ELP Profiles

Emerging Leaders is a small, selective program that only accepts the brightest and most dedicated students. Below are some of our featured students and their greatest accomplishments since arriving at VCU. 

     Yagmur student photo

Yagmur Turker- Class of 2020
Biology Major
Diversity Ambassador at OMSA, mentee in the Multicultural Connection Advisement Program, founding member of the Peer to Peer Mentorship with Students with Disabilities program, Unit Care Assistant at Palliative Care at VCU Medical Center, member of VCU LEAD Living-Learning Program, and member of the Korean Student Association, Health Occupations Students of America, Muslim Student Association, and Queer Action.

Ophelia photograph

Ophelia  Anwah- Class of 2020
Sociology Major
 Grace and Broad Community Countil RHA Representative, VCU School of Dentistry Research Lab Assistant, Conversation Partner, Vocalist for Salsa for Social Change, Caprices for Cancer Club Treasurer, RA for C&B, RAM CAMP Leader, member of VCU LEAD Living-Learning Program, VCU Qatar Leadership Exchange Participant, and Dean's List recipient.

Zaid Shaikh

Zaid Shaikh- Class of 2019
Mechanical Engineering Major with Minor in Computer Science and Mathematics
VCU Emerging Leaders Program- 3rd Year Intern
STAT Leadership Council, I-LEAD retreat participant, American Student Government Conference attendee, RAMCAMP Participant and leader, VCU University Counsil, Learning Gardens Volunteer, Vertically Integrated Projects Research in School of Engineering, American Society of Mechnical Engineers Member, Eat Green President and Co-Founder, Student Sustainability Advisory Council Leadership Team, School of Engineering and da Vinci Center Student Ambassador, Social Enterprise Club Secretary, TEDxVCU Treasurer, Student Government Association Associate Justice, Participant in LEAD and INNOVATE Living-Learning Programs, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Member, Spira Intern, RamPantry Volunteer, Dominion Place Partnership Volunteer, Qatar Leadership Exchange 2017 participant, and Global Brigades Water Chaper 2018 member.
Hayley Pottle- Class of 2017
Mass Communications and Public Relations Major
VCU Emerging Leaders Program: 4th Year Intern
VCU Sophomore Scholarship Recipient, VCU Mary C Clark Memorial Grant Recipient, Career Ambassador at VCU Career Services, VCU Students Today Alumni Tomorrow Leadership Council, President's Office Student Leadership Council, Member of VCU Council for Inclusive Excellence and Equity, InterVarsity Christian Student Fellowship Leadership Team, Virginia 21 Legislative and Social Media Intern. 



Below is a more comprehensive list of some of our students' accomplishments.


Academic Achievement Grant Qimonda Scholarship
Deans Scholarship Virginia Merit Scholarship
Marcia Walpert Honors Scholarship VCU License Plate Affinity Scholarship
Mary C Clark Memorial Grant VCU Sophomore Scholarship
Provost Scholarship VMFA Undergraduate Fellowship
Psi Chi Scholarship  


Other Awards/Recognitions

Art Honors Omicron Delta Kappa Membership

Dean's List

Phi Kappa Pi Membership
Golden Key Honor Society Membership Phi Sigma Pi Membership
Honors College University Honors
National Society of Collegiate Scholars Membership VCU National Merit Honor Society Membership


Student Organization Involvement (Officer Level)

Founder - Transitional Neuroscience Club Membership Recruitment Chair - International Business Club President - Omicron Delta Kappa
Founder - Wildlife Society Student Chapter at VCU InterVarsity Leadership Team Treasurer - Omicron Delta Kappa
Founders - Eat Green President - Arabic Club Students Today Alumni Tomorrow Leadership Council
Founder - Recreational Dance at VCU President - Club Dodgeball Vice President - Students for Wildlife Conservation
Historian - Dance Club President - CyberSecurity at VCU Vice President of Recruitment - Alpha Omicron Pi
Historian - Start Up Club President - I Am That Girl Vice President of Scholarship - Alpha Gamma Delta


Other Campus/Community Involvement

Alternative Spring Break Site Leader Her Campus Magazine Editor Selection Committee - Off-Campus Student Services
Business Student Ambassador Her Campus Writer Student Admissions Ambassador
Career Services Career Ambassador Honors Council Community Service Chair Student Advisory Board for Computer Science
Council Member - Inclusive Excellence & Equality Committee Member - Activities Programming Board Student Outdoor Leadership Experiences (SOLE) Leader
Creative Director -  INK Magazine New Student Orientation Leader Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Director of Publicity - Johnson Community Council New Student Orientation Team Captain VCU Health Volunteer
DJ at WVCW Student Run Radio President - Johnson Hall Community Council VCU-Qatar SGA Leadership Exchange Program
Engineering Student Ambassador President's Office Student Leadership Council VCU-Talks Speaker
Emergency Response Team at St. Francis Hospital Ram Camp Leader  
Founder - Hackerspace Lab Resident Assistant  


Professional Experience/Internships

Dina Mackney Designs Intern Presidential Candidate Internship
Dominion Power Business Analyst Inter Urban Outfitters Video Intern
Dominion Power Network Ops Intern Virginia 21 Legislative & Social Media Intern
ICA (Institute for Contemporary Art) Retail Strategy Intern Virginia Institute for Psychiatric & Behavioral Genetics Intern
Moda Operandi Styling & Editorial Intern VMFA Marketing/Communications Intern