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 ELC opens channels of opportunity for the development of Black executives to positively impact business and our communities.

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 several undergraduate and graduate scholarships which are open to high-achieving Black students attending an accredited college or university in the United States. Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills, and a commitment to community service. In addition to receiving a scholarship award, selected recipients are invited to participate in The ELC’s Honors Symposium.

Each scholarship program has unique eligibility requirements that candidates must meet for consideration. To meet the general eligibility criteria for an ELC scholarship candidates must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Identify as Black, African American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, or other African descent
  • Enrolled in a U.S. accredited college or university
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Not be a dependent of an ELC member

Some undergraduate scholarships are open to high-achieving Black students attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

Students who are currently enrolled in a community college or junior college and have been accepted to an accredited four-year college or university are eligible to apply for undergraduate scholarships.

For more information about the scholarship eligibility please carefully review the eligibility criteria overview and the 2022 ELC Scholarship Program

Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Things to Consider Before Getting Started

Submission Requirements for Undergraduate Scholarships
  • Essay: Applicants must submit well-written responses to all essay components for the Common App Essay Questions (6) and Corporate Essay Questions (2) as outlined per scholarship. (Note- Industry Essay Questions may differ for each scholarship program.)
  • Unofficial Academic Transcript: Applicants must submit an unofficial academic transcript reflecting current standing with their college/university, enrollment status, and field of study. Finalist applicants will be required to submit an official transcript at the time of the award.
  • Affidavit: Applicants must agree to the terms of the electronic affidavit.
  • Recommendation Form: Applicants will submit the name and contact information for a professor, faculty, OR staff member to complete a short electronic recommendation form.
  • Supplemental Documents: Financial Aid Award Summary Letter, Resume, Brief Personal Biography, and Professional Headshot Photos.
  • Honors Symposium Participation: Scholarship recipients are required to attend the ELC Honors Symposium, a professional development series designed for ELC Scholars. The in-person portion of the Honors Symposium will be held in October in Washington, DC.

For more information about the scholarship eligibility please carefully review the eligibility criteria overview and the 2022 ELC Scholarship Program

Deadline: Applicants must complete and submit all application requirements by January 31, 2022, no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT. Selected Scholars will be notified no later than June 15, 2022.

Graduate Scholarship Program

Things to Consider Before Getting Started

Submission Requirements for Graduate Scholarships

  • Statement of Academic Purpose: Applicants must submit a copy of the Statement of Academic Purpose/Personal Statement/or general essay submitted as part of the graduate program application
  • Essay: Applicants must submit well-written responses to all essay components for the Common App Essay Question and Corporate Essay Questions as outlined per scholarship. (Note- Industry Essay Questions may differ for each scholarship program.)
  • Unofficial Academic Transcript: Applicants must submit an unofficial academic transcript reflecting current standing with their college/university, enrollment status, and field of study. Finalist applicants will be required to submit an official transcript at the time of the award.
  • Affidavit: Applicants must agree to the terms of the electronic affidavit.
  • Recommendation Form: Applicants will submit the name and contact information for a professor, faculty, OR staff member to complete a short electronic recommendation form.
  • Supplemental Documents: Financial Aid Award Summary Letter, Resume, Brief Personal Biography, and Professional Headshot Photos.
  • Honors Symposium Participation: Scholarship recipients are required to attend the ELC Honors Symposium, a professional development series designed for ELC Scholars. The in-person portion of the Honors Symposium will be held in October in Washington, DC.

For more information about the scholarship eligibility please carefully review the eligibility criteria overview and the 2022 ELC Scholarship Program

Deadline: Applicants must complete and submit all application requirements by April 14, 2022, no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT. Selected Scholars will be notified no later than June 15, 2022.

ELC Scholars

Undergraduate Scholarships

Applicants must complete and submit all application requirements by January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.
Successful applications will be notified by June 15, 2022.

