NOTE: We recommend that you save your work in Microsoft Word and cut and paste any essay answers to this application to avoid the loss of any work. Here is an application worksheet for your convenience.

At the very end of the application, there are three boxes that must be checked before you submit your application:

  1. Tuition commitment

  2. Participant responsibilities

  3. Photo and image release

If you do not receive an email telling you your application was successful, please email right away.

We are no longer accepting applications for the Class of 2020-21.  If you have questions, please contact Rob Schultz:

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Section 1: Personal Information

Section 2: Current Employment

Section 3: Education

Section 4: Short Essays

Section 5: References

Applications will be considered complete once we receive your online application as well as two reference letters.

Please have these two letters of recommendation sent directly to: Leadership Upper Valley, Vital Communities, 195 North Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05001 or emailed to


In order for your application to be considered, these three boxes MUST be checked:


Rob Schultz

Leadership Upper Valley Manager, Director of Development

Leadership UV

 802-291-9100 x102

Leadership UV

— Rob Schultz, Leadership Upper Valley Manager, Director of Development

Rob Schultz is the Leadership Upper Valley Manager and Director of Development at Vital Communities. Most recently, he served as Area Coordinator for Granite United Way in the Upper Valley Region. Rob was Executive Director of COVER Home Repair in White River Junction for 9 years. Before working at COVER, Rob was Executive Director for the Farm & Wilderness Foundation for 8 years; helped start a corporate training center for PT Timah in Sumatra Indonesia; and ran programs for Outward Bound in Minnesota, Texas, and New Mexico. He is a graduate of Earlham College and has done graduate work at University of Maryland in International Political Economy. He lives in Hanover with his partner Diane. He sings with Thetford Chamber Singers and is an avid carpenter, cellist, wilderness traveler, and gardener.