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An Elon education emphasizes engaged experiences that transform the way students see the world. The Odyssey Program, which is part of the Center for Access and Success, is a highly selective, merit-based program consisting of talented individuals who are academically strong, civically engaged, action-oriented leaders in their communities, who will benefit from an Elon education and demonstrate high 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 students in the Odyssey Program 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
  • Were eligible for the Federal Pell Grant

Odyssey Experience

Students in the Odyssey Program 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 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. The program includes a stipend for books and supplies, and a one-time $4,000 Global Study grant to be used for an approved study abroad or Study USA program. 

Should You Apply?

To be considered for these scholarships, students must first submit a first-year application, then Apply Online 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).

  • Odyssey applications must be submitted no later than Jan. 10.

An Exceptional Experience

Students selected for the program move through their four years as part of a group. They meet frequently 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.

Odyssey Program

The Odyssey Program includes recipients of the following scholarships:

The Anonymous Scholarship

One $22,500 scholarship will be awarded every fourth year. The next anticipated award date is 2021.


The Marvin and Eva Burke Clapp Scholarship Scholarship

One $22,500 scholarship is awarded annually.


The Edward W. and Joan K. Doherty Scholarship

Two $22,500 scholarships are awarded annually.


The Elon Commitment Scholarship

Ten $22,500 scholarships are awarded annually.


The Honorable Thad Eure North Carolina Achievement Scholarship

(for North Carolina students in 13 counties)

Three $12,000 scholarships will be awarded annually. Applicants must live in Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Gates, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham and Wake counties; graduate from a North Carolina high school; and have a strong record of achievement and leadership through school, place of worship or community organizations.


The John L. Georgeo Scholarship

Two $7,500 scholarships are awarded annually.


The Lorraine Fogleman Grant and Muir William Grant Music Scholarship

(for students majoring in music performance, music education or general music - audition required)

One $22,500 scholarship will be awarded in April 2020.


The Margaret Ann Hall Scholarship

(for women from Virginia)

One full-tuition scholarship will be awarded in April 2020.


The Jessie Thurecht Hook ’46 Scholarship

Two $22,500 scholarships will be awarded in 2020.


Horizons National Odyssey Scholarship

One $22,500 scholarship is awarded annually. Applicants must have completed the Horizons National Pre-K to 12 summer program or its successor program.


The Sam and Vicky Hunt Scholarship

Two $22,500 scholarships will be awarded in 2020.


The Inman Family Odyssey Scholarship

Two $22,500 scholarships will be awarded annually.


The Gail H. LaRose Scholarship

(for education majors)

One $21,000 scholarship will be awarded in 2019.


The Mac Mahon Family Scholarship

(for students from Alamance County, N.C., or designated counties in N.J.)

One $15,000 scholarship is awarded annually. Applicants must live in Alamance County, N.C.; Essex or Hudson counties, N.J.; or other identified counties in urban areas of northern New Jersey and graduate from a high school in the designated areas; and have a solid record of academic achievement and leadership through school, place of worship or community organizations.


The Douglas and Edna Truitt Noiles ’44 Scholarship

Two $22,500 scholarships are awarded annually. Applicants should have completed the Elon Academy, Elon University’s comprehensive college access program.


The Susan Scholarship

(for women)

Four $15,000 scholarships are awarded annually.


The Leon and Lorraine Watson North Carolina Scholarship

(for North Carolina residents)
Eight $5,000 scholarships which, when combined with other endowed funds, provide a guaranteed total of $22,500.