Directions Program

Directions Program

Even if you're the new kid, once you've unpacked, you have the opportunity to become a leader. Each school year, around 32 incoming students are selected to participate, and qualifying students may receive an annual Hansen Fellows Award valued at $1,500.

How to join:

  • Apply and be admitted to Doane University by January 31, 2020

  • Have a 3.5 minimum GPA

  • Complete the Directions Program Application by January 31, 2020
  • Complete a resume and a short introduction video

  • Complete the essay questions provided on the Directions Application

  • Have a letter of recommendation sent it

  • Complete an on-campus, Skype, Facetime or Phone interview before February 21, 2020

Membership includes:

  • Mentors who teach you how to get involved and offer guidance on how to kick-off your leadership adventure. They'll also answer all of your life-at-college questions to give you a good start for the next four years.

  • Hansen Leadership Hall; Directions members have access to a two-story suite within this upper-class residence hall. Offering you a comfortable place to study, take a nap, or catch up with your new friends.

  • Weekly leadership classes that will increase your independence and ability to position yourself as an authority by exploring theories, obstacles, and techniques that exist in the leading and developing world.


  • Attending the Hansen Leadership events, such as lectures, workshops or luncheons.

  • Participating in a group service project. As service is the core of leadership, this allows students to give back, and practice their leadership skills in a real-world setting.

To schedule your Directions Program Interview, contact Suzy Cochnar at 402.826.6767 or

For all other questions, please contact Abby Vollmer at