CLICK ON EACH SCHOLARSHIP TO VIEW THE REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY

Alvaro L. Martins Scholarship

ELC Signature Scholarship

The Alvaro L. Martins Scholarship was created in honor of The Executive Leadership Council’s first President and CEO and noted founding member. The Alvaro L. Martins Scholarship is open to ambitious undergraduate Black male students who are enrolled in one of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). 

Three (3) scholarship awardees will receive a two-year, need-based scholarship in the amount of $10,000 per year to assist with educational expenses for the upcoming academic year(s). The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of the academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s), if applicable.

Institution Type: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
GPA Requirement: 2.3 - 2.79
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Sophomore, Junior or Senior
Major: Open to all majors 
Award Amount: $10,000 per academic
Award Length: 2-year scholarship award

Essay Questions:

  1. Both the national and global climate have led Corporations to adopt mission centered core values such as stewardship, human compassion, integrity, passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion, collaboration, leadership, and respect to name a few. Please share your personal core values and explain their importance in driving your academic and future career aspirations.
  2. How can Corporations improve their brand, social presence, community engagement and user experience to ensure an optimal candidate experience for millennials/Generation Z? In your opinion, what Corporations set the standard as it pertains to creating an optimal candidate experience for millennials/Generation Z? Is this response based on your personal experience or what you have seen via social media or through peer experience?

Ann Fudge Scholarship

ELC Signature Scholarship

Named for the first woman chair of The Executive Leadership Council and former chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, the Ann Fudge Scholarship is open to ambitious undergraduate  Black  female students who are enrolled in one of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). 

Three (3) scholarship awardees will receive a two-year, need-based scholarship in the amount of $10,000 per year to assist with educational expenses for the upcoming academic year(s). The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters.  Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of the academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s), if applicable.

Institution Type: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
GPA Requirement: 2.3 - 2.79 
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Sophomore, Junior or Senior
Major: Open to all majors
Award Amount: $10,000 per academic year 
Award Length: 2-year scholarship award

Essay Questions:

  1. Both the national and global climate have led Corporations to adopt mission centered core values such as stewardship, human compassion, integrity, passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion, collaboration, leadership, and respect to name a few. Please share your personal core values and explain their importance in driving your academic and future career aspirations.
  2. How can Corporations improve their brand, social presence, community engagement and user experience to ensure an optimal candidate experience for millennials/Generation Z? In your opinion, what Corporations set the standard as it pertains to creating an optimal candidate experience for millennials/Generation Z? Is this response based on your personal experience or what you have seen via social media or through peer experience?

Award for Excellence in Business Commentary Scholarship 

Award for Excellence in Business Commentary Scholarship Program

Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, this scholarship program is open to high achieving undergraduate black students attending a four-year college or university. Ten (10) scholarship awardees will receive a one-time scholarship ranging between $7,000 - $14,000 to assist with educational expenses for the 2020-2021 academic year. Scholarship awards that exceed $10,000 will be disbursed in the fall and spring semesters.

Institution Type: Accredited four-year college 
GPA Requirement: 2.8 GPA or higher
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Sophomore, Junior or Senior
Major: Open to all majors, preference given to business related disciplines
Award Amount: $10,000 per academic year
Amount Length: 1-year scholarship award

Essay Questions:

  1. Both the national and global climate have led Corporations to adopt mission centered core values such as stewardship, human compassion, integrity, passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion, collaboration, leadership, and respect to name a few. Please share your personal core values and explain their importance in driving your academic and future career aspirations.
  2. How can organizations encourage more women and minorities to pursue a degree/career in STEM fields?

Bank of America Power to Soar Scholarship

Bank of America Power to Soar

Sponsored by Bank of America, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students who are enrolled in one of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Six (6) scholarship awardees will receive a two-year, need based scholarship in the amount of $11,350 per year to assist with educational expenses for the upcoming academic year. The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of the academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s).

