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Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows

Scholarships & Program Benefits

The Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows program pairs you with campus leaders, faculty and staff to explore the dynamics of leadership and your own leadership style. Named for the Elon graduate who was the first female mayor of Raleigh, N.C., the program is built around academic coursework and Elon's highly successful leadership development program. Learn more on the Leadership Fellows website.


As a first-year student, you'll make yourself at home  with special orientation events just for Leadership Fellows, and prepare for a fall retreat where you'll identify leadership styles.

Throughout all four years, you will take an active role in campus organizations, community service and especially the three-tiered LEAD program. You'll also complete a minor in Leadership Studies.

Learning to Lead

As a Leadership Fellow, you will also participate in all three tiers of the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program.

Tier One

Investigate your leadership style, how to interact with others and participate in campus clubs and organizations as you use your strengths to demonstrate leadership on campus.

Tier Two

Develop your leadership skills with workshops, a retreat and a conference. You'll also identify a leadership coach who will mentor and challenge you to explore your effectiveness as a leader.

Tier Three

Apply and synthesize your experience through all-encompassing leadership opportunities. You'll integrate your experience with an online leadership portfolio and present your leadership legacy paper.

Who should apply?

Students who are outstanding leaders in their high schools and/or communities, have held one or more leadership positions in organizations, and have a GPA of 3.6 or better and SATs of 1820 (ACT 27) or more are encouraged to apply. Applicants should download and submit the Leadership Fellows Recommendation form.

Twenty incoming first-year students are selected annually based on leadership experience and potential, academic performance, essays and interviews. Additionally, 10 lateral entry opportunities are available for students who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential following their first two semesters at Elon.