2018 COLA Program

The Central Ohio Leadership Academy will be held July 23rd to 28th, 2018. Central Ohio high school juniors and seniors who will graduate in 2019 or 2020 are encouraged to apply.

Program Dates

July 23rd to July 28th, 2018

Program Hours

Monday – Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Students must be able to attend the program in its entirety to be eligible and participate fully in a year round alumni experience.

Program Cost

Selected students participate at no cost thanks to the generous support of The Easton Community Foundation. Materials and daily lunch are also complimentary.

Program Location

KIPP Columbus — 2900 Inspire Dr. Columbus, Ohio 43224

“I had a great experience, and I know for a fact that I wouldn’t get this experience anywhere else.” – Julia Thompson, 2014 COLA Alumna



“Honestly, I came into this week not knowing what to expect except for the fact it’s 6 days, 8 hours a day starting at 8am!!  I didn’t know what we would do and honestly didn’t think I’d get anything out of it.  After this week I can say it was the most amazing experience.”  – Alex Lawrence, 2014 COLA Alumna



My favorite part about the COLA program was the fact that it had such a high level of diversity. People I never would have talked to opened themselves up to me and I got to make connections I never would’ve been able to make. It’s like I was in a glass bottle and COLA broke me out of it.  — Jeffrey Robb, 2017 COLA Alumni