Who Should Apply

Each year, Leadership Seacoast strives to recruit a diverse group of existing and aspiring community leaders from all sectors of the region. The greater the variety of experience, skills, professions, ages, interests and geographical perspectives, the richer the experience for all participants.

Whether you are a seasoned professional looking to deepen your understanding of the region, a young professional looking to build your network and explore the issues and resources available on the Seacoast, or a mid-career professional hoping to re-energize your work and your involvement in your community, you should consider applying to Leadership Seacoast.

Application procedure

Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than November 1st. We are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back in the summer and email director@leadershipseacoast.org to be added to the Leadership Seacoast mailing list.

Selection Process

Selection Process: All applications are reviewed by the Leadership Seacoast selection committee. We respect and value the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We also believe that bringing diverse individuals together allows us to collectively and more effectively impact the communities of the Seacoast. Participants will be chosen on a merit basis by the committee. Selection for participation in Leadership Seacoast is made without consideration of race, religion, national origin, gender, or socioeconomic status.  Applicants will be notified of their status no later than mid-December.  Since the class size is limited, interested individuals who have not been selected the first time are encouraged to apply again.


Leadership Seacoast uses a two tiered tuition plan in an effort to make the program accessible to people from the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors as well as those who are self-employed or participating independently. Please take a minute to review the tier descriptions below. All participants receive the same Leadership Seacoast experience. Tuition is non-refundable. Rare exceptions may be made at the discretion of the board.

Tier A for those participating through a for-profit employer: $ 1,800

This price most accurately reflects the full cost of operating and maintaining the program. This tier helps to ensure that Leadership Seacoast is available and thriving for leaders throughout the region.

Tier B for those from non-profit organizations or self-employed: $ 1,500

Thanks to the generosity of our corporate sponsors and alumni, we are able to offer a tuition rate for organizations or individuals who are unable to underwrite the full cost of participation in the program.
Upon acceptance into the program, you will be asked to select the tier which is most suitable for you and your organization. This is an honor system and your choice does NOT impact the status of your application during review.


The board allocates funds for scholarships to support participants interested in attending who need financial assistance beyond what you and/or your employer may be able to provide.  We do ask that each applicant contribute something toward the cost of tuition. You may also email the Executive Director for a scholarship request form or call 603.334.6063.


The success of Leadership Seacoast depends on attendance by its participants. Therefore, attendance at each session is expected, and attendance at the opening and closing retreats is mandatory. As a condition of acceptance into the program, participants are asked to clear their calendars to allow for attendance at each session. To receive a Certificate of Graduation, participants must have no more than two excused absences.  The opening retreat and last program day are mandatory in order to graduate from the program.  Rare exceptions to this policy may be made at the discretion of the Board and Admissions Committee. Requests for consideration must be submitted in writing to the Executive Director.


Applications Due November 1
Admissions Committee review/recommendation First week of December
Approval by the Board of Directors Second week of December
Notification Second week of December
Invoices emailed Second week of December
Acceptance due to Leadership Seacoast Third week of December
Program starts First week in January