June 20 – 23, 2020

Morgantown, IN


Applications are due March 8, 2020.

Applications Closed


There is no cost to attend the Academy.

About Academy

The recurring theme in business is speed; faster communication, faster transactions, and being faster than one’s competitors. With the expectations in this hot economy for newcomers to hit the ground running, how does one learn the fundamentals of leadership while keeping pace with the speed of change in technology and in the workplace? Where do personal values, teamwork, and an awareness of self fit in this technology-driven world? The Academy was created to provide participants with a solid grounding in self-awareness, skills for leading (and contributing), teamwork, and a new perspective on change and systems thinking.

Being successful in business takes hard work. It also takes a strong personal values system upon which one consistently acts. Learning how to be successful requires the same. Participants will learn how to become a more positive force in their organization and profession… a leader who makes a visible difference.

2019 Academy Fellows

Morgan Beaver, Case Westerena, Omicron Chi
Jeremy Bedient, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Chi Zeta
M. Calvin Bond, Lousiana State University, Beta Chi
LaNija Bryant, University of North Texas, Chi Omega
Xingyi Chen, University of Connecticut, Psi Rho
Brittany Collis, Tennessee Tech University, Zeta Upsilon
Hannah Ehmcke, Kansas University, Psi 
Emily Farruggia, University of Toledo, Gamma Eta
Todd Gaetke, Fort Hays State University, Zeta Pi
Bethany Good, University of Wyoming, Beta Nu
Abigail Kleczinski, University of Kentucky, Omicron Psi
Nicole Lane, Marshall University, Zeta Rho
Jakub K. Lawicki, Queen Mary University of London, Chi Eta
Natazia Quinones, University of Florida, Alpha Phi
Sarang Rastogi, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology , Chi Phi
Taylor Roberson, University of Alabama, Alpha Rho
Anmol Sandhu, University of California – Monterey Bay, Chi Kappa
XinCheng Shan, University of Texas at Dallas, Mu Rho
Kaisa Siipola, Eastern Washington University, Eta Phi
Jack Straka, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Zeta

Additional Information

What is the Academy?

The Academy is an all-expenses paid fellowship to a custom designed, hands-on, leadership experience designed to make even the best of Alpha Kappa Psi more impactful, values-based leaders.

Where is it held?

Held at the Waycross Conference and Retreat Center, The Academy takes advantage of the tranquil setting of 410 acres of woods, hills and streams, allowing the participants to get away from the everyday distractions of life… making the program both productive and comfortable.

How is the Academy different from other AKPsi experiences?

The Academy is like no other Alpha Kappa Psi educational experience. It is an intimate, hands-on, challenging learning experience for the most committed Alpha Kappa Psi members. It is a unique program designed especially for those who demonstrate qualities of future business leaders. With an attendance cap of 20 in a remote location, a highly interactive experience is guaranteed. Through the generous support of Alpha Kappa Psi alumni and friends, the AKPsi Foundation provides an educational grant covering all expenses for those attending the three-day experience.

What should I expect?

  • An opportunity for active learners to share ideas, explore issues and offer insights to others.
  • An integrated curriculum in which diverse teaching techniques will meet the needs and styles of all participants.
  • An interactive experience in which each participant is not only a learner but also a teacher.
  • An alcohol and drug-free experience.

The Academy focuses on the concepts, skills, and values which leaders need to be effective in their role as principled business leaders. The program centers primarily on the individual rather than the organization. Interactive large group sessions are complemented by small group discussions led by Alpha Kappa Psi alumni and successful business leaders.

Academy participants will:

  • Clarify personal values and understand how to act with integrity
  • Understand leadership styles, strengths, and areas of development
  • Build an awareness of the influence of assumptions and bias in leadership
  • Understand the change process
  • Work in a team to apply knowledge
  • Reflect on experience and develop personal action steps
  • Strengthen relationships with other members

Who is eligible?

Students must have a 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher (on a 4.00 scale) to apply. No minimum time of membership is required, and acceptance as a program participant is contingent on full initiation prior to Academy dates.

Preference will be given to applicants who have at least one full year of student membership in AKPsi to complete after the 2020 Academy dates  but any current pledge or student member in good standing as of the application deadline may apply.

What is the cost to participate?

There is no cost to attend the Academy. The Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation will pay for tuition, airfare (airfare not to exceed lowest coach airfare from participant chapter location to Indianapolis), ground transportation, lodging, meals and supplies.

2018 Academy Highlights

With a registration cap of 20 student members, the Academy is an intimate, hands-on, challenging learning experience. This highly interactive three-day program is funded by the generous support of Alpha Kappa Psi alumni and friends, through The AKPsi Foundation.

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