The Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program

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Leadership starts here

Named for a Eureka alumnus who became one of the greatest world leaders of the twentieth century, the Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program is among the most innovative and opportunity-rich programs in the nation. As Eureka College’s premier scholarship, the program is the only one of its kind in the country, founded by President Ronald Reagan during his first term in office.

This Program is one of the best educational experiences that any student can have. EC is an incredible family populated with some of the finest, most dedicated and caring individuals in the world. With a history of over 150 years of excellence in learning, service, and leadership as our guiding force.

Reagan Fellows receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship at Eureka College, as well as stipends to cover the program’s special travel and mentoring opportunities. Up to six Fellows are selected annually from a nationally competitive pool of applicants.


Reagan Fellows benefit from distinctive opportunities to learn and practice leadership skills. Each Reagan Fellow completes two on-site mentorships with prominent leaders of their choosing at locations worldwide. Locations of recent professional mentorships for Reagan Fellows have included: Switzerland, Australia, Mexico, Boston, MA, London, Hawaii, Israel, and Zimbabwe

Unique travel opportunities

First-year Reagan Fellows travel on fellow-only trips to both domestic and international destinations. These expense-paid trips expose Reagan Fellows to one-of-a-kind experiences only available through Eureka and the college’s affiliations, while building a strong sense of camaraderie among Fellow cohorts.

The role of a Reagan Fellow

In addition to meeting the expectations outlined for all Eureka students, are expected to live on campus, to maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, and to display to the College community the attributes of leadership, service, and active citizenship. Reagan Fellows are also expected to participate fully in all activities of the Program.

Application process

Up to six Reagan Fellows are named each year, chosen for their scholarly abilities, leadership accomplishments, and commitment to service. Semifinalists are invited to campus in February for an in-person interview process that becomes a central factor in the selection process. Notification of competition winners is made four weeks following the on-campus interviews.

Application requirements
  • Open to incoming freshmen only
  • Minimum composite ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 1210 (1680 for old SAT score)
  • Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete the Reagan Leadership Program application by January 10

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Unfortunately the college cannot accommodate everyone, and entrance is limited. Applicants meeting the above requirements are encouraged to apply early.

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