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. 15.

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 Scholarships

The Anonymous Scholarship

The Anonymous Scholarship awards two $25,000 scholarships annually. The scholarship is designated for applicants with demonstrated high financial need and activities that indicate an interest in and commitment to leadership.

The Marvin and Eva Burke Clapp Scholarship Scholarship

Eva Burke Clapp established the scholarship at Elon in memory of her husband, Marvin, and in appreciation for what the university meant to the City of Burlington, N.C. One $25,000 scholarship is awarded annually to students with demonstrated high financial need and academic talent.

DeJoy-Wos Odyssey Scholarship

Established by the Louis DeJoy and Aldona Wos Family Foundation, the DeJoy-Wos Odyssey Scholarship provides financial support to highly motivated students from Guilford County, N.C., Title One schools. Recipients should demonstrate a strong desire for Elon’s unique brand of high-impact educational experiences within the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business. Two $22,500 scholarships awarded annually.

Edna Scholars

Made possible by Elon University benefactor, the late Edna Truitt Noiles ‘44, two Edna Scholars are named annually. Each recipient receives $22,500 in scholarship support. First consideration is given to students who reside or have resided in the Morgan Place/Ballpark Neighborhood of Elon, N.C. Other Alamance County, N.C., students will also be considered. Candidates may pursue any four-year major at Elon.

The Edward W. and Joan K. Doherty Scholarship

The Edward W. and Joan K. Doherty Odyssey Scholarship awards two $25,000 scholarships to students with demonstrated high financial need. Preference is given to students who identify as African American or Hispanic.

The Elon Commitment Scholarship

The Elon Commitment Scholarship awards 10 scholarships with a guaranteed total grant award of $25,000 annually to students with demonstrated high financial need.

The Honorable Thad Eure North Carolina Achievement Scholarship

(for North Carolina students in 13 counties)

The Honorable Thad Eure Scholarship honors North Carolina’s former Secretary of State who served as an Elon trustee for 47 years. Applicants must reside in Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Gates, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham or Wake counties and graduate from a North Carolina high school. Three $12,000 Eure Scholarships are awarded each year to applicants with demonstrated high financial need and academic talent. The Eure Scholarship is renewable annually

The John L. Georgeo Scholarship

The John L. Georgeo Scholarship is awarded annually to two incoming students of outstanding character who show academic promise and talent or leadership experience valued by the Elon community. Two scholarships of $7,500 each are awarded annually. These scholarships are for tuition only and are renewable annually based on academic performance, demonstrated high financial need, citizenship and full-time enrollment.

The Lorraine Fogleman Grant and Muir William Grant Music Scholarship

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

The Lorraine Fogleman Grant and Muir William Grant Music Scholarship awards one $25,000 scholarship.
The scholarship is designated for students who intend to major in music performance or music education and have demonstrated high financial need. An audition is required.

The Margaret Ann Hall Scholarship

(for women from Virginia)

The Margaret Ann Hall Scholarship is designated for a female student from Virginia with demonstrated high financial need. The Hall Endowed Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship and is renewable annually. A new recipient is selected every fourth year. The next anticipated award date is April 2021

The Jessie Thurecht Hook ’46 Scholarship

The Jessie T. Hook ‘46 Scholarship awards two $25,000 scholarships. The scholarships are designed for applicants with demonstrated high financial need and a strong academic record.

Horizons National Odyssey Scholarship

The Horizons National Odyssey Scholarship was established by Cindy and Rob Citrone, parents of a 2017 Elon alumna. A $25,000 scholarship supports one student who has completed the Horizons National Pre-K to12 summer program or its successor program.

The Sam and Vicky Hunt Scholarship

The Sam and Vicky Hunt Scholarship supports talented young people who persevere in their educational pursuits despite significant financial and personal adversity. One $25,000 scholarship is available. The next anticipated award date is 2022.

The Inman Family Odyssey Scholarship

William J. and Patricia Inman, parents of a Class of 2000 Elon alumna, established the Inman Family Odyssey Scholarship. Two $25,000 scholarships awarded annually to student pursuing any four-year major at Elon.

Archie and Adelaid Israel Scholarship

The Archie and Adelaid Israel Scholarship supports one student in Elon’s Odyssey Program annually. The award, valued at $22,500, is available to a student pursuing any four-year major at Elon.

The Gail H. LaRose Scholarship

(for education majors)

The Gail H. LaRose Scholarship is valued at $25,000 and designated for a student in Elon’s School of Education. It is awarded annually.

The Mac Mahon Family Scholarship

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

The Mac Mahon Family Scholarship is designated for students with demonstrated high financial need who reside in Alamance County, N.C., in Essex and Hudson counties, N.J., or other identified counties in urban areas of northern New Jersey. One student is selected to receive this $15,000 scholarship. The Mac Mahon Family Scholarship is renewable annually.

The Douglas and Edna Truitt Noiles ’44 Scholarship

The Douglas and Edna Truitt Noiles ’44 Scholarship awards two $25,000 scholarships annually to high achieving students with significant financial need or no family history of college. Preference for these awards is given to students who have completed the Elon Academy, Elon University’s college access program for Alamance-Burlington, N.C. high school students.

Bill and Sue Smith Odyssey Scholarship

The Bill and Sue Smith Odyssey Scholarship, valued at $22,500, is awarded annually to a student pursuing any four-year major at Elon.

The Susan Scholarship

(for women)

The Susan Scholarship is for young women of potential whose personal financial circumstances would otherwise make an Elon education inaccessible. Four $15,000 scholarships are awarded annually.

The Leon and Lorraine Watson North Carolina Scholarship

(for North Carolina residents)

The Leon and Lorraine Watson North Carolina Scholarship awards eight scholarships which, when combined with other endowed funds, provide a guaranteed total of $30,000. Scholarships are awarded to North Carolina students who have strong academic records and demonstrated high financial need.