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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 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

(all students are eligible for consideration)

Scholarship:

  • One $22,500 scholarship will be awarded every fourth year. The next anticipated award date is April 2019.

Applicants must:

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

The Marvin and Eva Burke Clapp Scholarship Scholarship

Scholarship:

  • One $22,500 scholarship is awarded annually

Applicants must:

  • Have a strong record of academic achievement

The Edward W. and Joan K. Doherty Scholarship

Scholarship:

  • Two $22,500 scholarships are awarded annually

Applicants must:

  • Have a strong record of academic achievement

The Elon Commitment Scholarship

(for North Carolina students)

Scholarship:

  • Eight $22,500 scholarships are awarded annually

Applicants must:

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

The Honorable Thad Eure North Carolina Achievement Scholarship

(for North Carolina students in 13 counties)

Scholarship:

  • 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. 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.

The John L. Georgeo Scholarship

(all students are eligible for consideration)

Scholarship:

  • Two $7,500 scholarships are awarded annually.

Applicants must demonstrate:

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

The Lorraine Fogleman Grant and Muir William Grant Music Scholarship

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

Scholarship:

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

Applicants must demonstrate:

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

The Margaret Ann Hall Scholarship

(for women from Virginia)

Scholarship:

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

Applicants must demonstrate:

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

The Jessie Thurecht Hook ’46 Scholarship

Scholarship:

  • Two $22,500 scholarships are on campus at any given time

Applicants must: 

  • Be deserving students with demonstrated financial need.

Horizons National Odyssey Scholarship

Scholarship:

  • One $22,500 scholarship is awarded annually

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • High school performance and standardized test scores that indicate promise of academic success
  • Activities and involvement that indicate leadership and commitment
  • Completed the Horizons National Pre-K to 12 summer program or its successor program

The The Sam and Vicky Hunt Scholarship

Scholarship:

  • Two $22,500 scholarships will be awarded annually

Applicants must:

  • Be a first-year applicant
  • Have a demonstrated financial need

The Inman Family Odyssey Scholarship

(made possible by Elon parents William J. and Patricia Inman)

Scholarship:

  • Two $22,500 scholarships will be awarded annually

Applicants must:

  • Be talented young people who persevere in their educational pursuits
  • Have a demonstrated financial need

The Gail H. LaRose Scholarship

(for education majors)

Scholarship:

  • One $21,000 scholarship will be awarded in April 2020

Applicants must demonstrate:

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

The Mac Mahon Family Scholarship

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

Scholarship:

  • One $10,000 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.
  • 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.

The Susan Scholarship

(for women)

Scholarship:

  • Four $12,000 scholarships are awarded annually.

Applicants must:

  • Be female.
  • Have a solid record of academic achievement and leadership.

The Leon and Lorraine Watson North Carolina Scholarship

(for North Carolina students)

Scholarship:

  • Eight $21,000 scholarships are awarded annually

Applicants must:

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