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Super 20 program for high school students

A High School Leadership Program for
Underrepresented High School Sophomores and Juniors

Applications for the Class of 2023 open on December 11th, 2022!


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 $2,000 scholarship to the U.S. college of their choice.
  • Coaching with successful professionals who provide advice and feedback on SUPER 20 activities.
  • A two-week online leadership course in the summer of 2023.

The program is open now for students from underrepresented groups such as:

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

SUPER 20 Summer 2023 Schedule

Our SUPER 20 recipients will participate in these leadership development activities. All times are subject to change.

May 9, 8-9 pm CST
Virtual Welcome Meeting for Students and Parents

May 23, 8-9 pm CST
Online Orientation Meeting

June 6, 8-9 pm CST
Online Meet and Greet for Students, Coaches, and SUPER 20 Staff

June 12-23, 8-noon CST
Virtual Leadership Development Courses. Students will meet Monday through Friday.

Questions? Contact us

SUPER 20 Partners


African American Museum of Iowa

SUPER 20 is proud to partner the African American Museum of Iowa. With their assistance, the SUPER 20 program is able to better reach and assist the underrepresented students the program was built to aid.

What SUPER 20 students say about the program


“This workshop was really fulfilling, and I felt like I could pull away with a lot more thought and insight. Thank you so much to everyone who attended and spoke—it was a wonderful meeting!”

“I really enjoyed my time during the SUPER 20 Training Weeks, and I will continue to value my experiences forever. I appreciate everything and everyone involved in making this a successful program. The coaches, presenters, and students were all absolutely wonderful and I look forward to interacting with them all again.”

“THANK YOU! I appreciate everything that I’ve learned, the friendships I’ve made, and I am grateful for meeting everyone who will help shape my future. SUPER20 will hold a special place in my heart. Again, thank you.”

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 and self-awareness activities, students discover their strengths as they work on communication, listening, and emotional intelligence to understand 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 we each view diversity, equity, and inclusion? How do organizations—businesses, nonprofits, campuses, and government agencies—address them? Students study these questions through each SUPER 20 student’s point of view.

College Readiness

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 to ensure the highest success rate.

What high school counselors say about 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)

Colleges and universities, put your swag in our SUPER 20 Swag Box!


As part of the SUPER 20 Leadership Program, each selected student receives a SUPER 20 RNL Swag Box with useful gifts and fun swag!

Now you have a chance to put your branded school merchandise in the SUPER 20 Swag Box and have your institution right in front of these motivated, high-achieving high school students. The SUPER 20 students can use their scholarship at the school of their choice, so this is an opportunity to promote your school to them.

If you would like the chance to have your college items included in the SUPER 20 Swag Box, complete the contact form below before May 8 and we will contact you.

Here is an example of the kind of RNL Swag Box SUPER 20 students will receive. You can have your branded items included in the box!

Contact us to have your swag included or for questions regarding the SUPER 20 program

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