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MILE IV Now Accepting Applications

The Matador Institute of Leadership Engagement (MILE) Program at Texas Tech University is now accepting applications for its fourth 14-student cohort.

The MILE Program is a competitive three-semester leadership certificate program in the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources that seeks to develop participants’ personal and professional skills through high-impact learning experiences in agriculture and policy. During the three-semester program, MILE participants enrolled in three academic courses focused on the personal, service and community aspects of leadership and each completed a professional internship experience.

The MILE program uses regional agriculture tours in the Texas Panhandle, Rio Grande Valley and South Plains, trips to Washington, D.C. and Austin, and workshops to expose students to all facets of agriculture. MILE also uses professional development seminars that include etiquette and media training to produce well-rounded leaders who can advocate and communicate effectively.

Eligible applicants must be on-campus, full-time undergraduate students in the Davis College who have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Additionally, eligible students must be full-time students at Texas Tech through the end of the fourth MILE cohort, which ends in May 2025. Each MILE cohort accepts a maximum of 14 students into the program, with an effort to have representation from each of Davis College’s six undergraduate academic departments. The MILE Program is funded through industry and private support and is offered at no cost to student members.

The deadline to apply to MILE is Oct. 20, 2023. In addition to the online survey, applicants must also have one campus recommendation and one personal recommendation submitted online before the application deadline. Following the deadline, applications will be evaluated for quality and completeness. Only completed and correctly submitted applications received by the deadline will be considered. Incomplete applications (i.e., missing recommendation forms, resumes, etc.) will not be considered. Students can apply online at

Selected applicants will be invited to participate in face-to-face interviews with the MILE Advisory Committee. Interviews will take place in the Dairy Barn conference room in early Nov. 2023. Applicants will be notified via email to sign up for a 20-minute interview time. Applicants should dress professionally and be prepared to discuss their leadership and career goals with the MILE Advisory Committee. The final selection of the 14-member cohort will be made following the interview process.

For more information about the Texas Tech MILE Program, visit or contact MILE Program Director, Lindsay Kennedy, Ph.D., at

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