César E. Chávez Leadership Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on a question to reveal the answer.

You may also filter the list of questions using the pulldown menu below and clicking "Apply."

If you do not see your question or issue, contact us.

I have forgotten my password. What can I do?

You can request a new password here.

You will be emailed instructions on how to reset your password and gain access to your account.

What is the cost to participate?

The program is free to participating students.

See the What is Included / What to bring link for details. 

Participants must provide their own transportation to and from campus for check-in and check-out.

Is CCLI open only to Hispanics?

No, CCLI is open to all Arizona high school sophomores and juniors of any race or ethnicity.

Can applicants be from anywhere in the United States?

Applicants must be currently attending an Arizona high school.

Which word processing software can I use?

If you are formatting the document yourself, you can use any word processing software you prefer.

If you are using our pre-formatted template for written answers, the file can be used in Microsoft Word.

You may open the template in other word processing programs, however the formatting may be altered when converting. Be sure to double check and follow formatting guidelines after converting.

How should I format my essay?

A pre-formatted template for written answers can be downloaded here.

Follow these guidelines, whether you use the template or create your own document.

  • Typed or printed from a word processing program.
  • Applicant Name, High School and Date should appear in the upper right-hand corner of every page
  • 10- or 12-point font
  • Double-spaced (body text)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Begin each page by stating the question. Then write your answer.

A sample is available from the Downloads page.

Can I apply for CCLI if I am currently a high school senior?

No. At the time of application, students must be a high school sophomore or junior.

I did not receive my validation e-mail. What should I do?

First, check the Spam Filter of your e-mail program. See if the e-mail was delivered to your Junk Mail folder.

If the e-mail did not arrive, you should double check the e-mail address you provided to your online User Account.

To view/update your account e-mail address:

  1. Login to your User Account on the CCLI web site.
  2. Click the View/Edit User Account link.
  3. In the User Account, click the Edit tab.
  4. Correct the e-mail given or enter a different e-mail address.
  5. Click the Save button.

To re-send the validation e-mail to your updated e-mail address:

  1. Click on the Edit tab again.
  2. Click the re-send validation e-mail link.
  • Note: you must save the new e-mail address before requesting a new validation e-mail.

I am currently a freshman and will be a sophomore during the dates of the program. May I apply?


Students must be either a sophomore or junior at the time of application.

So, what year in school are you right now?

If a sophomore or junior - you may apply!

If a freshman, you may apply next year.

How do I correct a mistake I made on my Submission Form?

Click on the "View/Edit User Account" link below the Welcome message in the left-hand menu. Follow the instructions for editing your information.

Reprint the Submission Form after you have saved your corrected information.

My response on the Recommendation Form gets cut-off when I print. How do I fix that?

Unfortunately, it is a limitation of a PDF form that only what you see will print. There is no way around it.

The most common reason for text being cut-off is the use of paragraph returns. The text window is programmed to accept up to 1,500 characters in a single paragraph. To the PDF form, a paragraph return is only a single character, but visually it may push the response beyond the printed text window.

We are more interested in what a person has to say than how the answer looks. If paragraph returns are eliminated so the response is a single paragraph, we will be able to print and read the entire response.

Alternatively, if the writer prefers the paragraph formatting look, the response should be written so it fits within the printed text window.

I can't find my high school in the list. What should I do?

There are over 600 Arizona high schools in our schools list, including public, charter, and private. So chances are your high school is in our list. You can see the list here.

So first, read and follow the instructions carefully.

Begin typing the name of your high school. Be sure to capitalize the name. (ie "Cesar" will work, but "cesar" will not.)

The first ten names that match the word typed will appear in a list.

Select your school from the list.

If you are having trouble, try typing just a part of the of the name, or type the city the school where the school is located. For example, if searching for "George Washington High School" located in Tolleson, try typing only "Washington" or "Tolleson." A list of all matches will appear.

If your school is not listed, select "- Not Listed -" (search for "Not" or just a hyphen ["-"]), then select "- Not Listed -" from the list and write the name as part of the Address of High School field.

You must select a listing from the pulldown menu to avoid an error when you submit the form.

The login is asking for an ASURite User ID. What is that?

ASURite is the login system used by ASU students and employees. If you clicked the "Sign In" link in the top ASU header, you would be taken to the ASURite sign in page. You cannot use ASURite to sign into your CCLI account.

High School applicants to the summer program should use the CCLI Login link in the left-hand menu to log into their CCLI account.

If you have any other issues with login, please contact us.

Do I have to stay on campus during the week of the program? Why can’t I stay at home if I live nearby?

Participants are required to stay on campus for the entire week of the Institute.

Part of the CCLI experience is living in a college dorm with your fellow delegates. This allows students to have a more complete experience and ensures that they are on time and present for all activities.

Will vegetarian/vegan food be available on campus during the program?

Yes. ASU campus dining is able to accommodate vegetarian or vegan dietary needs.

If chosen to attend and you have special dietary needs, please contact the CCLI  office to make arrangements.

