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Eagle Scholars

Eagle Scholars Program

The Eagle Scholars Program provides high-achieving freshmen and sophomores, regardless of major, the personal and professional development that cultivates leadership skills for college and beyond.

Students build community as they work together through experiential curricula.

We are now taking applications for the incoming Fall 2024 cohort of Freshman.

Eagle Scholars Program Benefits:

  • Priority early registration for classes (This benefit begins after students matriculate at LU and the Eagle Scholars Program)
  • 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.
  • Preferred Housing choice on the eighth floor of Commons 2. Students enjoy sharing this Hall with other Eagle Scholars. This promotes connecting with others and encouragement for academic achievement.

Eligibility & Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • 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

Program Requirements

  • 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)

*Typically, students in most majors and campus activities can participate in the Eagle Scholars Program. There are exceptions to this. Some Aeronautics majors (i.e. Aviation Mechanics) cannot participate in the Program due to their class and practical training schedule. In addition, NCAA athletes usually cannot participate in the program due to their practice, matches/games, and travel schedules. Applicants in those groups can contact the Program Director and discuss their specific situation.

Program Overview

First Semester Requirements

  • Class: Connecting With Others (ESLP 101)
  • Team-building retreat at Hydaway
  • Small group class settings
  • Networking events
  • Freshman and sophomore interactions

Second Semester Requirements

  • Class: Self-Leadership Development (ESLP 102)
  • Small group class settings
  • Individualized service projects
  • End of spring celebration
  • Freshman and sophomore interactions

Third Semester Requirements

  • Class: Art and Science 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 Requirements

  • Class: Art and Science Changing Culture (ESLP 202)
  • Ministry trip to Washington D.C.
  • Independent group projects and small group class settings
  • Fellowship and mentoring opportunities


Lexi Barshinger

"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."

Gabby Corrao

“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.”

Kasey Lange

“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.”

Joe Barr

“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, hang out 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.”

Eagle Scholars Leadership

Frank DiGregorio
Eagle Scholars Program Director

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