The Oelschlager Summer Leadership Institute (OSLI) is the result of a generous gift given to The University of Akron by Jim and Vanita Oelschlager. Due to their unparalleled generosity, area high school students are selected to participate in a seven-day summer workshop on The University of Akron's campus. 

OSLI is designed to empower high school students by introducing them to the requisite skills, attitudes, and resources for success in college. This fun, challenging experience encourages participants to adopt habits and utilize resources to become high-achieving collegiate leaders and scholars. At the conclusion of the Institute, Golden Acorn Leadership Awards of $500 are presented to participants. 

This year celebrates OSLI's fifteenth year of the program! With some new ideas and activities in mind, OSLI 2015 plans to be one like no other!

The 2015 Oelschlager Summer Leadership Institute will run from Friday, June 19th to Thursday, June 25th.

Information About the Institute for Participants

Information About the Institute for Akron Mentors

Sample Itinerary 

For more information, contact Aysen Ulupinar or Brandon Mikulski at 330.972.5288 or

2015 OSLI Institute Directors:

Aysen Ulupinar, Residence Life and Housing
Brandon Mikulski, Residence Life and Housing

Quotes from OSLI Graduates  

"[OSLI] turned out to be the best weeks of my summer. You will have the experience of a lifetime and memories you will cherish forever." Xavier S., OSLI participant.


"The Institute has given me a new outlook on my educational career. . . [by showing] me that I have hidden potential that I never realized was there." Annalisa C., OSLI participant.


"The experience of OSLI 2009 will stay with me for the rest of my life." Sarah K., OSLI participant.


"[OSLI] has been far better than I ever imagined. I have learned so much and I am leaving here a far better leader that I was when I arrived." Sean B., OSLI participant.


"I've never been in a group before where we've bonded so quickly. One minute I'm not...talking to a lot of people, and the next thing I know we're all talking and laughing together nonstop!" Ryan M., OSLI participant.


"At first I had the mindset that this whole camp was going to be a very boring...but then I quickly realized how wrong I was. [It] has brought me close to so many people. . . [and] I have gained so many skills...that I will use for the rest of my life." Morgan, OSLI participant.


"I'm leaving OSLI with new motivation from my mentor and the speakers who made me believe in myself." Katherine M., OSLI participant.





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