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Founded in 1989 by Isabella Cannon, Elon ‘24 graduate and former mayor of Raleigh, this dynamic opportunity instills values of academic excellence, strong leadership, and camaraderie within a cohort of inspired change makers. As a Leadership Fellow, you will immediately join a group of students driven to strengthen their leadership capacities and leave an impact within the Elon community. This program is designed to cultivate first-year students into premier leaders on Elon’s campus; upon graduation, Leadership Fellow alumni transfer their strong leadership skills to the workforce and their new communities. To learn more about the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows visit the program website

During the four-year program, you will:

  • Participate in a community service project and team-building exercises, and work closely with the local Chamber of Commerce to facilitate leadership workshops for middle school students.
  • Participate in a community service project and team-building exercises, and work closely with the local Chamber of Commerce to facilitate leadership workshops for middle school students.
  • During Winter Term of your sophomore year, participate in a specially designed course on civil rights and travel to key locations to study.
  • Work with a faculty mentor to research a social issue, complete a contextual analysis, then develop a project to create sustainable positive change..

Learning to Lead

The Leadership Fellows program is rooted in curricular and co-curricular learning. As a Leadership Studies minor, you will be exposed to multiple theories and practices of leadership. The curriculum will help you appreciate leadership as an academic inquiry, understand your own leadership vision and values, and prepare you for key informal and formal leadership roles.

As a Leadership Fellow, you will participate in  the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program. As part of this program you learn about leadership from the following perspectives:

Leading for self

Investigate your leadership style and philosophy, understand your responsibility to the community, identify a mentor and participate in campus clubs and organizations as you use your strengths to engage in leadership on campus.

Leading with others

Develop your ability to work with groups, gain a stronger understanding of diverse perspectives, and learn the power of collaboration. Work with your mentor to explore your effectiveness as a leader.

Leading for Change

Deepen your understanding of leadership and apply it to affect organizational and systemic change. Present your research and common good project to a team of community leaders.

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 are encouraged to apply. Standardized test scores will also be considered. All applications will be reviewed. Select applicants will then be invited to interview during Fellows Weekend (March 2-3, 2018).   

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

Program Benefits

Scholarships

Fifteen first-year Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows receive scholarships valued at $5,500 annually. In addition, all 25 Fellows receive an Elon Experiences Grant of $1,000 to be used for study abroad. This amount is in addition to any Presidential or Elon Engagement scholarship received.

Leadership Courses

As a Leadership Fellow, you'll complete a minor in Leadership by taking courses such as: Foundation of Leadership, Psychology of Leadership and a Winter Term domestic travel experience. Additionally, you'll attend monthly Leadership Fellows Forums designed to encourage all of the Fellows to interact and discuss specific leadership topics.

Study Abroad Grant

All Leadership Fellows receive a $1,000 grant to use for a university-approved study abroad or Study USA experience.