UME’s LEAD is Accepting Applications Until Oct. 1

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The University of Maryland Extension‘s (UME) LEAD Program is accepting applications for Class XI (2019-2020).


UME is seeking 20-25 individuals with careers, service, or interests in:

  • Production agriculture—rural, suburban,
    or urban agriculture
  • Natural resources, forestry, aquaculture,
    other natural resource-based industries
  • The environment and conservation
  • Food: processing, sourcing, distribution,
    marketing, safety, service, and retail
  • Rural communities, services, and rural
  • Business, communications, education,
    government, science, technology, finance,
    nonprofits, land use, and others within or
    serving agriculture, natural resources,
    and rural communities


The program awards a two-year fellowship to selected participants with the aim of providing public issues education, skills building, leadership development, and personal growth.


The program runs from January 2019 – December 2020.

UME is accepting applications until October 1, 2018.


Classes take place all over the state and in other TBD locations.


Complete Program Information

LEAD Maryland Foundation, Inc. Class XI (2019-2020) Calendar

Class XI Application Form

Statement of Understanding and Code of Ethics

Reference Form

Seeking Fellowship Applicants Brochure