accepted by Mount Holyoke College'S Take the Lead Program

For Immediate Release

Make a Difference: Nominate an Outstanding High School Student through March 30

South Hadley, Mass.--Between now and March 30, Mount Holyoke College is accepting nominations for Take the Lead, the College's leadership program for idealistic, action-oriented young women who want to make a positive difference in the world. Last year, the program attracted a diverse group of 32 high school students from across the country who attended workshops and activities on building leadership skills. This year, forty participants will be chosen for the program, which will be held October 11-14 at the women's college in South Hadley, Mass.

Explains the program's director Patricia VandenBerg, "We're looking for spirited, bright young women who want to tackle an issue in their school or community. This program, now in its second year, is about turning ideas into action. We welcome nominations from adult mentors who know sophomores in high school who would benefit from Take the Lead."

Community leaders, teachers, guidance counselors, principals and headmasters as well as other adult mentors may nominate up to three high school sophomores for Take the Lead. Each nominee will receive a letter from Mount Holyoke President Joanne V. Creighton inviting her to apply to the program. Nomination forms may be received by calling 413-538-2899. They may also be submitted electronically at

Last year the competitive program attracted applicants from around the country. Participants were selected by a Mount Holyoke College review committee who evaluated students on the basis of their potential for leadership and making a difference, as demonstrated by their academic, extracurricular, and community involvement as well as their insight and motivation.

Widely recognized for educating generations of women leaders, Mount Holyoke College is the nation's oldest institution of higher education for women. Take the Lead continues the institution's proud tradition of leadership. Learn more about the program at