Q: What is ELI?

A: The Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) is a week-long youth entrepreneurial leadership program for students in grades 9-11 throughout Eastern Kentucky. Students spend a week at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY. Students stay at the Courtyard by Marriott located adjacent to The Center.

Q: How does a student get selected for the program?

A: The Center for Rural Development serves 45 counties throughout Southern and Eastern Kentucky. The Center selects 25 students from its service area to attend the program.

Q: What grade level do I have to be in?

A: The program is for students currently in the grades 9-11.

Q: What are the academic requirements?

A: You have to have a minimum B average or 3.0 GPA in order to apply.

Q: Do I get a scholarship for participating in this program.

A: Maybe. The week concludes with a Business Concept Competition. Every member of the winning team receives a $16,000 ($4,000 per year) scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University.

Q: Do I have to be a first generation college student in order to apply?

A: No.

Q: Is the program financially based?

A: No.

Q: Does the program cost anything?

A: No. If you get selected for the program, everything is provided at no cost. You just have to get to and from camp.

Q: Is it an open admission program? Do you automatically get in just by filling out the application?

A: No. It is competitive. Only 25 students are selected for the program.

Q: Can I attend the program more than once?

A: No.



Q: What happens when I am done with an assignment on the application?  

A: Make sure to click the “Mark as done” or “Turn it in” button when you are done with an assignment.

Q: What If I realize I’ve made a mistake on an assignment and I’ve already turned it in?

A: You can click “unsubmit” and fix your mistake. Make sure to click the “Mark as done” or “Turn it in” button again when you are done.

Q: Does my counselor need to sign my transcript?

A: No, but it needs to be in its official form. It needs to include any completed high school semester. For example, if you are in the 10th grade, it needs to include all of your ninth grade year and as much of your 10th grade year as possible.

Q: Will I be able to see my application score?

A: No. The Center does not release this information and is only used internally for the selection committee.

Q: How is the selection committee determined?

A: The selection committee is made up of an anonymous committee of judges. The selection process is blinded and all names and identifying information is redacted from the applications prior to selection.