CORE Application Information

Please read below for more information regarding the application process.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact, or call (301) 881-3333.

Reference Letters

You will be required to submit 2 reference letters along with your application. Reference letters may come from your supervisor, client, colleague or any non-relative who can speak to your leadership experience and character. Please start thinking about who you will ask to write your reference letters early, so they have ample time to submit their letters and not delay the submission of your application. Please ask the people you have chosen to send their reference letters to you. You will then upload them directly at the end of your CORE application. There is no reference letter form or template to fill out.

Attendance Policy

No more than 17 hours of excused absences are permitted in the event of a substantiated emergency or serious illness.  Any participant who has an unexcused absence or who misses more than 17 hours for whatever reason will be asked to withdraw from the program. Attendance at the Opening and Closing Retreats is mandatory. If you know in advance that you are likely to miss more than 2 of the session dates listed below, you should consider postponing your application until a future year.

Application Fees

There is a $200 fee to apply to the CORE Program.

If you’ve applied for the CORE Program in the past, the fee is $100 .

Due to COVID-19, application fees will be refunded to those who are not accepted.

Pay Application Fee

Sample Application

Want to print and view the application questions ahead of time?

Download SAMPLE Application

Financial Aid

Tuition assistance is available on a sliding scale based on personal income level. If you are interested in applying for tuition assistance please complete the form below and submit it along with the required tax forms. Tuition assistance applications received after the application is submitted will not be considered.

Your request for tuition assistance in no way influences the selection process and is totally confidential. Each request will be reviewed independent of the selection process and will have no effect on selection.

Tuition Assistance Form

Session Dates

LM does not intend to transition the CORE, SLM or EL program into virtual offerings. We will continue to monitor and follow all federal, state and local guidelines around in-person meetings. If these guidelines prohibit in-person convening in September, we will push the start of these programs to January 2021 and extend sessions through July 2021. Final start date decisions will be made in August.

Below are the dates for both a September 2020 and January 2021 start scenario:


OPENING RETREAT: Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 8:00 AM- Friday, September 25, 2020 at 3:00 PM *Please note this is an overnight retreat
CLOSING RETREAT: Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 8:00 AM- Friday, May 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM *Please note this is an overnight retreat

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020
Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
Friday, Jan. 8, 2021
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 (Annapolis)
Friday, March 5, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021


(should start date need to be moved due to COVID-19 guidelines)

OPENING RETREAT: Thursday-Friday, January 7-8, 2021
CLOSING RETREAT: Thursday-Friday, July 22-23, 2021 *Please note this is an overnight retreat

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 (Annapolis)
Friday, March 5, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021*
*(Combo session for CORE, SLM and EL programs)
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Monthly sessions are 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at sites throughout Montgomery County. The February session is in Annapolis.
Opening and closing retreats are mandatory.

Ready to apply?

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CORE Application FAQs

All applicants will be notified whether or not they have been accepted by the end of June 2020

Yes, but you must hit “save and continue later” at the bottom of the page, otherwise your work will not be saved. The form does NOT auto-save.

Once you hit “save and continue later”, you will be emailed a link to come back to your application. You will want to save the link as this is your only entry to your partially completed application.