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
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. 17. (Students selected as Odyssey Program scholars are required to live on campus. No exceptions can be made.)
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
Kerrii Brown Anderson Odyssey Scholarship
Created by alumna Kerrii Brown Anderson ’79, one scholarship of $20,000 serves a talented student who has achieved academic success despite significant financial and personal hardship.
The Anonymous Scholarship
The Anonymous Scholarship awards one $25,000 scholarship. It is designated for applicants with demonstrated high financial need and activities that indicate an interest in and commitment to leadership.
Baffi Family Odyssey Program Scholarship
Created through the generosity of Elon parents Rosemary and Robert Baffi, one scholarship of $22,500 serves talented young people who persevere in their educational pursuits despite significant financial and personal hardship.
The Marvin and Eva Burke Clapp Scholarship
Eva Burke Clapp established the scholarship at Elon in memory of her husband, Marvin, and in appreciation for what the university means 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 Title I schools in Guilford County, N.C. 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 are awarded.
Made possible by Elon University benefactor the late Edna Truitt Noiles ‘44, one Edna Scholar is named annually. Each recipient receives $25,000 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 Odyssey 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 Ellsworth Family Odyssey Scholarship
The Ellsworth Family Odyssey Scholarship recognizes an outstanding Elon student with high demonstrated financial need from specific areas of New Jersey or Eastern Pennsylvania. The award, valued at $25,000 annually, is available to a student pursuing any four-year major at Elon. The next anticipated award is 2024.
The Elon Commitment Scholarship
The Elon Commitment Scholarship awards 10 scholarships with a guaranteed total grant award of $30,000 annually to students with demonstrated high financial need.
Commitment to Democracy Scholarships
For students entering in fall 2022, Elon is pleased to offer two Commitment to Democracy Awards. Established in 2021 and built upon the hope for an end to terrorism and spread of democracy around the world, two scholarships will support students inside or outside the United States who have been displaced by conflict or natural disaster, including but not limited to, Afghanistan, Syria and Haiti. The awards, which include endowed scholarships and other university funding, will support tuition, room and board for four years.
The Honorable Thad Eure North Carolina Achievement Scholarship
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.
Lorraine Fogleman Grant and Muir William Grant Music Scholarship
The Lorraine Fogleman Grant and Muir William Grant Music Scholarship awards one $25,000 scholarship. It 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 next anticipated award date is April 2024.
Margaret Ann Hall Scholarship
The Margaret Ann Hall Scholarship is designated for a female student from Virginia with demonstrated high financial need. It is a full-tuition scholarship and is renewable annually. A new recipient is selected every four years.
Heinrich Family Odyssey Program Scholarship
A generous gift from Elon parents Robert and Amy Heinrich awards a $22,500 scholarship to a talented student who has persevered in their educational pursuits despite significant personal and financial adversity. Preference is given students from the Chicago metropolitan area.
The Jessie T. Hook ’46 Scholarship
The Jessie T. Hook ‘46 Scholarship awards two $25,000 scholarships. These are designed for applicants with demonstrated high financial need and a strong academic record. The next anticipated award date is 2024.
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 to 12 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.
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 are awarded annually to students 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 next anticipated award date is 2023.
Leo M. Lambert Odyssey Program Scholarship
Created by Elon parents and named in honor of Elon’s eighth president, Dr. Leo M. Lambert, a $25,000 scholarship serves talented young people who persevere in their educational pursuits despite significant financial and personal adversity.
The Gail H. LaRose Scholarship
The Gail H. LaRose Scholarship is valued at $30,000 and designated for a student in Elon’s Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education. It is awarded annually. The next anticipated award is 2024.
The Mac Mahon Family Scholarship
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 award. The Mac Mahon Family Scholarship is renewable annually.
The Douglas and Edna Truitt ‘44 Noiles 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 Elon Academy, Elon University’s college access program for high school students in Alamance County, N.C.
Silvernail Family Odyssey Scholarship
Made possible through the generosity of Elon parents Shelby and Andrew Silvernail, a scholarship of $22,500 serves talented young people who persevere in their educational pursuits despite significant financial and personal adversity.
Bill and Sue Smith Odyssey Scholarship
The Bill and Sue Smith Odyssey Scholarship, valued at $22,500, is awarded to a student pursuing any four-year major at Elon. The next anticipated date is 2024.
Steers Odyssey Program Scholarship
A generous gift by Elon parents Robert and Lauren Steers awards one $25,000 scholarship to a talented student who perseveres in their educational pursuits despite significant financial and personal adversity.
The Susan Scholarship
The Susan Scholarship is for young women of potential whose personal financial circumstances would otherwise make an Elon education inaccessible. Four $20,000 scholarships are awarded annually.
The Leon and Lorraine Watson Scholarship
The Leon and Lorraine Watson 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.