Institution Type: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
GPA Requirement: 3.2 GPA or higher
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Sophomore or Junior
Major: Open to all majors, preference given to finance and technology related disciplines
Award Amount: $11,350 per academic year
Award Length: 2-year scholarship award
Internship: Opportunity for internship considered. Placement is not guaranteed

Essay Questions

  1. As a “Bank of Opportunity” Bank of America’s brand campaign positioning is “what would you like the power to do?” What is your super power and what small causes do you or would you champion to create great effect in the world personally, professional and ambitions for social impact?
  2. Most companies and organizations are managed around a set of core values. What are your personal core values? Explain how they drive your life’s choices.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Scholarship Program

Bristol-Myers Squibb Scholarship Program

Sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students who are enrolled in an accredited four-year college pursuing a degree in a business or STEM-related field.

Six (6) scholarship awardees will receive a two-year, need based scholarship in the amount of $10,000 per year to assist with educational expenses for the upcoming academic year(s). The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of the academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s), if applicable.

Institution Type: Accredited four-year college 
GPA Requirement: 3.2 GPA or higher 
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Sophomore, Junior or Senior
Major: Business or STEM
Award Amount: $10,000 per academic year 
Award Length: 2-year scholarship award
Internship: Opportunity for internship considered. Placement is not guaranteed.

Essay Questions:

  1. Please share your perspective on the importance of diversity and inclusion and the impact on health inequities.
  2. How can organizations encourage more women and minorities to pursue a degree/career in STEM fields?

Brunswick Corporation Undergraduate Scholarship

Brunswick Corporation Undergraduate Scholarship

Sponsored by the Brunswick Corporation, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students who are enrolled in an accredited four-year college pursuing a degree in STEM or marketing. There will be a preference for applicants from the following institutions: Chicago State University, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lake Forest College or Loyola University Chicago. This scholarship opportunity is open to rising juniors currently classified as sophomores at the time of their application submission.

Two (2) scholarship awardees will receive a two-year, need-based scholarship in the amount of $12,000 per year to assist with educational expenses for two academic years. The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters.

Selected scholarship recipients will also receive the opportunity to intern with Brunswick Corporation at Brunswick’s headquarters office in the Chicago metropolitan area during the summer of the Scholar’s rising junior year and/or summer of the Scholar’s rising senior year. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of the academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s).

Eligible Institutions: Accredited four-year college
preference given to students attending Chicago State University, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lake Forest College or Loyola University Chicago
GPA Requirement: 3.0 GPA or higher
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Junior
Major: STEM or marketing
Award Amount: $12,000 per academic year
Award Length: 2-year scholarship award
Internship: Includes internship placement summer of junior or senior year

Essay Questions

  1. How has the boating industry grown to record highs in 2020
  2. How has Brunswick led the way to attract new boaters - more women, more minorities and more families to the water?

Chevron Executive Leadership Council Scholarship

Chevron Executive Leadership Council Scholarship

Sponsored by Chevron, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students who are enrolled in an accredited four-year college and pursue a degree in business or STEM. This scholarship opportunity is open to rising sophomores currently classified as freshmen at the time of their application submission.

Five (5) scholarship awardees will receive a three-year, need-based scholarship in the amount of $20,000 per year to assist with educational expenses for three academic years. The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of each academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s).

Institution Type: Accredited four-year college
GPA Requirement: 3.0 GPA or higher
Classification: Rising Sophomore
Major: Business or STEM
Award Amount: $20,000 per academic year
Award Length: 3-year scholarship award
Internship: Opportunity for internship considered. Placement is not guaranteed

Essay Questions

  1. Describe how the oil industry shows up as an integral part of your everyday life
  2. What aspects of Chevron's diversity and inclusion efforts resonates with you the most and why?

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Scholarship

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Scholarship

Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students enrolled in an accredited four-year college pursuing a degree in a business or STEM-related field. This scholarship is open to rising juniors currently classified as sophomores at the time of their application submission.

Five (5) scholarship awardees will receive a two-year, need-based scholarship in the amount of $8,245 per year to assist with educational expenses for two academic years. The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of the academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s).

