Description

About The Executive Leadership Council

The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) is the preeminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of global black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises. Our mission is to increase the number of successful black executives, domestically and internationally, by adding value to their development, leadership and philanthropic endeavors, thereby strengthening their companies, organizations and communities across the lifecycle of their careers.

Scholarship Program Overview

The mission of the ELC's Scholarship Programs is to build a pipeline of black corporate talent by supporting the academic achievement and development of black undergraduate and graduate students.

The ELC offers four scholarship programs: three are designed for undergraduate students pursuing business degrees at an accredited college or university, and one is designed for undergraduate students currently enrolled in an engineering program. Additionally, scholarship recipients receive exposure and networking opportunities with ELC members through participation in the ELC's Honors Symposium. 

What is the Honors Symposium

The Honors Symposium is designed to introduce The ELC’s scholarship recipients to a wide range of business-related careers and industries to increase the number of future black business leaders. Our goal is to help fill the pipeline of black corporate executives from the classroom to the boardroom.

The Symposium is a week-long learning experience from October 22nd - October 26th, 2017 which includes a series of events and meetings that connect and expose the ELC's scholarship winners to leading corporate executives from major global corporations. During the week, the scholarship winners participate in professional career development opportunities and enriching social activities.

Scholars begin their week in New York City where they visit major global companies and engage in one-on-one meetings with senior level executives. The scholars will visit selext cultural sites and attend evening receptions and/or dinners with ELC members and other senior executives. The scholars end their Symposium experience in Washington, DC where they attend the ELC's Annual Recognition Gala and are recognized on stage. 

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Each applicant must submit a well-written and supported essay on the scholarship's specified topic of interest (essay topic will differ for each scholarship). Essays should be 800 (minimum) to 1,000 (maximum) words in length.
  • Praxair Engineers of Tomorrow Scholarship applicants must submit a short essay (400 words maximum) in response to each of the five prompt questions. 

ALVARO L. MARTINS SCHOLARSHIP

Created in honor of The ELC’s founding member, the first President and CEO of The Council and an alumnus of Howard University, the Alvaro L. Martins scholarship is awarded to high achieving undergraduate black male students attending one of the nation's top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Thirteen scholarship awardees will receive a one-time scholarship in the amount of $7,000 each to assist with educational expenses for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Essay Topic:

As a founding member of The Executive Leadership Council, Alvaro L. Martins and other black executives banded together to create a community for black business leaders.  They sought to create a safe space that allowed for the sharing of best business practices and ideas while serving as a collective body to address issues plaguing the development and sustainability of the black business community and educational system. They demonstrated what can happen when purpose and passion collide.  The results of their efforts to are still evident today – 30 years later - through the many initiatives of The Executive Leadership Council.

As you prepare for the future, how is your passion and/or purpose influencing the career path you have chosen to pursue?  What steps are you taking to fulfill that dream?

ANN FUDGE SCHOLARSHIP

Named after the first woman chair of The Council and former chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, the Ann Fudge Scholarship is open to high achieving undergraduate black female students attending one of the nation’s top HBCUs.  Thirteen scholarship awardees will receive a one-time scholarship in the amount of $7,000 each to assist with educational expenses for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Essay Topic:

Ann Fudge has been a trailblazer as the first African American woman to hold several leadership positions in corporate America. Today, her leadership and influence continue to broaden in reach from public service initiatives to corporate boards. 

As a rising woman business leader, understanding how to lead is critical to one’s success.  Which one of the following best describes your leadership style: Thought Leader, Courageous Leader, Inspirational Leader or Servant Leader? How have you been able to exhibit your specific leadership behavior in your current environment?

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS COMMENTARY

Top undergraduate students are invited to compete in a national writing competition focused on business trends, issues and insights. Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, this scholarship program is open to high achieving undergraduate black students attending a four-year college or university. Thirteen scholarship awardees will receive a one-time scholarship ranging between $8,000 - $15,000 for the 1st through 5th place winners, and $4,000 each for eight additional honorable mentions to assist with educational expenses for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Essay Topic:

The Executive Leadership Council invests and assists in the development of the next generation of black business leaders.  In an effort to bridge the gap between our corporate partners and top diverse talent, what do you believe attracts the best candidates to employers? 

When identifying potential employers, please describe which key business principles are most important in your selection process. What are the factors that are critical to your decision making process (i.e. the organization's reputation, development opportunities within a company, the product or service you are providing, etc.)? What types of positions would you be interested in post-graduation and does the geographic location of the opportunity matter (domestic and international)?

 

THE PRAXAIR ENGINEERS OF TOMORROW SCHOLARSHIP

This one year scholarship is established to provide opportunities for high-performing, minority college students pursuing careers in engineering. The Praxair Engineers of Tomorrow Scholarship is open to high achieving undergraduate minority students currently attending a four-year college or university and pursuing a mechanical or chemical engineering degree. Three scholarship awardees will receive a one-time need-based scholarship in the amount of $12,000 each to assist with educational expenses for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Essay Topic:

  1. What challenges have you overcome in achieving your education?
  2. Who or what influenced you to pursue a career in the engineering field?  Whom do you consider a trailblazer in the engineering field? Please explain.
  3. Briefly describe your short and long-term goals.  How do you plan to achieve them (academic and career goals)?
  4. Please describe the types of leadership roles you have experienced?  How do you intend on being a leader in your community?
Rules

This is the requirements for ALL applicants

Applicants must complete and submit all application requirements by Monday, April 3, 2017 at midnight EST.

Successful applications will be notified by Friday May 5, 2017.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program as a full-time student in his/her college or university.
  • The applicant’s classification status for Fall 2017 must be sophomore, junior or senior.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate high academic achievement.
  • Non-citizens including Permanent Residents are ineligible, even if they anticipate naturalization by the beginning of the program.
  • ELC Member dependents are ineligible from applying or receiving any ELC scholarship award.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need by submitting their current financial aid award letter.

Submission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the criteria described in the scholarship description and eligibility requirements.
  • Applicants may apply to multiple scholarships, if eligible. However an applicant will only be awarded one scholarship per calendar year.
  • Applicants must submit a well-written and supported essay on the scholarship’s specified essay topic (topics vary for each scholarship).
  • Essays should be 800 (minimum) - 1,000 (maximum) words in length.
  • Praxair Engineers of Tomorrow Scholarship applicants must submit a short essay (400 words maximum) in length in response to each of the five prompt questions.
  • Applicants must submit an unofficial academic transcript reflecting current standing with the college/university, enrollment status and area of study.
  • Applicants must submit a copy of their official financial aid award letter summary for the current school year.
  • Applicants must agree to the terms of the electronic affidavit.
  • Applicants must submit one letter of recommendation from a professor, faculty or staff member speaking to the student’s academic excellence, community/campus leadership and character.
  • Applicants must submit a professional resume that demonstrates campus and/or community involvement/leadership.
  • All scholarship recipients are required to attend the all-expense paid Honors Symposium experience. The Honors Symposium will be held on October 22nd - October 26th, 2017 in New York, NY and Washington, DC.