Excel in the Emerging Leaders Institute

We recognize students who are emerging leaders.

The Emerging Leaders Institute strives to connect students to the institution as well as prepare them to be engaged citizens within their community.

Participating students commit to three consecutive semesters of the leadership program. At the conclusion of each semester, members receive a scholarship. 

Membership is renewed based on attendance, performance and commitment to program ideologies.

Student benefits

Members of the Emerging Leaders Institute:

  • 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
  • Network with professionals in their field of study
  • Explore, participate and reflect on the concept of leadership for social change
  • Participate in a positive, inclusive learning experiences


ELI applicants must be currently enrolled at the traditional campus and in good judicial standing. Selection is based on cumulative GPA, application content and an interview. Throughout the selection process, the committee assesses the overall fit of each student to the program.

Returning students must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GAP with continued involvement in the program and its activities. The selection committee will also monitor all returning students' activities and ensure that contributions are consistent.

Program details


Semester 1: Spring

This one credit hour, in-seat course meets weekly. A small scholarship is awarded upon completion of the semester.

Semester 2: Fall

An in-seat course meets for 1.5 hours weekly and focuses on Vision Project Presentations. A small scholarship is awarded upon completion of the semester.

Semester 3: Spring

During the final semester, members are paired with public figures in the community who serve as mentors. A small scholarship is awarded upon completion of the semester.


ELI prepares you for leadership roles

Being involved in ELI will hone leadership abilities that can help you regardless of your career choice. Apply today to gain a valuable college education that will prepare you for leadership roles at work and in life.

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