James Jordan Scholars Leadership Institute

Applications are now open for the Jordan Scholars class of 2021/2022. Download the applications here: Scholars Application 21-22

Students must be current sophomores who will be juniors in the 2021-2022 academic year and registered to take Advanced Placement U.S. History or American History in their junior year.

Students should have an interest in local history and a desire to learn and enhance their leadership

Applications are due May 15. Please send completed applications to kmayhew@wdmhs.org. Call (515) 225-1286 with any questions.




James Jordan remains an important and unique figure in West Des Moines and Central Iowa history. A leader in many fields as well as a staunch abolitionist and Conductor on the Underground Railroad, his life is the inspiration for the James Jordan Scholars Leadership Institute.

Please choose the link to each class to see photos and information about the Scholars.

Jordan Scholars 2020/2021

Jordan Scholars 2019/2020

Jordan Scholars 2017/2018

Jordan Scholars 2016/2017

Jordan Scholars 2015/2016