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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 16 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, and planning for the implementation of a service project. New curriculum will include sessions that address leadership in diverse settings, the importance of different perspectives when making decisions, and how valuing and understanding differences among each other leads to a stronger South Carolina.

EPL will take place June 21 – 25, 2020. Counselors will be paid $400 for the week with all lodging, food, and activities paid for by the Riley Institute. This is a life-changing experience where counselors and students have the unique opportunity to meet with a vast number of community leaders along with Secretary Riley. If interested, please fill out the application below and return to EPL Director Melanie Armstrong (  



Question 1: You are in charge of an icebreaker activity in order to build the relationships amongst the EPL students. What activity would you do for the 24 students?

Question 2: An EPL student doesn’t want to participate in an activity and is exhibiting an overall negative attitude, and their negative attitude is affecting the group. How do you address this?

Question 3: You are in charge of a fun nighttime activity/game. These are important for building morale and an esprit de corps among the students. What activity would you choose and why? (you have a budget of $100)

The application is due by Tuesday, March 10, 2020.  You may email this application by clicking “submit” below:

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! We look forward to your application!