Institution Type: Accredited four-year college
GPA Requirement: 3.0 GPA or higher
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Junior
Major: Business or STEM majors
Award Amount: $8,245 per academic year
Award Length: 2-year scholarship award
Internship: Opportunity for internship considered. Placement is not guaranteed

Essay Questions

  1. We believe in the power of "Yes we can"; What do you see as one of today's key challenges that could be solved by leveraging the power of a team?
  2. We believe in being a force for good; How do you envision utilizing your unique skills and experience to be a force for good within the community?

HSBC Scholarship

HSBC Scholarship

Sponsored by HSBC Bank USA, N.A, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students enrolled in an accredited four-year college pursuing a degree in a business or STEM-related field. This scholarship is open to rising sophomores and juniors currently classified as freshmen and sophomores at the time of their application submission.

Eight (8) scholarship awardees will receive a one-time, need-based scholarship in the amount of $17,500 to assist with educational expenses for the upcoming academic year. The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters.

Institution Type: Accredited four-year college
GPA Requirement: 3.2 GPA or higher
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Sophomore or Junior
Major: Finance or STEM majors
Award Amount: $17,500
Award Length: 1-year scholarship award
Internship: Opportunity for internship considered. Placement is not guaranteed

Essay Questions

  1. Please share your perspective on the importance of diversity and inclusion and the value of diverse collaboration to impact product innovation?
  2. How can Corporations improve their brand, social presence, community engagement and user experience to ensure an optimal candidate experience for millennials/Generation Z? In your opinion, what Corporations set the standard as it pertains to creating an optimal candidate experience for millennials/Generation Z? Is this response based on your personal experience or what you have seen via social media or through peer experience?

Johnson & Johnson Scholarship

Johnson & Johnson Scholarship

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students enrolled in an accredited four-year college pursuing a degree in business, STEM or health-related fields. This scholarship is open to rising juniors currently classified as sophomores at the time of their application submission.

Ten (10) scholarship awardees will receive a two-year, need-based scholarship in the amount of $8,000 per year to assist with educational expenses for two academic years. The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of the academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s). Selected scholarship recipients will also receive the opportunity to intern with Johnson & Johnson during the summer of the Scholar’s rising junior year and/or summer of the Scholar’s rising senior year.

Institution Type: Accredited four-year college
GPA Requirement: 3.0 GPA or higher
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Junior Major: Business, STEM or health-related majors Award Amount: $8,000 per academic year
Award Length: 2-year scholarship award
Internship: Scholarship requires educational work-study during summer of junior or senior year

Essay Questions:

  1. Johnson & Johnson aspires to help eradicate racial and social injustice as a public health threat by eliminating health inequities for people of color. What solutions would you suggest to promote greater health equity and how could you help?
  2. The values that guide decision-making at J&J are spelled out in Our Credo. Simply put, Our Credo challenges us to put the needs and well-being of the people we serve first. What are your top 3 core values, how do they align to the J&J Credo, and how do they shape the leader that you will be in the future?

Linde Engineers of Tomorrow Scholarship Program

Linde Engineers of Tomorrow Scholarship

Sponsored by Linde, this scholarship is awarded to high achieving undergraduate Black students enrolled in an accredited four-year college pursuing a degree in mechanical or chemical engineering fields.

Three (3) scholarship awardees will receive a two-year, need-based scholarship in the amount of $10,000 per year to assist with educational expenses for the upcoming academic year(s). The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of the academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s).

Institution Type: Accredited four-year college
GPA Requirement: 3.0 GPA or higher
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Sophomore, Junior or Senior
Major: Mechanical or Chemical Engineering
Award Amount: $10,000 per academic year
Award Length: 2-year scholarship award
Internship: Opportunity for internship considered. Placement is not guaranteed

Essay Questions:

  1. Addressing climate change is a critical problem globally. How do you view the roles of companies, governments and individuals for this world issue?
  2. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed significant healthcare disparities in the US population. How can corporations who have participated in the healthcare industry, including vaccine development, develop strategies to ensure that there is equity in healthcare.

Moody's Ray McDaniel Scholarship

Moody's Ray McDaniel Scholarship

Sponsored by Moody’s, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students enrolled in an accredited four-year college pursuing a degree in a business or STEM-related field. This scholarship is open to rising sophomores currently classified as freshmen at the time of their application submission.

