The Rosemont Leadership Institute (RLI), in conjunction with the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University, completed its inaugural successful Leadership Camp on the NMSU campus this summer. Thirty qualified New Mexico high school juniors were chosen to become “Rosemont Scholars” and participate in the weeklong event—the first step in introducing them to the fundamentals of leadership.

“This is a great collaboration between UNM and NMSU with the goal of investing in the future of our state,” says Renee Delgado-Riley, one of the program’s facilitators. “The program targets New Mexico’s top high school juniors and is very competitive,” she says. “This year we had 267 applicants and only 30 spots available.”

Daniel Burrell, CEO of Rosemont Realty in Santa Fe, founded RLI with the goal of improving high school graduation rates, advancing college enrollment and cultivating an entrepreneurial curiosity for addressing our State’s social, business and public sector challenges through training and mentoring. His goal is to deliver the next generation of global leaders by cultivating the leadership skills necessary to distinguish New Mexico’s high school students from their peers throughout the United States.

RLI provides training and mentorship for its scholars through teaching the fundamentals of leadership from faculty and management at the state and local levels. To qualify, applicants must be high school juniors with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Once accepted into the program, Scholars must make a commitment to attend college at either UNM or NMSU; attend and complete the two-week RLI summer program (one week before or after their senior year of high school); and participate in the Rosemont Challenge, which includes service and academic projects to be completed with their mentors during their senior year.

Gabe Gallegos, a high school junior from Las Cruces and new Rosemont Fellow said that his attendance at the RLI Leadership Camp changed his life.

“The scholars involved in the program had such an impact on me,” Gallegos said. “They changed the way I think about life and other people in general.”

Gallegos grew up in Las Cruces and plans to major in broadcast journalism at UNM after high school. He says he didn’t really know too many people outside of Las Cruces and was a little nervous about his future college plans. However, after attending RLI Leadership Camp, some of those fears have been alleviated.

“It was great to be in the midst of 30 like-minded people,” Gallegos said. “I can now comfortably call them my best friends.”

For more information on the program, visit Rosemont Leadership Institute or call, Renee Delgado-Riley at (505) 277-0963.