Emerging Scholars Program (ESP)

ESP Planning Portfolio

The ESP Coaches are available to assist you as you begin the development of a 4-year Emerging Scholars Planning Portfolio. 

The goal of the exercise is to teach you how to set goals, outline the tasks necessary to accomplish the goal, and prioritize your activities. Then they help you to chart your progress as you progress through the collegiate experience and ensure that you have a clear sense of direction. 

You can begin building your portfolio right away!  We begin to work with you at the very start of the semester. 

Each completed portfolio will include the following basic information:

1)    An outline of your SMART goals (3 tiers: semester, year-long, and 4-year goals).

2)    Your current semester class schedule and transcript.

3)    The name of at least one course that you expect to be challenging.

4)    A list of all of the books that you have/will purchase for the semester, the total cost, and how you paid for them/plan to pay for them.  If you don’t have a specific book and do not plan/have funds to purchase it, indicate how you are completing the required readings.

5)    A copy of your completed resume (for assistance, visit Career Services).
6)    A budget management document outlining how you will support yourself financially/your expected income from your job if you are working during the academic year.

7)    A narrative of your plans for winter break and summer.

8)    A list of planned activities for the semester (extracurriculars, etc.).

9)    If applicable, a list of courses you plan to take in the upcoming summer terms, where you will be taking them, and plans for payment of these courses. 


10)    A list of your campus extracurricular and leadership activities (updated each year).

11)    A list of planned activities for the year (e.g. conference attendance; campus lectures; internships; research experiences; community service; other).

12)    The name and contact information for a faculty, staff, or alumni mentor.


13)    The name and contact information of at least two faculty members who would give you a positive recommendation if you were applying to graduate or professional school; and another professional contact who would give you a positive letter of reference if you were applying for a job, internship opportunity, or other position.

14)    An updated resume and LinkedIn site.

15)    If applicable, a list of graduate and professional schools to which you intend to apply.

16)    A draft of your personal statement.