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Super 20 program for high school students

A High School Leadership Program for
Underrepresented High School Sophomores in Iowa


What is SUPER 20?

SUPER 20 is a high school leadership program that helps underrepresented students find their purpose in their college and career paths. It provides the resources, support, and coaching to help motivated college-bound high school students reach their true potential.

SUPER 20 gives students:

  • A $5,000 scholarship to the U.S. college of their choice.
  • Two years of mentoring with a successful professional who provides career advice, opportunities for growth, and professional opportunities.
  • A four-week leadership course in summer 2021 (two weeks in person, two weeks online).

High school educators:
Watch this webinar to learn more about the program.

Who should apply?

SUPER 20 is open to Iowa high school sophomores from historically underrepresented student populations, including but not limited to:

  • Racial/ethnic minorities
  • First-generation students (first in family to go to college)
  • Students from underprivileged backgrounds
  • Students in underrepresented majors

SUPER 20 is open to Iowa students this year, but RNL will be expanding the program in the coming years.

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Apply for the SUPER 20 program

Start your application process now so you can be considered for the SUPER 20 leadership development program and the $5,000 scholarship.

Deadline to apply is December 15.


The following forms will also need to be completed during the application process:

Parental Consent Form | Recommendation Form

Tentative Schedule

All times and locations are subject to change.

Week 1 | June 20 – 26
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (students will stay in dorms)

Week 2 | June 28 – July 1
Online 3 hours total, 3 service hours (optional)

Week 3 | July 7 – 11
Online 3 hours total, 3 service hours (optional)

Week 4 | July 14 – 18
Des Moines, Iowa or Chicago, Illinois (TBD – students will stay in dorms)
*Expenses paid for travel, lodging, meals, and entertainment.

Listen to our phonecast Q&A for counselors, parents, and students

Why should you apply or encourage students to apply to SUPER 20

Become a SUPER 20 Mentor

Are you a successful professional who would like to help a promising high school student find their purpose and reach their potential? Then become a SUPER 20 Mentor.

Learn more

How students find their purpose through the 4 Pillars of the SUPER 20 program



This high school leadership program helps students develop their path to becoming great leaders. Through team projects, study of different leadership styles, and self-discovery activities, students discover their leadership style and fulfill their leadership potential.



Students take a deep dive into the definition of service along with the exploration of different service types, organizations, and structures. They’ll then put words into action through 30 hours of volunteering and experiential learning.

SUPER 20 Leadership and Service


SUPER 20 Diversity and Development


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

How do each of us view diversity, equity, and inclusion? How do organizations—businesses, nonprofits, campuses, and government agencies—address them? Students study these questions and create an inclusion statement that includes each SUPER 20 student’s point of view on the topic.


Education/Career Development

Each SUPER 20 participant will evaluate their current education and career goals, explore their strengths and interests, and match their career interests to specific college programs. They will also have the potential to map to an internship in a specific career field during the Junior year of the program.


Why high school counselors are eager to have students apply to SUPER 20


“SUPER 20 is the ideal program starting at the perfect age to help students discover who they are and their purpose in today’s world, all while rewarding them with ways to achieve those aspirations through mentorship and scholarship. I find much value in the SUPER 20 program precisely because of their emphasis on developing students’ purpose and giving underrepresented students opportunities they otherwise may not have.”

—Chris Wood, College & Career Counselor, CAPS Solutions Instructor, Cedar Falls High School (Iowa)

“This life changing opportunity will allow students just like those at my school—first-generation, low-income, underserved populations—to not only find their passions, abilities and strength, but to pursue these beyond high school. SUPER 20 will allow these students to rise above their current situation, find personal success and then change the world to help the generations to come. My biggest hope is that SUPER 20 will start a trend nationwide and more companies will create similar programs to help all of our nation’s students.”

—Melanie Hildebrandt, College Counselor, Counseling Department Lead, Johansen High School (California)

High school counselors and administrators: Watch our webinar to learn more

Learn how you can nominate underrepresented students so they can create connections with lifelong friends and dedicated mentors who will enable and encourage them to work hard to find their purpose and create a roadmap for fulfilling aspirations.

Watch the webinar

About the SUPER 20 sponsor, RNL

RNL is a firm committed to the mission of higher education. Since 1973, we have partnered with more than 3,000 colleges and universities for recruiting students to college, helping more students graduate, and engaging their alumni.

We have started the SUPER 20 program to increase access and achievement for underrepresented high school students who have the potential to fulfill their potential if given the right resources.

If your organization is interested in SUPER 20 sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

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RNL Retention Excellence Award Winners
RNL sponsors initiatives such as the Retention Excellence Awards, recognizing institutions that achieve excellence in college student success and completion.

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