About 25 students enter Elon each year as the new class of Communications Fellows.
Communications Fellows are among the most active students on campus. They are expected to be involved with student media organizations, and often become leaders in student media.
Theoretical concepts learned in special Fellows courses come alive as students gain real-world experience working with the student-run newspaper and online news site, radio or television station, the student public relations society, the campus film society or through an internship at a regional or national media site.
Special Courses: Fellows sections of Communications in a Global Age, Media Writing, Creating Multimedia Content and Great Ideas: Issues and Research explore the world of contemporary communications. Students also can apply for a special Winter term experience in Florida fully funded by the program.
Global Study Grant: This $1,000 grant opens the door for Fellows to learn about communications in another culture. Whether exploring from behind the lens of a camera or keeping a personal journal, Fellows gain an international perspective essential to a media professional.
Capstone Experience: In the senior year, Fellows work on a major senior project/capstone experience. These projects may include original research, investigation of a media or communications topic, or a performance presentation in your area of interest.
Internships: A central element of the Fellows experience. Working with the school's internship coordinator, advanced Fellows will find opportunities to work with major networks, print media, film studios or public relations firms.
Scholarships: Seven Communications Fellows in each class receive a $5,500 scholarship renewable annually as long as a student remains a Fellow. These scholarships are awarded in addition to any Presidential Scholarship received.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria: Applicants should be academically talented high school seniors who plan to major in Journalism, Strategic Communications, Media Arts & Entertainment, or Communication Science. Students should have a GPA of at least 3.7 and SATs of 1900 (ACT 28) or higher. But test scores and GPAs are only one component of the selection process. Selection is based on high school academic performance, extracurricular involvement. and communications experience. Students invited for an on-campus visit must also compose an essay and participate in a faculty interview.