There's Still Time to Become an Emerging Leader

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 12, 2009) – Applications are still being accepted for the University of Kentucky's Emerging Leadership Institute (ELI), an exciting program that helps students develop their leadership potential through a series of programs and real-life experiences.

This highly competitive program, in which 20 to 25 emerging freshmen and sophomores are selected to participate each fall and spring semester, provides a unique opportunity for students to analyze and develop their leadership skills while also enhancing their abilities to network and foster relationships with other students, faculty, staff and community leaders.

In an effort to further potential growth and success, each student is placed into a mentor group, meeting weekly with a UK faculty or staff member. Additionally, students meet with a fellow graduate of ELI to receive support, resources and encouragement in developing their leadership projects.

Students accepted for the institute have always earned three credit hours of elective college credit for their involvement in the program and completion of their leadership projects. This past spring, the program was proud to begin to offer the class for a grade. The course is offered in both the fall and spring semesters.

Applications are currently being accepted for the spring 2010 ELI class. Applications are available here and are due by noon Monday, Oct. 19, to the Center for Student Involvement, room 106 Student Center. For more information about ELI, contact Lauren Goodpaster, leadership and service program director, at or (859) 257-7243.