The Executive Leadership Council Offers a Half Million Dollars in Educational Scholarships

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WASHINGTON, DC (February 20, 2019) – The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the pre-eminent global organization composed of current and former Black executives, announced it is offering $500,000 in scholarships for Black undergraduate and MBA/MA college students in 2019. With the generous support of corporate sponsors and ELC members, hundreds of students will apply or compete for the more than 60 awards of education-based financial support through six distinct programs.

Undergraduate college students will be able to apply for scholarships ranging from $4,000 – $12,000 through five (5) programs: Alvaro L. Martins Scholarship; Ann Fudge Scholarship; Award for Excellence in Business Commentary; Nationwide’s Future Leaders Scholarship; and the Praxair Engineers of Tomorrow Scholarship. In addition, teams of MBA, MA and MS students from U.S. graduate schools of business will compete to become one of three teams selected to share $70,000 in cash awards in the 2019 National Business Case Competition in Houston, Texas.

“Ever since The ELC was established by 19 trailblazing Black corporate executives in 1986, the organization has worked with colleges and universities to identify and support a pipeline of future Black leaders,” said Skip Spriggs, president and CEO of The ELC. “In 2019, through the generosity of our members and corporate sponsors, The Executive Leadership Council will reach the highest number of minority students and offer the most financial aid in a given year in its history. Our overall goal is to build relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to ensure that we are reaching and supporting top talent within their respective institutions.”

The ELC’s scholarship programs are designed to recognize and reward Black college students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership and commitment to community service. In addition to receiving a scholarship award, a select group of scholarship recipients will participate in The ELC’s Honors Symposium where they will have an opportunity to engage, network and consult with The ELC’s accomplished business executives in a multi-day professional development experience.

ELC members are current or former corporate CEOs, senior executives, and board members of Fortune 1000 and equivalent companies; top-tier entrepreneurs; and global thought leaders. The focus of the organization is the development of a pipeline of global black executives for C-suites, corporate boards and global enterprises to leverage the full power of diversity and inclusion. The mission of The ELC’s Undergraduate Scholarships is to build a pipeline of Black corporate talent by supporting the academic achievement and development of Black undergraduate and graduate students.

Corporate sponsors include The Coca-Cola Foundation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Nationwide and Praxair Inc. Students may visit The ELC’s website at for information about our scholarship offerings and apply.

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About The Executive Leadership Council:

The Executive Leadership Council, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1986, is the pre-eminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of global black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises. Comprising 800 current and former black CEOs, senior executives and board directors at Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies, and entrepreneurs at top-tier firms, its members work to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline that empowers global black leaders to make impactful contributions to the marketplace and the global communities they serve. For more information, please visit

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