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2019-2020 Emerging Leader Program Application 

Deadline to Apply: June 21, 2019 11:59 PM EST


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

By participating in the Emerging Leader Program (ELP), students will:

  • Know, value, and apply the eight values of the Social Change Model: Consciousness of Self, Congruence, Commitment, Collaboration, Common Purpose, Controversy with Civility, Citizenship, and Change
  • Develop their self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Build collaborative relationships with others
  • Enhance their appreciation of the experiences, perspectives, and contributions of others
  • Coordinate leadership events for the campus
  • Serve members of their local community
  • Learn how to engage in civil dialogue
  • Understand the importance of ethical decision making
  • Value civic engagement
  • Become empowered to create positive change on campus and in their communities

Career Readiness Competencies Developed Through This Program:

  • Leadership:
    Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.

  • Teamwork/Collaboration:
    Build collaborative relationships with colleagues representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving:
    Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

  • Professionalism/Work Ethic:
    Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.

Participants must be able to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Attend the ELP Retreat from August 21 – 22, 2019.
  • Attend weekly ELP meetings on Tuesdays from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM during both Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.
  • Attend ELP Outings during the Fall 2019 semester on September 21, October 26, and November 16.
  • Attend ELP Outings during the Spring 2020 semester on February 8, March 18, and April 18.
  • Be enrolled full time (12 credit hours) at BC for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.
  • Pay a $150 non-refundable program fee.*
  • Maintain open communication with peers and program facilitators.
  • Be open to learning and challenging oneself.

    *Under a number of circumstances, this fee may be waived. Please contact Kat Waxstein at with questions or concerns. 


"Through ELP, I have learned the importance of taking intentional notice of the qualities that make you a unique leader able to collaborate with others though the small group instances and opportunities that may seem mundane or inconsequential. It is in these moments that true leadership is not only nourished and developed, but also internalized by those you touch. By using our strengths to serve and inspire others, we are empowering those around us in the purest way possible." - ELP Participant 2018-2019

"ELP has opened my eyes to how open-minded and thoughtful and honest we can and should be. By having conversations about difficult topics in ELP, I have seen how willing my peers are to discuss these things and fight for change in all aspects of their lives. This is what real leadership is to me, and by seeing my friends be leaders in conventional and unconventional ways, I have been inspired to be a leader in my own way." - ELP Participant 2018-2019

"At the beginning of last semester, I wasn’t sure what college would be, who I’d be around, or what I’d become. ELP has sort of helped me gain some understanding in all of these areas. ELP has helped me further the belief that college is an opportunity to get involved, impact others, be impacted by others, and be a voice for change when necessary. It gave me 50+ people to start this journey with, an amazing small group with amazing facilitators who both model different traits I’d like to attain and help to forge the person I’d like to become. This impact will go throughout." -ELP Participant 2018-2019

"As a current member of ELP, the greatest thing the program has revealed for me is direction for time at Boston College and for my life. ELP has given me concrete knowledge about leadership through the Social Change Model, the type which no other class or extracurricular at BC could give me. The value from this Model that most resonates with me and that has revealed to me the direction of my life is Consciousness of Self. By taking various personality tests and by interacting with members of ELP both similar and different to me, I gained an overwhelming sense of who I was. I began to examine myself and find out what was truly my purpose. I came to see that as a consequence of my innermost values--justice, truth, and love--and of my character traits--determined, enthusiastic, and extroverted--that I was destined for an outspoken life oriented around social change." -ELP Participant 2018-2019

"As an ELP member, I have experienced firsthand how the values of Social Change Model help develop a sense of social responsibility, learn to appreciate diversity, and create a positive impact on one’s perception toward life." -ELP Participant 2018-2019

"I’ve come to realize with the help of my small group and the larger ELP community that this program is a place where exceptional students come together and share personal perspectives, opinions, and stories." -ELP Participant 2018-2019

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.

2019 – 2020 ELP Facilitator Team:

The ELP Team:


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 after him. 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.


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)

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