Eight (8) scholarship awardees will receive a three-year, need-based scholarship in the amount of $10,000 per year to assist with educational expenses for three academic years. The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of each academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s).

Institution Type: Accredited four-year college
GPA Requirement: 3.0 GPA or higher
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Sophomore
Major: Business or STEM
Award Amount: $10,000 per academic year
Award Length: 3-year scholarship award
Internship: Opportunity for internship considered. Placement is not guaranteed.

Essay Questions:

  1. Please share your perspective on the importance of diversity and inclusion and the value of diverse collaboration to impact customer-centric product innovation.
  2. What are some ways organizations can encourage and support more women and minorities to pursue a degree/career in FinTech and STEM fields?

Nationwide Future Leaders Scholarship

Nationwide’s Future Leaders Scholarship Program

Sponsored by Nationwide, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students enrolled in an accredited four-year college pursuing a degree in Risk Management and Insurance, Data Analytics, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, and other business disciplines, IT/Technology, Actuarial Science, HR/Organizational Development, Cybersecurity, Computer Information Systems or related fields to the aforementioned areas. This scholarship is open to rising sophomores currently classified as freshmen at the time of their application submission.

Five (5) scholarship awardees will receive a two-year, need-based scholarship in the amount of $12,000 per year to assist with educational expenses for two academic years. The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of the academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s).

Institution Type: Accredited four-year college
GPA Requirement: 3.0 GPA or higher 
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Sophomore
Major: Risk Management and Insurance, Data Analytics, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, and other business disciplines, IT/Technology, Actuarial Science, HR/Organizational Development, Cybersecurity, Computer Information Systems or related fields 
Award Amount: $12,000 per academic year 
Award Length: 2-year scholarship award 
Internship: Opportunity for internship considered. Placement is not guaranteed.

Essay Questions:

  1. Why do you deserve the Nationwide scholarship?
  2. Using your campus as a baseline, how could Corporations improve their outreach, presence, and recruitment strategies to increase hiring opportunities for undergraduates?

Otsuka Scholarship

Otsuka Scholarship

Sponsored by Otsuka, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students enrolled in an accredited four-year college pursuing a degree in a business or STEM-related field. This scholarship is open to rising juniors and seniors currently classified as sophomores and juniors at the time of their application submission.

Two (2) scholarship awardees will receive a two-year, need-based scholarship in the amount of $10,000 per year to assist with educational expenses for the upcoming academic year(s). The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of the academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s).

Institution Type: Accredited four-year college
GPA Requirement: 3.0 GPA or higher
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Junior or Senior
Major: Business or STEM, preference given to students pursuing Business, Psychology, Human Resources, Information Technology/Computer Science, Engineering (Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical), Mathematics/Statistics, Data & Analytics, Finance, Marketing, Bioengineering degrees.
Award Amount: $10, 000 per academic year
Award Length: 2-year scholarship award
Internship: Opportunity for internship considered. Placement is not guaranteed.

Essay Questions:

  1. Based on your major, share your connection/perspective to the pharmaceutical industry and opportunities for impact from a DEI lens, including the impact you hope to have in the future.
  2. How can Corporations improve their brand, social presence, community engagement and user experience to ensure an optimal candidate experience for millennials/Generation Z? In your opinion, what Corporations set the standard as it pertains to creating an optimal candidate experience for millennials/Generation Z? Is this response based on your personal experience or what you have seen via social media or through peer experience?

Protecting Black Voices Scholarship

ELC Signature Scholarship

The Protecting Black Voices Scholarship was created to support students committed to civic responsibility and community engagement. This scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students enrolled in an accredited four-year college pursuing a degree in history, political science, communications, media, journalism or related majors.

Two (2) scholarship awardees will receive a two-year, need-based scholarship in the amount of $10,000 per year to assist with educational expenses for the upcoming academic year(s). The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of the academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s), if applicable.

