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The Watson & Odyssey Scholars Program

An Elon education emphasizes engaged experiences that transform the way students see the world. The Watson and Odyssey Scholars Program, which is part of the Center for Access and Success, is a selective program consisting of talented individuals who are academically strong, civically engaged, action-oriented leaders in their communities, who will benefit from an Elon education but have significant financial need.
 
Are you the ideal student?  If so, we invite you to apply to this program ready to make a difference, not only within the Elon community, but in the broader community as a student and after you graduate.  Students selected for the program are recipients of a number of prestigious, endowed scholarships.
 
Previous Watson Odyssey Scholars have included students who:

  • Are the first members of their family to attend college (neither parent/legal guardian has completed a four-year college degree).
  • Have not had the opportunity for enriching educational experiences due to personal circumstances or the socioeconomic climate of their community
  • Have achieved success despite hardship or challenge
  • Will bring cultural or socioeconomic diversity to Elon

Watson Odyssey Experience

Watson and Odyssey Scholars take advantage of intellectually demanding and dynamic courses while furthering their personal and professional development.  Throughout the four-year program, you will have many networking opportunities with your fellow scholars and Watson Odyssey alumni.  You will also participate in a first-year summer orientation, have annual retreats, attend monthly class meetings, be involved in one-on-one academic and career planning meetings, and maintain an academic and leadership portfolio.


Should You Apply?

To be considered for these scholarships, students must Apply Online (or complete the Watson and Odyssey Program application via PDF on the Apply Now page)and submit financial aid applications, and all required financial aid forms: the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Upon completion and submission of these materials, the Scholarship Committee will review your application and you will be considered for all awards for which you are eligible (based on gender and geographic restrictions).

  • Watson Odyssey applications must be submitted no later than Feb. 10.

An Exceptional Experience.

Students selected for the program move through their four years as part of a group. They meet frequnetly with program directors to track their goals and progress within the program. Students also gather for monthly community building events.  These meetings bring together students in each year of the program to connect, converse and reflect on their experiences.

The Watson Scholars

The 14 Watson Scholars comprise eight recipients of The Leon and Lorraine Watson North Carolina Scholarship and six recipients of The Elon Commitment Scholarship.

Applicants must:

  • Be North Carolina residents who have attended a North Carolina high school for one or more year(s) and will graduate from a North Carolina high school
  • Applicants may be U.S. or non-U.S. citizens
  • Have a solid record of academic achievement.

Scholarship:

  • Fourteen $21,000 awards will be awarded annually. Watson Scholars receive a $4,000 study abroad grant, which may be used for a university-approved study abroad experience.

The Odyssey Scholars

The 10 Odyssey Scholars comprise recipients of the following scholarships:

The Honorable Thad Eure NC Achievement Scholarship (for North Carolina students in 13 counties)

Applicants must:

  • Live in Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Gates, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham or Wake counties
  • Graduate from a North Carolina high school. Applicants may be U.S. or non-U.S. citizens.
  • Have a strong record of achievement and leadership through school, place of worship or community organizations.

Scholarship:

  • Three $12,000 scholarships will be awarded annually. The Eure Scholarship also includes a $4,000 Elon Experience grant, which may be used for a university-approved study abroad, internship, research, service or leadership experience.

The John L. Georgeo Scholarship (all students are
eligible for consideration)

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • High school performance and standardized test scores that indicate promise of academic success
  • Activities and involvement that indicate leadership and commitment.

Scholarship:

  • Two scholarships of $7,500 will be awarded each year. These scholarships are for tuition only and are renewable annually based on academic performance, financial need, citizenship and full-time enrollment. Recipients also receive a one-time $4,000 study abroad grant.

The Margaret Ann Hall Scholarship (for women from Virginia)

Applicants must:

  • Be female
  • Graduate from a Virginia high school
  • Demonstrate verified financial need (preference given to Pell eligible students).

Scholarship:

  • The Hall Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship and also carries an Elon Experiences grant of $4,000, which may be used for a university-approved study abroad, internship, research, service or leadership experience. One scholarship is awarded and is renewable annually. A new recipient is selected every fifth year. The next anticipated award date is April 2016.

The Gail H. LaRose Scholarship (for education majors)

Applicants must:

  • Be a student with a major in the School of Education (strongest consideration is given to elementary education majors).
  • Demonstrate verified financial need (preference given to Pell-eligible students).

Scholarship:

  • The LaRose Scholarship is a $21,000 scholarship and also carries an Elon Experiences grant of $4,000, which may be used for a university-approved study abroad, internship, research, service or leadership experience. One scholarship is awarded and is renewable annually. A new recipient is selected every fifth year. The next anticipated award date is April 2016.

The Mac Mahon Family Scholarship (for students from Alamance County, NC or designated counties in NJ)


Applicants must:

  • Live in Alamance County, NC or Essex and Hudson counties, NJ, or other identified counties in urban areas of northern New Jersey and graduate from a high school in the designated areas. Applicants may be U.S. or non-U.S. citizens.
  • Have a solid record of academic achievement and leadership through school, place of worship or community organizations.

Scholarship:

  • One student is selected annually to receive this $10,000 scholarship, plus a $4,000 Elon Experiences grant, which may be used for a university-approved study abroad, internship, research, service or leadership experience.

The Susan Scholarship (for women)

Applicants must:

  • Be female
  • Have a solid record of academic achievement and leadership through school, place of worship or community organizations.

Scholarship:

  • Four $12,000 scholarships are awarded annually. Recipients are also given a $4,000 Elon Experience grant, which may be used for a university-approved study abroad, internship, research, service or leadership experience.