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Emerging Leaders Institute

ELI Class of 2018 at opening dinner Fall 2016

Explore your potential. Develop your mind.

The Emerging Leaders Institute is a comprehensive leadership program. ELI connects students to the institution and prepares them to be engaged citizens within their community. Participating students make a three-semester consecutive commitment and, in return, receive a scholarship at the conclusion of each semester. Membership renewal into the program is based on attendance, performance and commitment to program ideologies.

How can students benefit?

  • Develop a personal philosophy of leadership
  • Apply contemporary leadership theories and practices to everyday life
  • Engage in active discussion regarding leadership, civic responsibility and community service
  • Network with professionals in your field of study
  • Explore, participate and reflect on the concept of leadership for social change
  • Participate in a positive, inclusive learning experience where students are challenged and supported

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Selection is based on a student’s cumulative GPA, application content and interview. Applicants must also be currently enrolled at the traditional campus and in good judicial standing with the college. Throughout the selection process, the committee assesses the overall fit of each student to the program and makes the final selection.

Returning students are required to maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA with continued involvement in the program and its activities. The selection committee will also monitor all returning students’ activity and ensure that contributions are consistent.

To find out more about how you can get involved, contact Sarah Naji at or (573) 875-7403. 

Program details

Semester 1: Spring

This is a one credit hour in-seat course that meets Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5 p.m. A small scholarship is awarded upon completion of the semester.

Semester 2: Fall

This is an in-seat course that meets once a week for one and a half hours. Vision Project Presentations are the focus of this semester. A small scholarship is awarded upon completion of the semester.

Semester 3: Spring

The final semester will pair students with public figures in the community who will serve as mentors. A small scholarship is awarded upon completion of the semester.

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