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Emerging Public Leaders Application

Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) Application

The Riley Institute at Furman

June 16 - 20, 2019

IMPORTANT:  This program is designed for rising high school seniors

Deadline for application is April 15, 2019

Thank you for applying to the Emerging Public Leaders Program. Applications will not be reviewed until all information is complete including all fields below, a school transcript, letter of recommendation, and essays.  

Contact Information:

EPL Project Presentations take place on a Saturday in the spring (March or April).
We make our best effort to avoid proms and other high school functions. 

School Information

Please choose a school liaison for your project. This person may be a teacher, counselor, or principal.  He/she will assist you with your program needs such as securing locations, finding volunteers, and offering encouragement and ideas. This person will not have to handle any stipend money, the stipend will be distributed by the EPL director. 

Curricular Information

Stipend Information

Each EPL student will receive a $250 stipend amount to use only on his/her community service project. Stipends will be distributed after a careful review of each student’s project needs and detailed records and receipts will need to be kept by each EPL student.  


Part A: Please provide a concise assessment of the community in which you currently live.  Discuss its strengths, weaknesses, and any major challenges currently facing the community and its residents. As you think about the kinds of challenges faced, remember that your community is very diverse and includes residents who differ in race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, economic status, etc., and that to reach its full potential, your community must maximize the potential of all its people. 200 word maximum. (Please feel free to include newspaper articles or other related information). 

Part B: Please consider the weaknesses and challenges you discussed in Part A. With these in mind, develop an outline and overview for a student-led service project designed to address any of these weaknesses and challenges. Try to think broadly and beyond the realm of your specific school setting. 500 word maximum.

Part C: Please identify the diversity characteristics of the people you are focusing on in your project, and remember that diversity is not limited to race, but includes many ways in which people are different, for example (as above) race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, economic status, etc. 50 word maximum


  • A dance for senior citizens, so age is a diversity characteristic
  • Translation services for a group of non-English speakers, so culture is a diversity characteristic
  • Encouraging girls to run for class offices, so gender is a diversity characteristic
  • Math tutoring for students who are behind, so attainment is a diversity characteristic
  • An event focused on homeless people, or food drive, etc., so socio-economic status is a diversity characteristic


Application Information

The EPL application is due by April 15, 2019. After completing the above information, please submit an official transcript and letter of reference from someone who can speak to your leadership experience and potential – preferably a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator. Please see below for address. 

You may email this application by clicking “submit” below, or you can print this form and mail it to the following:

Melanie Armstrong
Emerging Public Leaders Program
The Riley Institute at Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC  29613


Questions? Please contact Melanie Armstrong by phone 864-294-3688; by email at

Thank you!