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Emerging Leaders Institute


Explore your potential. Develop your mind.

The Emerging Leaders Institute is a comprehensive leadership experience that strives to connect students to the institution as well as prepare them for active community roles. Participating students make a three-semester 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 into everyday life
  • Engage in active discussion regarding leadership, civic responsibility and community service
  • 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 the student’s cumulative GPA, application content and letter of recommendation. Applicants must also be currently enrolled day students. 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 Adriana Nieman, with any questions at or at (573) 875-7775. 

Program Details

Semester 1: Spring
This is a one credit hour in-seat course that meets Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00pm. Scholarship of $250 is awarded upon completion of the course.

Semester 2: Fall
This is in-seat course that meets once a week for one and a half hours. Vision Project Presentations are the focus of this semester. Scholarship of $500 is awarded upon completion of the semester.

Semester 3: Spring
Final semester is a pairing with a public figure in the community who will serve as a mentor. Scholarship of $750 is awarded upon completion of the semester.



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