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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.

 

Program Highlights

Upperclassmen mentors

Off-campus ELP retreat

Weekly ELP meetings

Monthly ELP outings

Signature ELP events

End-of-year ELP banquet

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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

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)

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 2019–2020 ELP Facilitators

Claire Ostrander

Rahul Atluri

MCAS ‘22, Psychology

Hometown: Carmel, NY

Abbey Iafolla

Abbey Iafolla

MCAS ‘22, Hispanic Studies & English

Hometown: Kennebunkport, ME

Kayleen Italia

Kayleen Italia

CSON ‘22, Nursing

Hometown: Swedesboro, NJ

Jeremy Khangi

Jeremy Khangi

MCAS ‘22, Undeclared

Hometown: Depew, NY

Garrett Madden

Garrett Madden

MCAS ‘22, Political Science

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Joe McGrane

Joe McGrane

MCAS ‘22, Political Science & Economics

Hometown: Bloomington, MN

Julia Natale

Julia Natale

MCAS ‘22, Undeclared

Hometown: Danvers, MA

Bijoy Shah

Bijoy Shah

CSOM ‘22, Finance & Computer Science

Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL

Campbell Smith

Campbell Smith

MCAS ‘22, Political Science

Hometown: Westerville, OH

Peyton Wilson

Peyton Wilson

MCAS ‘22, Art History & German Studies

Hometown: Springdale, AR