How to Apply

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.
Please review the information below prior to completing your application:

Selection Criteria & Program Requirements

  • 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 complement to your academic schedule. Successful completion of the program requires attendance and full participation in each of the following:
  • Three (3) Weekend Leadership Retreats. 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 (meeting will be held at least once per month)
  • Participation in two (2) spring workshops, usually lasting 2 hours each.

Deadlines:

  • Application and both references must be received by October 19, 2018.
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance by October 26, 2018.

Costs:

  • 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.

Application Process:

  • Before applying, you must consider the time commitment and be able to attend two overnight weekend retreats November 16 – 18, 2018 and January 25 – 27, 2019. Additional program dates to be determined.
  • Complete application, short-answer questions and essay.
  • Provide TWO reference forms and letters; references may come from faculty, community leaders and/or employers. The referral form must be completed by all references and uploaded with your application. Please download the Referral Form here (PDF)

Questions? ECCEL@ervk.org or call 845-229-5302.

College Campus Advisors

DUTCHESS

Joseph Reilly, Counselor
Ph:  845-431-8040
joseph.reilly@sunydutchess.edu

Janice Hulst-Murphy, Personal Counseling, Career Planning, Transfer Advising
Ph:  845-431-8040
hulst@sunydutchess.edu

ORANGE

Steve Harpst, Director of the Center for Student Involvement
Ph: 845-341-4230
steve.harpst@sunyorange.edu

Michele Iannuzzi Sucich, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Ph:845-341-9048
michele.iannuzzisucich@sunyorange.edu

ROCKLAND

Elizabeth Perez, Student Programs & Leadership Development Administrator
Ph:  845-574-4373
eperez11@sunyrockland.edu

ULSTER

Meg Sheeley, Interim Coordinator of Campus Life
Ph:  845-688-1946
sheeleym@sunyulster.edu

Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 22 Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.