IWU Welcomes Back HOBY Student Leaders
June 13, 2019
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Approximately 140 high school student leaders from across Central
and Southern Illinois this year will converge on the Illinois Wesleyan University
campus to participate in the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar June 13-16.
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.
The student will be participating in a service project in which they will be packing
food at Midwest Food Bank. Following that, they will participate in a Hunger Banquet
to help them understand food insecurity. Each student will be tasked with completing
100 hours of service in the year following their experience.
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
Katie Fata '22