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Applications now being accepted for Leadership Prize

The Office of the Provost and the Division of Student Life have created a $10,000 award for rising juniors to research community problems and then propose solutions to those challenges.

Rising juniors at Elon University can now apply for a $10,000 prize that will allow them to leverage their intellectual and leadership abilities to address community concerns.

A new program sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Division of Student Life, the Leadership Prize enables students to research and understand problems of interest to them and then use their leadership skills to propose potential solutions.

The prize is open to students of any major. Funding will support projects in a variety of manners such as data collection, travel, pilot programs and leadership development activities. A portion of the award may also be used toward tuition.

Applications are due Oct. 10, 2014. They must include a description of the problem that the applicant wants to examine, a background statement about why he or she would like to conduct the project, and his or her plan for the subsequent research. Applications should include a feasibility statement, a budget and timeline, and letters of nomination and recommendation.

For more information, visit www.elon.edu/leadershipprize.

The Leadership Prize incorporates intellectual inquiry, the study of leadership theory, proposed solutions and the implementation of those solutions over the three semesters of its application. Applicants must possess a 3.50 or higher GPA, be in good standing with the university, and have sought a faculty member to mentor their work.

“The Leadership Prize joins two important Elon values. It combines our value for deep intellectual inquiry to understand our world with our belief that leaders have the responsibility to enact their knowledge to help better their communities,” said Robert Moorman, the Frank S. Holt Jr. Professor of Business Leadership at Elon University and the prize coordinator. “It offers our students the resources to study an issue that they believe presents a great challenge to society. It then encourages them to use the knowledge gained to seek and test unique solutions.  

“We believe that linking their study to seeking solutions illustrates nicely the leadership process.”

Eric Townsend,
5/12/2014 8:00 AM