Institution Type: Accredited four-year college
GPA Requirement: 3.0 GPA or higher
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Sophomore, Junior or Senior
Major: History, Political Science, Communications, Media, Journalism
Award Amount: $10,000 per academic year
Award Length: 2-year scholarship award

Essay Questions:

  1. Tell us about a time when you have had a belief or idea challenged.
  2. If you had the opportunity to get involved with a project or organization that addresses a contemporary social issue, what issue would you address and why?

Synchrony Scholarship

Synchrony Scholarship

Sponsored by Synchrony, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate Black students enrolled in an accredited four-year college. This scholarship is open to rising juniors and seniors currently classified as sophomores and juniors at the time of their application submission.

Six (6) scholarship awardees will receive a two-year, need-based scholarship in the amount of $10,000 per year to assist with educational expenses for the upcoming academic year(s). The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of the academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s), if applicable.

Institution Type: Accredited four-year college
GPA Requirement: 3.0 GPA or higher
Fall 2022 Classification: Rising Junior or Senior
Major: open to all majors
Award Amount: $10,000 per academic year
Award Length: 2-year scholarship award
Internship: Opportunity for internship considered. Placement is not guaranteed

Essay Questions:

  1. Besides financial, what other resources do you feel students need in order to be able to complete college and be prepared to enter their post-college years?
  2. Using your campus as a baseline, how can corporations improve their outreach, presence and recruitment strategies to prepare students for work and increase hiring opportunities for undergraduates?

ELC Graduate Scholarship Program

In 2022, The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) will host two graduate scholarship programs each sponsored by  and award a total of six (6) scholarships to graduate students 

The top three finalist teams present their work in Houston before a panel of corporate, non-profit, academic and policy leaders.

Application Available February 15, 2022 - April 15, 2022

CLICK ON EACH SCHOLARSHIP TO VIEW THE REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY

Otsuka Graduate Scholarship

Otsuka Scholarship

Sponsored by Otsuka, this scholarship is awarded to high-achieving graduate Black students pursuing an advanced degree in a business or STEM-related field. This scholarship is open to incoming and current graduate students.

Four (4) scholarship awardees will receive a two-year, need-based scholarship in the amount of $10,000 per year to assist with educational expenses for the upcoming academic year(s). The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college or university and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of the academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s).

Program Level: Graduate (ex: MA, MBA, J.D., PhD)
GPA Requirement: 3.0 GPA or higher
Fall 2022 Classification: incoming or current graduate student
Area of focus: Business or STEM, preference given to students pursuing a graduate degree in Business, Psychology, Human Resources, Information Technology/Computer Science, Engineering (Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical), Mathematics/Statistics, Data & Analytics, Finance, Marketing, and Bioengineering degrees.
Award Amount: $10,000 per academic year
Award Length: 2- year scholarship award
Internship: Opportunity for internship considered. Placement is not guaranteed.

Protecting Black Voices Graduate Scholarship

ELC Signature Scholarship

The Protecting Black Voices Scholarship was created to support students committed to civic responsibility and community engagement. This scholarship is awarded to high-achieving graduate Black students pursuing an advanced degree in History, Political Science, Communications, Media, Journalism or related fields. This scholarship is open to incoming and current graduate students.

The Protecting Black Voices Scholarship was creaTwo (2) scholarship awardees will receive a two-year, need-based scholarship in the amount of $10,000 per year to assist with educational expenses for the upcoming academic year(s). The scholarship will be paid directly to the awardees’ college or university and will be disbursed in equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Scholars will be required to resubmit their transcripts and meet the GPA criteria at the end of the academic year to renew the award for the subsequent academic year(s), if applicable.ted to support students committed to civic responsibility and community engagement. This scholarship is awarded to high-achieving graduate Black students pursuing an advanced degree in History, Political Science, Communications, Media, Journalism or related fields. This scholarship is open to incoming and current graduate students.

