Developed by the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) and our four community college partners, ECCEL is designed to prepare you to lead in all aspects of your life — personal, academic, professional and community.  With a focus on self-discovery, skill development, experiential learning and global citizenship, the program will contribute significantly to your academic achievement and workforce success, preparing you to lead in a global society.  


  • Applicants must be a matriculated student at Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, or Ulster Community College and have completed at least 12 credits with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.  Students entering college directly from high school must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and be registered for at least 12 credits.
  • ECCEL is intended to be a beneficial extra-curricular activity and valuable compliment to your academic schedule. Successful completion of the program requires attendance and full participation in each of the following:
    • Three (3) Weekend Leadership Retreats: November 17-19, 2017; January 12-14, 2018; and June 1-3, 2018. Retreats run from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon and include overnight accommodations.
    • Implementation of a campus-based group community impact project. 
    • Participation in scheduled campus group meetings (meetings will be held at least once per month). 
    • Participation in two (2) spring workshops, which includes the Savvy Socializing and Networking Dinner on Friday, March 2, 2018  


  • The Application Deadline HAS BEEN EXTENDED from October 10, 2017 to October 20, 2017!

    Please have all components of the application submitted on or before Friday, October 20, 2017.

  • Applicants will be notified by October 23rd.


  • Accepted students will have the option to pay either a $150 program fee OR commit to providing 5 hours of community service prior to the January retreat. 


  • Complete the application including the short-answer questions and essay question.
  • In order for your application to be considered, you must also provide two references. Please provide the names of your two references below in this application form AND request that your references complete the separate online reference form.
  • Please note that our primary means of communication with applicants is via email. Therefore, it is critical to include correct email addresses for the applicant.
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I certify that the information provided on this application is complete and correct to the best of my knowledge.


As part of the application process you are required to obtain TWO references who can attest to your qualifications for participation in the program. References should come from school representatives, community based leaders or employers who know you well. References should not come from a relative.

Your references must be willing to fill out the online Applicant Reference Form and write a one-page letter of recommendation for you. If your reference would prefer a hardcopy, he/she can email for one at or call in at 845-229-5302. Please make sure to ask your references for assistance within an adequate amount of time. Your references may either send their reference forms and letters of recommendation directly to ERVK via email, or fax (845-229-0742) by OCTOBER 10, 2017.

Please provide some information about your references below:

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Please type your responses to the following questions. Limit your responses to approximately 200 words for each question. 

1. ECCEL prepares college students for future positions of personal, professional, academic and community leadership, using the example set by Eleanor Roosevelt. What is it about the ECCEL program that appeals to you and what do you expect to gain from this experience?
2. Have you had any involvements in school clubs or activities, sports programs, community service or human rights/social justice advocacy? If yes, please describe. If no, please explain and indicate what types of activities would interest you.
3. What is one aspect of leadership or one character trait that you would like to learn or work on improving?
4. What current or past leader, in the areas of business, government, education or community service, demonstrates the kind of leader you want to be? Please explain.

Please write an original essay of between 500-1,000 words addressing the question below.

Identify a problem or issue in the world, country or your community that you feel strongly needs to be addressed. Explain your choice and discuss the opportunities that you have had to either address this issue or learn more about it. How can you as a leader take action to resolve this issue?


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