The Executive Leadership Council
Submission Deadline04/25/2016
Description

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.

Program Overview

The mission of The Executive Leadership Council'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 undergraduate scholarship programs. Three are designed specifically for undergraduate students pursuing business degrees at an accredited college or university and one is designed for undergraduate students currently enrolled in a STEM program.

Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to community service. Additionally, scholarship recipients receive exposure and networking opportunities with ELC members through participation in The ELC’s Honors Symposium.

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 30th - November 4th, 2016 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, as well as community engagement and social enriching 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 select 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.

Essay Requirements

Applicants 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 words (maximum) in length.  

(*) Praxair/Breedlove applicants must submit a short essay (400 words maximum) in length in response to each of the five prompt questions.

Scholarship Programs

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 pursuing a business degree at the Howard University School of Business. Thirteen schloarship awardees will receive a one-time scholarship in the amount of $7,000 each to assist with educational expenses for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Essay Topic:

Identify a business leader (past or present) who is an HBCU grad and share how his/her business leadership or legacy has impacted the global business economy. What was his/her contribution to the business community? Why is he/she considered a trailblazer? Why did you select this individual and how has his/her contribution influenced you? 

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 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 2016-2017 academic year.

Essay Topic:

As a rising woman business leader, if given the opportunity to experience a global assignment (academic or professional), what country would you select and how could you benefit from studying the culture and business practices of that country?  With this country in mind, please identify a successful woman business leader who has directly impacted her business community and share why you've identified her as a trailblazer.

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS COMMENTARY

Top undergraduate students compete in this national writing competition centered on exploring business trends, issues and insights. Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, this scholarship 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 $15,000 - $8,000 for the 1st through 5th place winners, and eight honorable mentions will receive $4,000 each to assist with educational expenses for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Essay Topic:

Using The Executive Leadership Council's white paper titled "21st Century Global Leadership: Global Black Leaders Speak" and additional resources, provide your perspective on why rising business leaders should gain global exposure and experience? Specifically, what impact can global experience have on your academic, personal or professional development? Briefly share your plan for how you would expand your global perspecitve by maximixing an opportunity to participate in a global experience (i.e. course study, internship, study abroad program, etc.).

Click link to download The Executive Leadership Council’s white paper: 21st Century Global Leadership: Global Black Leaders Speak

PRAXAIR-BREEDLOVE LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established by Praxair, Inc. to recognize the contributions of ELC member James T. Breedlove, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Praxair, Inc. (retired), who is a strong advocate for diversity talent management and inclusion in the corporate workforce. This is a one-time, need based scholarship award granted to two high achieving undergraduate black students currently enrolled in a STEM curriculum. Two scholarship awardees will receive a one-time scholarship in the amount of $25,000 each to assist with educational expenses for the 2016-2017 academic year

Essay Topic (*):

  1. What challenges have you overcome in achieving your education (i.e. financial, personal, medical, etc.)?  Please share any personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance.
  2. Who is the biggest influencer in your life and what has he/she taught you?
  3. Explain your involvement in leadership type roles (personal or professional)?
  4. Briefly describe your short and long term goals and how you plan to achieve them (academic and career)?
  5. Share how you intend to give back to the black community and make a difference in the world? 
Rules

Standardized Application Requirements

Applicants must complete and submit all application requirements by April 25, 2016 at midnight EST.

Successful applications will be notified by June 3, 2016.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Non-citizens including Permanent Residents are not eligible, even if they anticipate naturalization by the beginning of the program
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in his/her college or university
  • Applicants who are taking stand-alone or continuing education classes are not eligible

Submission Requirements

  • Applicant must meet the criteria described in the scholarship description
  • Applicants may apply to all 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 topic of interest (essay topic will differ for each scholarship)
  • Essays should be 800 (minimum) to 1,000 words (maximum) in length
  • (*) Praxair/Breedlove applicants must submit a short essay (400 words maximum) in length in response to each of the five prompt questions
  • Undergraduate scholarships are open to rising sophomore through rising senior students
  • Eligble applicants must have a 3.5 GPA or higher and demonstrate high academic achievement
  • Applicants must submit an unofficial academic transcript reflecting current standing with the college/university, enrollment and area of study
  • 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 charater
  • Applicants must submit a professional resume that demonstrates campus and/or community involvement/leadership
  • All scholarship recipients are required to attend the all-expenses paid Honors Symposium experience. The Honors Symnposium will be held on October 30th - November 4th in New York, NY and Washington, DC
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