IWU Welcomes HOBY Student Leaders, Introduces Scholarship
June 8, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Approximately 160 high school student leaders will converge on
the Illinois Wesleyan University campus to participate in the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar June 14-17.
In conjunction with hosting the annual seminar for students in the Illinois Central
South region (ILCS), the University is also introducing a $1,000 scholarship – available
beginning in the fall of 2019 – for HOBY alumni.
Founded in 1958 by the late Hugh O’Brian, HOBY is an international organization that
instills leadership skills and community awareness in over 10,000 high school students
annually. One of the organization’s annual events includes a three-day seminar, in
which rising juniors will explore personal leadership, group leadership, and ultimately,
These top civic-minded students – many of whom received nominations from their teachers
and administrators – will pay a visit to IWU as participants in the seminar. The students
are challenged to use their leadership qualities to give back to their local communities
upon completion of the seminar, which resulted in over 2,500 logged service hours
from ILCS students last year.
In addition to hosting the seminar, Illinois Wesleyan will offer a $1,000 scholarship
to any HOBY alumni who applies, is accepted, and attends IWU starting in the fall
of 2019. Students must list HOBY on their applications for admission in either the
activities section or in the personal statement to be considered.
By extending support for these young leaders, Illinois Wesleyan will give even more
students the opportunity to put their skills from HOBY into action as student leaders
on the University campus.
For additional information, please contact Admissions Counselor Kasey Evans: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Rachel McCarthy ’21