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Eagle Scholars Program

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Mission

The Eagle Scholars Program provides high achieving students the training necessary for personal and professional development to become leaders throughout college and beyond. This program fosters a sense of community, improves academic knowledge, and provides leadership and professional experience.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Benefits

  • Priority early registration for classes
  • Personal development to prepare you for university leadership opportunities (Resident Leadership, LU Send Now teams, Student Government, etc.)
  • Professional development training to increase the likelihood of internships and employment.

Eagle Scholar Events

Eagle Scholars compete in challenges at the Master’s Inn.


Program Agenda

Each semester has a specific theme, event and trip or service project.

Semester 1 (Fall): Connecting with others

  • Team-building retreat at Camp Hydaway
  • Large and Small group class settings
  • Christmas Banquet

Semester 2 (Spring): Self Leadership

  • Trip to Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C
  • Large and Small group class settings
  • End of Spring Celebration

Semester 3 (Fall): Leading Others

  • Welcome events for new Eagle Scholars
  • Habitat for Humanity build in Altavista
  • Independent group projects and small class settings

Semester 4 (Spring): Changing Culture

  • Ministry outreach in New York City
  • Independent group projects and small group class settings

Eligibility

  • Residential, undergraduate, new students with an unweighted high school GPA. of 3.3 or higher and 1180 SAT or 24 ACT
  • High-achieving students who desire leadership and professional development
  • Proactive, career-minded students with a teachable spirit
  • Incoming students who have been accepted into the honors program are not eligible for the Eagle Scholars Program

Requirements

  • Complete program application (We are now accepting applications for the incoming Fall 2019 freshmen)
  • Maintain 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Complete the following required courses:
    • Connecting With Others (ESLP 101)
    • Self Leadership (ESLP 102)
    • Leading Others (ESLO 201)
    • Changing Culture (ESLP 202)
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:05-1:55 p.m. must remain open on your schedule for ESLP courses.
    • Beginning the first day of class, you will meet every other Monday as a large group.
    • Beginning the second week of classes, you will meet in small groups on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday.
    • Keeping Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:05-1:55 p.m. open will ensure that you are able to add your small group and allow for the large group session.
  • Class structure for ESLP 101 & ESLP 102
    • Monday and Wednesday from 1:05-1:55 p.m. must remain open on your schedule for ESLP courses.
    • Freshman classes are hosted in Large and Small Group settings.  Here is a sample of that format:
      • First week of classes (Monday) – Large Group class at 1:05pm (you will meet every other Monday as a large group)
      • Beginning the second week of classes (Monday or Wednesday) – Small Group class at 1:05pm (you will meet every other Monday or Wednesday)
    • Keeping Monday and Wednesday from 1:05-1:55 p.m. open will ensure that you are able to add your small group and allow for the large group session.

 


Testimonials

“My favorite memory from Eagle Scholars would definitely be traveling to New York City. I enjoyed teaching science to the third and fourth graders and seeing how excited they got. I also loved meeting with the older girls and sharing parts of our testimonies. It was amazing to watch God use the testimonies of eagle scholars to help the New York students open up and reach breakthroughs in their own lives. I also grew a lot closer to my classmates during the long bus ride, early morning breakfasts and fun days of exploring the city.”Lexi Barshinger

 

“My favorite memory from the Eagle Scholars program was the New York trip. I could say so many things about those four days, but to put it simply, I believe that it was there that I really experienced and saw what the Eagle Scholars program is all about. “Taking over” Evangel Christian School for a day was a whirlwind of planning and executing and improvising and emotion. I remember sitting in the back of the cafeteria before our day started, watching my friends prepare their lessons and presentations – one of the coolest parts of being a Christian for me is watching those I love do ministry, and I got to do that throughout the trip…It was the perfect way to end my time in the program.” – Gabby Corrao

 

My sophomore year, Eagle Scholars empowered me to begin a community service project for a local nursing home. What began as a trip across town to sing Christmas carols ended with several of us in tears listening to the stories of the residents in the home. This project was more than just a grade, but a moment that opened our eyes to the world outside of Liberty University. As students, we often get lost in our own world of studies and friends, but Eagle Scholars always pushed me beyond my comfort zone to serve the community as the hands and feet of Christ. It changed the trajectory of my college career for the better.”Kasey Lange

 

Spending time with my fellow Eagles while nailing shingle after shingle into the roof of a shelter that would soon be deemed “home” by a loving family is my most cherished memory in Eagles. I was able to do something productive with my time while building relationships and learning new skills. If you offered me the chance, to glorify God, hangout with friends, and learn something new all in one sitting, I’d be there 100% of the time. Eagles in partnership with Habitat for Humanity gave me that chance.” – Joe Barr


Faculty & Staff

Frank DiGregorio
Director
fpdigregorio@liberty.edu
(434) 592-5601

Dr. Roger Mackey
Curriculum Developer;
Professor of Education;
Academic Lead for Eagle Scholars & LEAD Program

rwmackey@liberty.edu
(434) 582-7206

Dr. Alisha P. Casteñeda
Director of Online Foreign Language Lab
acastaneda@liberty.edu
(434) 592-3175