Top collegiate leaders from across the United States are gathering at Fort Leavenworth this week with a single goal – get even better.

The 41st annual George C. Marshall Awards and Leadership Seminar began Monday and will conclude Wednesday.

More than 270 members of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and United States Military Academy cadets, representing colleges and universities across the country, are in Leavenworth learning how to be better leaders.

All of the participants at the seminar are recipients of the George C. Marshall Award from their respective institutions. The award is given to future officers who are at the top of their ROTC programs. There are 213 men and 72 women attending this year’s seminar.

Participants are college seniors who were nominated from their programs based on scholarship, leadership, physical fitness and community involvement.

Nine of the students represent universities in Kansas and Missouri.

One of them is Grace Lawrence, a 2014 graduate of Leavenworth High School. Lawrence now is a senior at the University of Kansas and will graduate with a degree in supply chain management.

“I’m honored,” she said. “Learning the bigger picture is humbling.”

Cadets are hearing from top leaders and military experts. Guest speakers this year include Maj. Gen. John Evans, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

Cadet seminars and discussions focus on critical defense and geopolitical matters.

“I enjoy the discussions,” Lawrence said. “We all want to contribute.”

Lawrence comes from a military family and said she intends to make a career in the Army as well.

She said the seminar gives cadets a “broader perspective” of military leadership.

Maj. John Curtis, lead planner for the U.S. Army Cadet Command, said the seminar helps to train “smart, innovative leaders for the multiple domain battlefield.”

He said the program “get cadets ready for what conflict will look like in the future.”