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Emerging Public Leaders

EPL in the News

News stories about Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) participants are grouped together by the year in which they
participated in the EPL program. If you click on the year, the link will take you to that year's homepage. 

Program Sponsors

Emerging Public Leaders' Sponsors 

Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) , a program of the Riley Institute at Furman, is made possible with generous support from the following individuals/organizations. 

Many thanks to all of you!

Online Giving to EPL

Thank you for supporting The Riley Institute’s Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) program. Your gift will help us continue this worthwhile experience for high school students and their communities. Please make sure to choose “Riley Emerging Public Leaders Program” from the drop-down menu on the giving form.

To access the online giving form, please click here

EPL Application

Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) Application

Important: This program is designed for current high school juniors

Applications will not be reviewed until all information is complete and the following is received:

  • Application - application process is closed
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Official School transcripts — faxed, emailed or mailed to:

Melanie Armstrong

EPL Participant Forms

Required forms to attend the Emerging Public Leaders Program 
June 18-23, 2017


EPL Counselor Application

The Riley Institute is looking for energetic, honest, and involved counselors for its Emerging Public Leaders Program (EPL).  EPL, launched in 2003 by the Riley Institute, is an intensive, statewide, and service-oriented leadership program for 24 rising high school seniors across South Carolina. EPL students convene for a week on campus each June where they investigate topics such as engaging in the community, analyzing critical issues, practicing ethical leadership, developing communication and presentation skills

Emerging Public Leaders Class of 2017-18

The Riley Institute at Furman will welcome the 2017-18 Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) to Furman's campus June 18-23, 2017 for a week filled with activities and opportunities to learn about public leadership.

Eighteen rising high school seniors from across South Carolina have been accepted for EPL's 15th class, bringing the total number of students who have participated in the program to 228. For the Schedule of Activities, click here.

Emerging Public Leaders Class of 2016-17

The Riley Institute at Furman welcomed the 2016-17 Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) to Furman's campus June 19-24, 2016 for a week filled with activities and opportunities to learn about public leadership. This year's participants came from various high schools throughout South Carolina. For the Schedule of Activities, click here.

To view each student's project description by region, click here.