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The Emerging Leader Program: Leaders for Others

Since its inception in 1988, the Emerging Leader Program (ELP) has earned the reputation of being a premiere leadership program for first-year students at Boston College. Each year, 50 first-year students are selected to participate in the one-year leadership development program. Guided by the Social Change Model of leadership development, ELP aims to form leaders for others. By participating in ELP, students develop the leadership skills and competencies necessary to facilitate positive change on campus and in their communities.

This yearlong leadership development program will equip and empower students to engage in leadership during their time at Boston College and beyond through large and small group activities and discussions, events, experiential outings, service, and mentorship.

Application Deadline: Friday, July 15th, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

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Program Highlights

Upperclassmen Mentors

ELP Retreat

ELP Small Groups

Weekly ELP Meetings

Signature ELP Events

Service Partnership

ELP Facilitators

Emerging Leader Program (ELP) Facilitators foster the leadership development of first-year students while also guiding them through their transition into the Boston College community. ELP Facilitators provide a meaningful mentoring relationship while helping new students learn what it means to be a leader for others.
 

The 2021–2022 ELP Facilitators

Alexandra Casker

Alexandra Casker

LSEHD ‘23, Applied Psychology and Human Development

Hometown: Lynchburg, VA

Bella Calise

Bella Calise

MCAS ‘25, Political Science

Hometown: Richmond, RI

Brady James

Brady James

MCAS ‘25, Undecided

Hometown: Woods Cross, UT

Shelby Seybold

Shelby Seybold

MCAS '25, Communications

Hometown: Longmont, CO

Steven Yao

Steven Yao

MCAS ‘24, Economics

Hometown: Hong Kong

Maggie Lehman

Maggie Lehman

MCAS ‘25, International Studies

Hometown: Needham, MA

Ally Tesoro

Ally Tesoro

MCAS ‘25, Undecided

Hometown: Reading, MA

Aidan Mackey

Aidan Mackey

CSON ‘25, Nursing

Hometown: West Oneonta, NY

Tommy Dee

Tommy Dee

CSOM ‘25, Finance & Entrepreneurship

Hometown: Gladwyne, PA

Mike Stivala

Mike Stivala

MCAS ‘25, International Studies

Hometown: Long Beach Island, NJ

Isabella Pieretti

Isabella Pieretti

MCAS '25, Communications

Hometown: Weston, MA

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The Kevin M. Eidt Memorial Scholarship

The Kevin M. Eidt Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to the freshman in the Emerging Leader Program whose leadership skills and potential are best represented by Boston College’s philosophies of “Ever to Excel” and being “Men and Women for Others.”

The scholarship recipient is selected by the director of the Emerging Leader Program and announced each year, at the end-of-the-year ELP banquet.

Kevin M. Eidt was a member of the Boston College class of 2000. A freshman in the Emerging Leader Program, Kevin died of cardiac arrest during an intramural basketball game in the second semester of his freshman year. In recognition of the tremendous impact he made on the Boston College community in such a short time, Kevin was posthumously awarded the Nicholas H. Woods Leadership Award, sponsored by the Office of Student Development. 

In addition, the Liturgical Arts Group dedicated their "I Want to Praise Your Name" CD to Kevin and the men and women's intramural basketball championship trophy is named in his honor. This scholarship was created as a legacy to a young man who, in one semester, made a positive impact on the BC community, lived the motto "Ever to Excel" and approached every day with the exuberance and determination to live life to its fullest.

The scholarship is funded by the Kevin Eidt Fund at Boston College, which is supported by alumni contributions and grants from the Kevin M. Eidt Memorial Scholarship Fund; a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charitable organization.

Past scholarship recipients

2022 | Aidan Mackey | (West Oneonta, NY)
2020 | Audrey Davis | (Fanwood, NJ)
2019 | Henry Bayly | (Fort Myers, FL)
2018 | Fatoumata Sall | (New York, NY)
2018 | Noella D'Souza | (Sharon, MA) Facilitator Award
2017 | Joan Kennedy | (San Antonio, TX)
2016 | Kandace Nguyen | (Morrero, LA)
2015 | Noah Groenewold | (Hinsdale, IL)
2014 | Alec Ellis | (Winter Park, FL)
2013 | Christopher Klotsche | (Milwaukee, WI)