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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.

The application deadline is Friday, July 31st, 2020 at 11:59 PM. 

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Program Highlights

Upperclassmen mentors

ELP retreat

ELP weekly meetings

Attend ELP outings

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 2020–2021 ELP Facilitators

Alexandra Casker

Alexandra Casker

LSOEHD ‘23, Applied Psychology

Hometown: Danville, VA

 

Antonio Mata

Antonio Mata

MCAS ‘23, International Studies & Political Science

Hometown: Weston, FL

Audrey Davis

Audrey Davis

MCAS ‘23, Political Science

Hometown: Fanwood, NJ

Ellie Kominiarek

Ellie Kominiarek

MCAS ‘23, Political Science & Economics

Hometown: Attleborough, MA

Emma Butler-VanderLinden

Emma Butler-VanderLinden

MCAS ‘23, International Studies

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Isaiah Puente

Isaiah Puente

CSOM ‘23, Undeclared

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Israel Ibarra

Israel Ibarra

MCAS ‘23, Biochemistry

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Maddy McGrath

Maddy McGrath

MCAS ‘23, Political Science & Economics

Hometown: Glenview, IL

Naika Jean Laurent

Naika Jean Laurent

MCAS ‘23, Economics & International Studies

Hometown: Boston, MA

Parker Keller

Parker Keller

MCAS ‘23, Sociology 

Hometown: Melville, NY

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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

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)