College Students

The Executive Leadership Council’s Educational Initiative programs offer high-performing college students scholarships, internships, mentoring and unique access to ELC members, their companies and our strategic partners.

Our programs include:

Alvaro L. Martins Scholars - Created in 2002 in honor of The Executive Leadership Council’s (ELC) founding member, the first President and CEO of The Council and an alumnus of Howard University, The Alvaro L. Martins scholarship is awarded to high achieving undergraduate Black male students enrolled in the Howard University School of Business who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership and a commitment to community service,, and are pursuing a business discipline degree. Additionally, scholarship recipients receive exposure and networking opportunities with ELC members through participation in The ELC’s Honors Symposium. To date, more than50 students have been awarded over $400,000 in scholarships.

Ann Fudge Scholars - The Ann Fudge scholarship was established in 2005 by the women members of The ELC. Named after the first woman chair of The Council and former chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, the scholarship is funded from proceeds of the annual Women’s Leadership Forum and individual contributions of Council members. The Ann Fudge scholarship is open to high achieving undergraduate Black female students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership and a commitment to community service, and are pursuing a business discipline degree at one of the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Additionally, scholarship recipients receive exposure and networking opportunities with ELC members through participation in The ELC’s Honors Symposium. To date, more than 50 scholars have received $270,000 in scholarships since the program’s inception.

Award for Excellence in Business Commentary - Since 1995, top business undergraduate students have competed in a national writing competition centered on exploring business trends, issues and insights. Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, The Award for Excellence in Business Commentary scholarship is awarded to high achieving undergraduate Black students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership and a commitment to community service, and are pursuing a business discipline degree at a four year college or university. Annually, 10 winners across the nation are selected to receive scholarship awards and an opportunity to engage with ELC members through participation in The ELC’s Honors Symposium. More than $1.5M has been awarded since the inception of the competition.