ELSP Program Overview


The Engelberg Leadership Scholarship Program: Cohorts 1, 2 and 3

The Engelberg Leadership Scholarship Program: Cohorts 1, 2 and 3

 The Engelberg Leadership Scholarship Program includes five inter-related elements:

A week-long summer orientation program designed to introduce the ELSP mission and vision, as well as the fundamentals of professional behavior and civic responsibility. Training sessions will focus on such subjects as public speaking, networking, team building, advocacy writing, project management, professionalism, and much more.

While ELSP students can come from any major, all scholars will participate in a common curriculum designed to prepare them for their leadership roles in the region. This will include at least five courses on entrepreneurship, leadership, and community engagement to prepare them for their chosen careers after graduation.  

Each of these courses not only reinforce program goals introduced during orientation, but, also fulfill Stockton General Studies degree requirements, and thus fit seamlessly into any degree. Examples include:

  • GEN 1117: Community Leadership
  • GEN 2101: Leadership Strategy and Change
  • GEN 2106: Leadership and Leadership Research
  • GEN 2248: Perspectives on Civic Engagement
  • GEN 1043: Tools for Social Change
  • GEN 3851: Service Learning
  • GEN 3151: Starting Your Own Business
  • GIS 3348: Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Business
  • GIS 3353: Perspectives on New Jersey Communities
  • GIS 3692: Environment, Society and Business
  • GNM 2261: Introduction to Environmental Pollution
  • GSS 2119: Law for Life
  • GSS 2251: Nonprofits and Your Community
  • GSS 2370: Global Change and Business
  • GSS 3124: Entrepreneurial Thinking and Behavior
  • GSS 3208: Data Analytics for Entrepreneurs

Additional program courses include:

  • MGMT 3175: Small Business Entrepreneurship
  • MGMT 3220: Entrepreneurship and the Lean Startup

Other courses can be considered on request.

Students are also strongly encouraged to consider taking GEN 2510 Atlantic City: Research Methods to familiarize themselves with the region in which they live and learn.  Additional courses focused on scholarhip programs goals can also considered upon request and with approval.

University coursework is complemented by co-curricular seminars and workshops in personal and professional development, a monthly set of programs ranging from roundtable discussions, invited lectures (by both campus and off-campus experts), field trips to local businesses, governmental offices, and cultural venues, personal coaching, mock interview, and resume development sessions. These opportunities are intended to both introduce students to the local business and civic landscape, as well as introduce local entrepreneurs and leaders to ELSP students and their potential. The series includes opportunities to develop and apply quantitative and qualitative knowledge, interpersonal skills, and techniques to manage projects in a wide range of fields and occupations, with particular attention to critical thinking, project planning, teamwork, risk management, cost and time management, and decision making.

During Year 2, ELSP scholars continue both the common curriculum and personal and professional development series, as well as complete their program internship, described below. 

Stockton is committed to experiential learning that connects classroom experiences to broader opportunities and enables students to practice key management and leadership skills. Students also gain an understanding about how to work in teams, and how to lead within organizations to achieve social good. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff all serve as resources, and students graduate with networking skills vital to their professional success. These positions are carefully selected to individually place students in their field of choice with select, high-profile executives of for-profit and non-profit entities, as well as municipal government. The goal is to create direct access to current Atlantic City influencers and create the next generation of such leaders.


The personal and professional development series continues in the program’s final year, and students bring together what they have learned to collaboratively complete their capstone project.

The culmination of both classroom and co-curricular learning is a collaborative capstone project in which ELSP students work together to practice key management and leadership skills. This might consist of developing a mock start-up business plan, or draft pieces of local or state legislation. Such work offers students valuable insights in weighing competing ideas and how to lead within organizations to achieve social good and economic success. Students are also assigned to work one-on-one with a community mentor to ensure input from business, political, cultural, or non-governmental agency perspectives. Such mentoring opportunities will bear academic credit as an independent study, so they contribute to a student’s academic progress.

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