Scholarship and Grant Options:

Kernodle Center Student Engagement Grant


The Kernodle Center Student Engagement Grant is generously supported by donors dedicated to helping Elon students participate in the 5 Elon Experiences. This grant is available to support expenses associated with participation in leadership, research, internships, service, or global engagement programs during a student's time at Elon. Special funds within this grant are earmarked to support first-year students. This grant is only available to student leaders within Elon Volunteers! (including the Service Learning Community).


Applications are available online. As part of the application, students will be asked to justify their participation in an Elon Experience and provide a detailed budget for expected expenses.

Applications are due 5 times a year: Fall Break, Reading Day (for the fall semester), the end of Winter Term, Spring Break, and Reading Day (for the spring semester). Applications will be reviewed as they are received and funds will be awarded throughout the year. Due to the limited pool, funds may not be available for applications received later in the year.

Helen Cates Scholarship


As an Elon student, Douglas Cox ‘78 worked for Alamance Memorial Hospital, now Alamance Regional Medical Center, with Helen Cates. Doug and Helen became close friends and over the years that friendship has grown. Helen’s love and concern for others was immediately evident to Doug. He has observed in Helen a lifetime of unselfish giving, compassion, and caring for those in need. Doug has been influenced by the patience, humility, and kindness he has seen in Helen.

To acknowledge their many years of friendship and to express his admiration for his special friend, Doug honored Helen by creating an endowed scholarship at Elon in her name. The scholarship provides financial assistance for Elon students who, like Helen, will be committed to serving others.

The Helen Cates Scholarship is awarded to a student who has shown true dedication to the service of others and who has demonstrated financial need. *Applicants must be on record with the Office of Financial Planning as having a demonstrated financial need. The Scholarship is applied directly to the recipient’s tuition account.


Applications are available online or in the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement in 230 Moseley Center. (336)-278-7250. All applications are due on April 20th by 5:00 pm in the Kernodle Center.

As part of the application, students are asked to include a short essay (no more than 500 words) that describes how they have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate a commitment to serving others. Finalists will participate in a brief interview with faculty and staff involved in service learning. The candidate selected for the scholarship will attend the scholarship dinner in the spring semester and their essay may be shared with donors.

Ward Family Learning in Action Award


Established in 2007 through a gift from the Ward family - Dorothy Mears Ward GP’05 and ‘08, Tom and Beth Ward P’05 and ‘08, A.T. Ward ‘05, Christopher Ward ’08 and Chase Ward - this award annually recognizes one rising sophomore, junior or senior to support an experiential learning project. The projects may include, but are not limited to, international study, undergraduate research, internships, service and leadership experiences. Student recipients must be in good academic and social standing. Demonstrated financial need is not a requirement but may be taken into account.


Proposals will be judged on the following factors: creativity; originality; potential for academic or personal development or positive impact on others; relevance to course of study or career goals; overall presentation of proposal; and financial need.

Students must submit an essay to the Office of the Vice President for Student Life, Alamance 109. The essay should describe the proposed project, explain its relevance to the student’s goals, make a compelling case for funding and list any other funding sources sought. Applications should include two letters of support from Elon faculty or staff members with whom the student has discussed their project. The top 6 candidates chosen by the selection committee will be invited to make a short presentation about their project mid March.

The award is presented annually at the spring Omicron Delta Kappa awards ceremony.

The Ward Family Learning in Action Award consists of a cash prize of $3,000 to support the student’s project. Each year, the previous year’s recipient will be invited to the ceremony to discuss how the award enhanced his or her education and preparation for life, and to announce the next recipient.

Please contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Alamance 109, or x7220 with any questions.