Program Level: Graduate (ex: MA, MBA, J.D., PhD)
GPA Requirement: 3.0 GPA or higher
Fall 2022 Classification: incoming or current graduate student
Area of focus: History, Political Science, Communications, Media, Journalism
Award Amount: $10,000 per academic year
Award Length: 2- year scholarship award

The Honors Symposium

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 ELC Honors Symposium is a multi-day professional development experience comprising of a series of workshops and meetings that prepare ELC Scholars to contribute their talents in the workplace effectively.

At the Honors Symposium, you can expect:

  • A series of professional development seminars and keynote sessions featuring notable business and community leaders.
  • Virtual and in-person networking opportunities with other ELC Scholars as well as ELC members, senior-level executives, and other prominent global Black business leaders.
  • Opportunities to attend powerful virtual and in-person sessions facilitated by Black leaders via ELC’s Institute for Leadership Development. These are “for us, by us” conversations about navigating the corporate world as Black leaders.

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.

How to Apply

1. Register

Click on the Register button to complete and submit the registration form.

2. Login

Login to the Scholarship system with your email and password.

3. Create

Create your online Application. Review and accept the eligibility requirements.

4. Save

Before the application deadline, your application can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the category tab when the application is saved. Please ensure that all attachments are in Acrobat PDF format. At any time, you can download and print your application by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section.

5. Submit

On completion, save your Application as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your application for your records by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section in the right column. Note: If an update is required prior to the Call for Application close, you can make the update and resave as FINAL.

Contact:
ELC Scholarship Team
scholarships@elcinfo.com

ELC Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Are you currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college as an undergraduate student or a graduate program?
  • UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS: ELC Undergraduate Scholarships are available to applicants currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college. High school seniors and graduate students are not eligible to apply for undergraduate scholarships.
  • GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS: ELC Graduate Scholarships are available to incoming or current graduate students as of Fall 2022. Applicants not enrolled in a graduate program are still eligible to submit an application but must have admission into a graduate program during the Fall of 2022 by the time of the scholarship award notification in May 2022.
Are you a U.S. Citizen?
  • ELC Scholarships are available to U.S citizens residing in and attending school in the U.S. International students and non-citizens are not eligible.
Are you Black, African American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, or other African descent?
  • ELC Scholarships are designed for students of African descent. One of the ELC’s missions is to increase the number of successful Black executives by granting opportunities that add value to their development, leadership, academic, and philanthropic endeavors. One way we accomplish this mission is by offering scholarships to students of the African American community.
Do you intend to apply for need-based financial aid?
  • UNDERGRADUATE: If FAFSA declares an applicant eligible for aid, the applicant is eligible for ELC Scholarships. We want to ensure that scholarships are awarded to students who need it. All ELC Scholarships are need-based.
  • GRADUATE: Applicants applying for any graduate program funding or loans including federal student loans, private loans, and grants are eligible to apply for an ELC Scholarship.
Will you be studying abroad during Fall 2022?
  • ELC Scholars must be available to attend Honors Symposium and other recognition events to be held in October in Washington D.C. (Travel expenses and lodging will be provided by The Executive Leadership Council.) 
Are you a past recipient of an ELC Scholarship?
  • Past scholarship recipients are ineligible to reapply for ELC Undergraduate Scholarships.
  • However, past scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for ELC Graduate Scholarships.
Are you a dependent of an ELC Member?
  • If your parent or guardian is an existing member of the ELC, you are ineligible to apply for the ELC Scholarship Program.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ELC Scholarship Application Form

Eligibility Form

If I made a mistake in the eligibility form, can I withdraw my application, then restart?
  • If you made a mistake, please send an email to scholarships@elcinfo.com. Once you start an application with your email, you will not be able to start over.
  • Subject Line: ELC Scholarship Application – Eligibility Form
Is classification defined by credit hours or graduation year?
  • Classification is determined by graduation year.
Does my major matter?
  • For certain scholarships, yes. For example, there are scholarships open to STEM majors only. Be sure to read each scholarship’s criteria.
Are ELC Scholarships only open to HBCU’s and state schools?
  • No. ELC Scholarships vary by institution type. The majority of awards offered accept applicants from any accredited college in the U.S. Be sure to read each scholarship’s criteria.

