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Each IOP class consists of approximately thirty to thirty-five fellows who are selected each year by a committee composed of board members and the executive director. The selection process involves both a written application and a personal interview.
Criteria for acceptance include such qualities as leadership potential and political motivation. Although selection necessarily involves some subjective judgment on the part of the selection committee, every precaution is taken to ensure that the merits of each applicant are fully considered.
The race, sex, or political affiliation of an applicant has zero bearing on his or her eligibility or acceptance.
The professional backgrounds of past Fellows have included law, engineering, architecture, journalism, communications, public relations, community organization, financial planning, government service, and university teaching.
Tuition is $650.00.