Honoring leadership that lifts the arc of progress in Indiana

            Mitch Daniels’ tenure as governor was a marked by impressive achievements.  Each was significant for its contribution to moving Indiana forward; all together, they signaled that Indiana is a state whose people are ambitious to be the best.
            The Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation is created to encourage and instill leadership that lifts the arc of progress in Indiana as was done by  Indiana’s 49th governor.  The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage leadership that refuses to accept the status quo as good enough, constantly aims higher, and executes courageously resulting in lifting the arc of progress in Indiana. 



The Daniels Prize jury represents a group of accomplished leaders whose own contributions to Indiana are widely acknowledged.


Second Inaugural Address
January 12, 2009
     “A new mentality has taken root, a new boldness born of risks successfully run and change successfully delivered.  In overwhelming numbers, Hoosiers have declared that we are unafraid to lead, to try the new before others do, and that we like the results of doing so.
     No more will historians write that we are backward and out of step.  That we are “gradualists” who prefer to keep to “the more secure edge of the river.”

   In dramatic contradiction of old stereotypes, Hoosiers have announced emphatically to a world that belongs to the creative and nimble, where fortune truly favors the bold, that we not only accept change but are prepared to lead it, and invite the rest of America to follow us.”

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Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation Awards $2,500 Leadership Scholarship To Evansville Signature School Senior
The Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation this afternoon awarded a $2,500 leadership scholarship to 17-year-old Signature School senior Eyob Moges during a ceremony at William Henry Harrison High School. The Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation leadership scholarship is designed to support and encourage Indiana’s next generation of leaders.


Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation Awards Bloomington Student Its First $2,500 Leadership Scholarship
The Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation awarded its first leadership scholarship to Bloomington North High School senior Nicholas Wernert during a recent ceremony held during the American Legion, Department of Indiana, 96th Annual State Convention in Indianapolis.