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.
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 five undergraduate scholarship programs:
- three are designed for students pursuing degrees in business
- one is designed for students currently enrolled in a mechanical or chemical engineering program
- one is designed for students pursuing degrees in business, insurance and risk management, or a related field
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.
The Honors Symposium introduces 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 four-day professional development experience comprising a series of events and meetings that connect and expose The ELC’s scholarship recipients to leading corporate executives and hiring managers from major global corporations. During this experience, the scholarship recipients participate in career development opportunities and enriching social activities.
The scholars also attend The ELC’s Annual Recognition Gala where they are recognized on stage before an audience of more than 2,000 corporate, education, civic and community leaders.
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 500 (minimum) to 800 (maximum) words in length.
Special Note: Praxair Engineers of Tomorrow Scholarship applicants must submit a short essay (400 words maximum) in response to each of the four prompt questions.
Nationwide's Future Leaders Scholarship applicants must submit a short essay (400 words maximum) in response to each of the four prompt questions.
Each applicant must submit a 3 - 5 minute video answering the following questions:
- What differentiates you from the other applicants and how have your experiences shaped you as an individual?
- What is your vision and strategy for becoming a future black business leader?
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 open to high achieving undergraduate black male students attending one of the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Fifteen scholarship awardees will receive a one-time scholarship in the amount of $7,000 each to assist with educational expenses for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Essay Topic: As a founding member of The ELC, 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 are still evident today, 30 years later, through the many initiatives of The ELC.
As you prepare for the future, how has your passion and/or purpose influenced 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. Fifteen scholarship awardees will receive a one-time scholarship in the amount of $7,000 each to assist with educational expenses for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Essay Topic: As an aspiring black woman business leader, it is important to understand the following statistics related to financial well-being:
- Black women working full-time earn $0.68 for every dollar earned by white men (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- The net worth of black households in the U.S. is less than 15% that of white households (Source: Federal Reserve Board)
- In 2013, the average household wealth for black families in the U.S. was $85,000, and It is projected by 2043 the wealth of black households will only increase by $765 per year to $107,950 (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)
What factors and trends do you think have contributed to the earning and wealth gap for black women? As you enter the workforce over the next several years and begin to have significant earnings and income, what action(s) can you take to improve your financial knowledge and well-being both in the short and long term? What information do you think would be helpful to share with your peers to increase their financial literacy?
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. Fifteen scholarship awardees will receive a one-time scholarship ranging between $5,000 - $12,000 for the 1 st through 3 rd place winners, and $5,000 each for twelve additional scholars to assist with educational expenses for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Essay Topic: The ELC 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 the key business principles that are most important in your selection process. What are the factors that are critical to your decision making process? Examples: the organization’s reputation, development opportunities within a company, the product or service the company provides, etc.
What types of positions would you be interested in post-graduation and does the geographic location of an opportunity matter (domestic and international)?
Praxair Engineers of Tomorrow Scholarship
This scholarship was 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 black 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 2018-2019 academic year.
- What challenges have you overcome in achieving your undergraduate education?
- Who or what influenced you to pursue a career in the engineering field? Whom do you consider a trailblazer in the engineering industry? Please explain.
- Briefly describe your short and long-term goals (academic and career goals). How do you plan to achieve them?
- Please describe the types of leadership roles you have experienced? How do you intend on being a leader in your community?
Nationwide’s Future Leaders Scholarship
This scholarship program, established with a donation from Nationwide, will provide scholarship awards to high achieving black students who are pursuing degrees in business, insurance and risk management, or a related field. Ten scholarship awardees will receive a one- time, need-based scholarship in the amount of $12,000 each to assist with educational expenses for the 2018 – 2019 academic year.
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- What factors influence you when deciding on a profession/career after college?
- What does Nationwide currently offer that makes the company attractive to you as a potential employer?
- What suggestions can you provide to improve Nationwide’s brand, social presence, community engagement and user experience to ensure an optimal candidate experience for millennials/Generation Z?
- Please share your perspective on the importance of diverse collaboration and its impact on product innovation?