General

How many scholarships can I apply for? Even if I am eligible for most of them?
  • UNDERGRADUATE: Applicants can apply for up to three (3) scholarships and if selected, will only receive one (1) award.
  • GRADUATE: Applicants can apply for all available awards.
Do I have to complete all the essay questions?
  • UNDERGRADUATE: Yes. Applicants are required to answer six (6) general essay questions and two (2) corporate essay questions that are specific to an individual scholarship.
  • GRADUATE: Yes, Applicants are required to answer all essay questions and upload a copy of the Statement of Purpose submitted as part of the graduate program.
Will the optional items such as extracurricular activities and resume, if included, help my chances of winning the scholarship?
  • Please note, we take every aspect of your application into consideration.
Do I have a better chance at winning the scholarship if I use the entire 300-word count for each essay question?
  • No. Applicants will be evaluated on readability, sentence structure, grammar , and content. 
If I applied in the past and did not receive a scholarship, can I apply again?
  • Yes, we strongly encourage you to try again as long as you still meet the eligibility criteria.
If transferring for the fall semester, do I list the current school or the school I am transferring to?
  • List the school you are enrolled in at the time of your application. If you are accepted by another accredited institution and plan to transfer by the fall semester, you must e-mail scholarships@elcinfo.com to update your application as soon as possible.
  • Subject Line: ELC Scholarship Application – School Transfer
Am I ineligible if my recommender does not respond? Can I change my recommender if my first choice does not respond?
  • Yes, it is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure that your recommender submits the recommendation form on time. Applications without this requirement will be disqualified from the selection process. All recommendation forms are due two weeks past the deadline.
  • Yes, you can change your recommender.
Can I update my application post-submission?
  • Yes, if you need to update your application after submission, you must e-mail scholarships@elcinfo.com prior to the application deadline.
  • Subject Line: ELC Scholarship Application – Update Application
Can I withdraw my application?
  • Yes, you can withdraw your scholarship application by sending a request to scholarships@elcinfo.com.
  • Subject Line: ELC Scholarship Application - Withdraw

Financial Aid

Do I have to apply for FAFSA to apply for ELC?
  • Yes, you have to apply for need-based financial aid. If you are ineligible for aid, you are ineligible for ELC scholarships.
What if there is a change to my FAFSA status after I have applied for a scholarship?
  • If there is a change to your FAFSA status, send an email to scholarships@elcinfo.com prior to the application deadline.
  • Subject Line: ELC Scholarship Application – FAFSA Status
What if my school sends out financial aid awards after the application deadline and I am not sure if I am in financial jeopardy?
  • E-mail scholarships@elcinfo.com with the official date you are expecting the financial aid award prior to the application deadline.
  • Subject Line: ELC Scholarship Application – Financial Aid Award
When will the money be awarded by?
  • Scholarship award distribution will take place during the summer and winter before the Fall and Spring semesters start.

Honors Symposium

What is Honors Symposium?
  • Honors Symposium is a multi-day professional development experience comprising of a series of workshops and meetings that prepare ELC Scholars to contribute their talents in the workplace effectively. This experience takes place virtually and in person in Washington D.C.
Do I have to attend Honors Symposium?
  • Yes, Honors Symposium is a requirement of accepting the ELC Scholarship.

Corporate Sponsors

Will I get to network with my scholarship sponsor?
  • All Scholars are invited to network with sponsors throughout Honors Symposium. All Scholarship cohorts are guaranteed a Cohort Convening hosted by the scholarship sponsor except ELC Signature Scholarships. (The ELC Signature Scholarships will be offered other opportunities to network with multiple sponsors.)
Am I guaranteed an internship and/or employment with my corporate sponsor?
  • No, not all scholarships guarantee placement for an internship and/or employment. Be sure to read each scholarship’s criteria.

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Key Dates

Application Open - December 1, 2021
Application Deadline - January 31, 2022
Scholarship Award Notification - June 15, 2022

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Washington, DC 20005
Email: scholarships@elcinfo.com

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