The Nikaó Leadership Institute is part of Calvary University's mission to “prepare students to live and serve in the church and in the world according to a biblical worldview.” Through the Nikaó Leadership Institute, Calvary is helping to shape godly leaders for today and tomorrow.

“It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28

Nikaó Leadership Summit

The Institute kicks off each year in August with The Nikao Leadership Summit, a four-day conference filled with practical, hands-on workshops. The Summit is designed to catapult you into a year of learning leadership principles. That week will actively develop you into a better leader on campus, in classrooms, in the community, and throughout the world.

Nikaó Leadership Scholarship

While Calvary University is committed to keeping costs low, the cost of a college education is a challenge for most. When you are accepted into The NLI you will receive a full tuition scholarship (12 hours) for each semester.

Hands-on learning

Students in The NLI will have opportunities for hands-on leadership training. Students will participate in a leadership track in areas on campus and off campus where they will participate in real life activities and gain real life experiences in leadership.

One-On-One Mentoring

Real growth occurs with encouragement, feedback, and guidance. Each Nikao student will have a personal mentor who they will meet with weekly to discuss their leadership track, activities, and life. Students will also meet with NLI staff each week for breakout sessions that are designed for personal development.

Quality leadership is world-changing. Leaders who are armed with the knowledge and skills they need to stand in the gap for their teams are highly sought after. Make the most of the opportunities you have now to gain leadership skills. The Nikaó Leadership Institute is designed to equip you with leadership skills necessary to impact the world for eternity.

Program Requirements

Completed NLI application

Acceptance into CU as first-time freshman

3.4 minimum high school GPA

Minimum 24 ACT or 1140 SAT

Leadership experience and potential

On-campus student

Welcome 2018-19 NLI Inductees

How The Nikaó Leadership Institute Works


Apply to the

Nikaó Leadership Institute!

DOWNLOAD the application,

or CLICK HERE to fill it out online.



If selected, you will receive carefully

thought out input as the

NLI staff chooses the leadership

track you will be offered.



Start learning!  

You will receive Nikaó points for each

hour of leadership initiative you are

 involved with during the semester.

Goal = 20 Nikao points/ semester