The Lazarus Program, a well-connected volunteer and community service initiative at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, is looking for applicants for 2013.

The program, which began in 1997 and was named in honor of philanthropists Julius and Dorothy Lazarus, has led to more than 43,000 hours of community service.

The program will accept 15 B-CC sophomores and juniors who will become Lazarus fellows by attending seminars, participating in leadership training and developing a 200-hour community service project over the summer, “to make something happen that might not happen without the initiative of the Fellow.”

It also includes support from a who’s who list of Bethesda organizations, including the Bethesda Kiwanis Club, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary, the Lerch, Early and Brewer law firm, the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Honest Tea, Bethesda Magazine and the Strathmore Hall Arts Center.

Last year’s program included visits to many of those organizations and a graduation ceremony in September.

For more information, visit the program’s website.