FAQ ABOUT ELI
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?
Q: Is the program financially based?
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?
FAQ ABOUT THE APPLICATION
Q: Where is the application?
A: The application is now on Google Classroom and is completely self-paced. In Google Classroom, you login with your school email address or any Google related email address and use the classroom code to connect to ELI. The code is available here on January 1, 2021.
Q: Can I save my application and work on it over a long period of time?
A: Yes. The application is now self-paced. The Google Classroom platform allows you to connect the application to your Google account. You have until March 31st at 11:59 p.m. to complete five assignments on the application.
Q: Can I work on the application directly in Google Classroom or do I have to do it on my own and upload documents.
A: Both. For your contact information, essay, and extracurricular activities, there is already an automated Google Doc, Google Sheet, or Google Form included with your name on it. You will need to work directly from those documents. For your transcript and letters of recommendation, you will need to obtain those and upload them directly to the assignment.
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: The letter of recommendation isn’t worth any points. What happens if I don’t turn it in?
A: While it isn’t worth any points, you will be docked 5 points for not turning it in.
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.