Applications for the 2017 Conway Area Leadership Institute are now being accepted through Jan. 20.

The class prepares emerging leaders to serve the Conway community.

Participants in the program will take part in an eight-month curriculum inspired by Conway2025, through shared experiences and frequent interactions.

Conway2025 is a 15-year plan where the community is involved with a strategic plan of seven sectors for overall growth and sustainability of Conway for residents.

Conway Chamber of Commerce Director of Member Engagement Leo Cummings III said the class is good for longtime Conway residents.

"There are two key aspects of this program for people to get," he said. "One is obviously leadership but also getting a common experience with other people. Participants will get to know more about Conway, even those who have lived in Conway a long time will get to learn more about the city."

An outside committee of Leadership Alumni and community leaders are selecting the 2017 class.

The selection committee is looking for participants who are highly motivated individuals who are interested in learning, pursuing first-hand experience and interacting with community leaders, businesses and organizations.

"The committee will develop a leadership class diverse in profession, geography, education, state of career, ethnicity and gender," according to the CALI website. "Conway Area Leadership Institute does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin. Successful candidates will be well-rounded, actively involved in their community and reflective of the diversity in Conway."

The class will exceed no more than 35 people and tuition for the program is $1,295, which is due in full by April 7.

There are a limited number of need-based scholarships to CALI applicants. An application can be submitted to apply for a CALI scholarship.

If tuition is not made by the deadline, participants will be withdrawn from the program and will not be refunded for the money paid.

Applicants are required to send two letters of recommendation and must be sent with the application by Jan. 20.

The program begins March 9 with a class announcement at an annual meeting.

A class retreat in Mountain View is scheduled for April 7 and 8, which is covered in tuition for the program.

The program will culminate in November with a graduation.

The program schedule, information and how to apply for the course is online at