I have another summer program right before/after CCLI? Is that a problem?

CCLI can be a physically and intellectually demanding program. We strongly suggest a student gives themselves time to rest before and after our program.

When will I be notified if I have been accepted?

All applicants will be notified of their application status by April 6.

Can I leave the program for a previously scheduled doctor (or similar) appointment?

No. You must remain on campus with the rest of the delegates during the program.

You should reschedule any appointments that occur during the week of CCLI.

Can I email or fax my application?

You may submit your complete application by online upload, standard mail, delivery service or in-person delivery to the CCLI office.

Faxes will not be accepted. The quality is too poor to read.

Applications will not be accepted by e-mail. 

If you have a problem submitting your application, please contact the CCLI office.

How late can the application be submitted on the day of the deadline?

Applications may be submitted by the following times on day of the deadline:

Online (upload): until 5:00 PM.

Standard Mail: last pick-up time of the Post Office so it can be postmarked that day.

  • Times vary per Post Office branch, so contact your local Post Office or check the USPS website for more information.

Delivery Service (FedEx, UPS): Shipping date must be by deadline day. Check with those services for times.

Direct Delivery to our office: Our office closes at 5:00 PM

I'm having trouble uploading my application. What can I do?

First, confirm that you have not uploaded a file previously. Each user may only upload one (1) file. If you have already uploaded a file you will see a "Submitted Online" message in the right sidebar.

Then, check the type of file. The website will only upload PDF files.

Next, check the size of the file. The file must be smaller than 8 megabytes (8 MB).

After you have confirmed file type and size are correct, you could try:

  • Logging out of your account, then logging back in.
  • Quitting the web browser software and restarting.
  • Try a different web browser program. Other programs include Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

If you continue to have issues, contact CCLI as soon as possible through our Contact Us page or by calling (480) 965-8890. Tell us exactly what problem you encountered. (ie - tell us step by step what you did before arriving at your issue, did you receive an error message, what did the error message say, etc...)

But remember: you can just mail your application to us.

How can I create a single PDF file of all my application materials?

If you would like to upload your application to our website, you need to combine all your application materials into a single PDF file. There are a couple ways you can do it.

But remember if you have trouble getting your application into a single PDF file - mail it.

Method #1 - Scanning

Print out all your materials, assemble them in the prescribed order, and scan them with a desktop scanner, copier/scanner, or scanning app on your iPad, tablet or smartphone.

Most scanners today can save scans in PDF format. In order for the application to be printable and readable in our office, make sure your scanner is set to the following settings:

  • Format: PDF
  • Paper Size: Letter
  • Resolution: 300 DPI (dots per inch) or PPI (pixels per inch) preferred.

The maximum allowable file size to upload on the website is 8 MB. If your file is too large, try scanning as grayscale or black-and-white rather than color.

We strongly suggest you print out a copy of the scanned PDF file before sending it to us to make sure the PDF is readable.

Where can you scan?

If you don't have a document scanner at home, you could try:

  • Your school library, media center, art or journalism teacher;
  • Your high school counselor or admin office;
  • Your parent's - do they have a scanner at their work place?;
  • Scanning service at FedEx Office, Staples, etc... (There will be a fee.) 
  • On an iPad, tablet or smartphone using a scanning app.

Method #2 - Creating PDF files on a computer, then combining into one file

How you create a PDF on a computer depends on the software your document is in.

  • The Submission Form is on a web browser.
  • The written answers, essays, and short paragraph are in word processing software.
  • The transcript may be accessible from a web browser or sent from your school.
  • Recommendations will be printed and signed hard copies.

If you have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Pro software, there are a number of ways to create PDFs. Read the instructions. Even without Acrobat Pro, there are ways to create PDF files on computer. 

First, see if the software has a way to download or save a copy of the file in PDF format. Look for the "Save As..." or "Export" feature.

The next easiest way to create PDFs from software is to use the "Print" function of the software.

On Macs, once the Print Dialog box opens, click on the "PDF" button in the lower left corner and select "Save as PDF..." Save the file to a location on your hard drive.

On PCs, you can install a virtual PDF printer driver such as "dopdf" (http://www.dopdf.com). Once installed you can select it as your printer and create a PDF file.

If you receive a hard copy, the only way to make it a PDF is by scanning it.

When you have all the application materials as separate PDF files, you are ready to combine them into one PDF.

Again, Adobe Acrobat Pro software is the easiest way to combine PDF files. Use the "Insert from File" feature.

Another way to combine PDF files is with an online service. Search the words "combine PDF files" in Google, Bing or Yahoo and you will find many such services; some free.

For more ways to combine PDF files, see "How to Merge PDF Files."


• Be sure your pages are in the proper order in the single PDF file.

• Adobe offers a 30-day free trial version of Acrobat Pro on their website.

• DO NOT insert PDF or other document images into a Microsoft Word document. The image produced is reduced in size too much to read.

• Again, if you have trouble getting your application into a single PDF file - mail it!