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Eagle Scholars Program

The Fall 2022 recruiting season has ended. Applications are no longer being taken.


The Eagle Scholars Program provides high-achieving freshmen and sophomores, regardless of major, personal and professional development that cultivates leadership skills for college and beyond.  Students build community as they work together through experiential curricula.

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What Does Being an Eagle Scholar Look Like?


First Semester

Connecting with Others (ESLP 101)

  • Team-building retreat at Hydaway
  • Small group class settings
  • Networking events
  • Freshman and sophomore interactions

Second Semester

Self-Leadership (ESLP 102)

  • Small group class settings
  • Individualized service projects
  • End of spring celebration
  • Freshman and sophomore interactions

Third Semester

Leading Others (ESLP 201)

  • Welcome events for new Eagle Scholars
  • Habitat for Humanity build in Altavista
  • Individualized service projects
  • Fellowship and mentoring opportunities

Fourth Semester

Changing Culture (ESLP 202)

  • Ministry trip to Washington D.C.
  • Independent group projects and small group class settings
  • Fellowship and mentoring opportunities


  • Residential, undergraduate, new students with an unweighted high school GPA. of 3.3 or higher.
    • *We are currently waiving the minimum requirement of the SAT, ACT, or CLT test scores.
  • 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


  • Complete program application
  • Maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Complete the following required courses:
    • Connecting With Others (ESLP 101)
    • Self Leadership (ESLP 102)
    • Leading Others (ESLP 201)
    • Changing Culture (ESLP 202)


The following are frequently asked questions about the Eagle Scholars Program (ESP).

What qualities does ESP look for in an applicant?

Can I join the Eagle Scholars Program if I was dual-enrolled or brought credits in from CLEP or AP Classes?

Can I join the Eagle Scholars if I am a transfer student

Can I be in the Eagle Scholars and Honor Program?

When does my early registration begin?

Do I have to live in the Eagle Scholars, Commons 2 (8th-floor) housing?

Is there mentoring offered in the Eagle Scholars Program?

How does the Eagle Scholars prepare me to pursue internships and other opportunities?

Can I excel in the Eagle Scholars and carry a full academic load (12-18 hours)?

How do I excel in the Eagle Scholars Program?

Volunteering and Services Projects

Eagle Scholars (ESP) emphasizes community service as part of the curriculum. Students have the opportunity to give their time and talents in a variety of ways. The following is taken from our Service Activity assignment. Students choose one activity from the list and contribute a minimum of 2 hours.

Teach a lesson or concept learned in ESP

Volunteer with a charity or non-profit

Volunteer with LU Serve

CFAW activities

Social Connection Event or Spring Banquet

Spring Retreat

Nursing Home Ministry

Video Bible Study

Propose your own activity


Eagle Scholars Leadership

Frank DiGregorio
Eagle Scholars Program Director

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