Applicant Eligibility

The ALP seeks applicants who can demonstrate a serious commitment to strengthening agriculture in Hawai‘i through their work and/or volunteer activities. Priority is given to applicants who work directly in agriculture (e.g., production of crops, livestock, forestry, ornamental and/or turf crops) or agriculture industry support endeavors (e.g., processing, handling, shipping, and delivering products to the consumer, or financing and management). Natural resources management professionals who work closely with agricultural communities, as well as those involved in rural community development, are also invited to apply.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens or green card holders and must be residents of Hawai‘i for at least two years. Applicants must show a commitment to remain in Hawai‘i and must have approval from their employer to take the required time to participate in ALP. Self-employed individuals must demonstrate their ability to be away from their enterprises for the necessary amount of time.

Applicant Commitment

Every applicant is expected to make the following commitments if he or she is selected for the ALP:

  • To attend all seminars and the national trip
  • To complete all assignments
  • To continue leadership and responsibility within the industry or community, during and post program
  • To participate in follow-up assessments and post-graduate leadership activities
  • To be actively committed to the perpetuation of the ALP, including an annual financial contribution and future assistance with fundraising, mentoring future class members, and other initiatives

Application and Selection Process, Criteria and Policies  

Applicants are required to submit an ALP Application Form, an Employer’s Commitment Form (if applicable), and three ALP Recommendation Forms. If applicable, applicants must also submit a Significant Other Form.

The Selection Committee, comprised of program staff and alumni, will review applications and select those who will be interviewed in person. Final selection will be made approximately two months prior to the start of the program. Applicants are reviewed based upon the following criteria:

  • Interest and desire to participate in the ALP
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities as evidenced by community, industry or government organizational activities and positions of responsibility
  • Commitment to strengthening agriculture in Hawai‘i and creating sustainable communities
  • Commitment to learning and personal growth
  • Written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills
  • Ability to make time and travel commitment

The Selection Committee will also consider and apply the following additional policies:

  • Each class will reflect a reasonable representation of geographical locations as well as business, government, and non-profit organizations.
  • All applicants will be considered without discrimination regarding race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
  • All applicants must be willing to sign a general release of liability form and provide relevant medical information

Recruitment and Selection Timeline

  • Deadline for applications was January 29, 2018. Recruitment for Class XVI has closed.
  • Informational conference calls available prior to the application deadline upon request.
  • Selections will be made and applicants will be notified in March of 2018.
  • View the complete timeline on the ALP Recruitment Information Brochure.


Over the course of 18 months, the value of the ALP is over $20,000 per participant. Much of this is subsidized by the fundraising efforts of ALFH. Supplemental funding is provided by participant tuition as well as cash and in-kind contributions from alumni, individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations.

The tuition for the Class XVI Agricultural Leadership Program is $6,500. The tuition is primarily allocated to travel (airfare, lodging, and ground transportation) on neighbor island visits and the national trip. All meals and incidental expenses are the responsibility of each participant, which could average $50 per day. The tuition may be paid in three installments.


The Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai’i encourages applicants to seek sponsorship from businesses or organizations to which they belong in the form of financial assistance for part or all of the tuition to support their training. While participants expand their personal leadership skills and networks as a result of participating in the program, the businesses and organizations they belong to also benefit from their training. Recognizing that employees of small businesses and non-profit organizations, and those that are self-employed, may have limited resources, partial scholarships will be available based on financial need.

For More Information:

Contact ALFH Director Christine Brammer via Email or Call (808) 947-2914.

Return to the ALP main page to find out more.