Hilaire Pickett ’08 Leadership Grants

Hilaire Pickett ’08 Leadership Grants will be awarded to two students involved with the Center for Leadership. Awards will be granted through an application process, overseen by the Director of the Center for Leadership. Grants will support students in their junior or senior years to pursue leadership internships or legacy efforts (rising juniors and seniors should apply). Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows are encouraged to apply. The students must demonstrate significant commitment to their organization and academics, and be active in contributions that have had a positive impact on the Elon community. This should be evident by sustained and progressive involvement and exemplary involvement.

To Apply

Students must submit a grant proposal to the Director of the Center for Leadership by Wednesday, April 7th. The proposal should describe the project, explain its relevance to the student’s goals, make a compelling case for funding, and list any other funding sources sought. Applications should be encouraged to include one letter of support, one from an Elon faculty member or staff member with whom the student has discussed their project.

Proposals will be judged on the following factors:  creativity; originality; depth; and demonstration of positive and sustained impact on the organization, and larger community.  Financial need is not a requirement but may be taken into consideration.  The students must be in good standing with the program and the university.

This is an endowed scholarship through an outright gift of the Pickett Family. A minimum $1,500 amount will be awarded to two rising juniors or seniors. The scholarship will be credited to the students’ account as tuition aid so that it is not taxable. A report of all expenses and a copy of receipts should be included in the grant report.

Please contact the Center for Leadership with any questions.


A brief virtual 15-minute interview will be conducted for selected applicants.

Names will be recommended to the donor for review, and the selection committee will then make final recommendations to the Director of Center for Leadership.

Click HERE to access and complete the proposal

Previous Winners

The 2020 recipients of the Pickett Grant include Caroline Penfield and John Ambrose. Caroline Penfield’s goal, (’22) is to expand diverse interfaith leadership at Elon. Throughout her first two years at Elon, Caroline’s grown a passion for interfaith leadership. Her learning and work have been supported by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and the Center for Leadership. Caroline currently serves as a multifaith intern, student director of The Ripple Conference, and an Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow. John Ambrose’s goal (’22) is to create the “Disarming Injustice Initiative”, an initiative aimed to educate students on the history of leadership in the Civil Rights Movement and Human Rights Movements of today. John serves as a leader for New Student Orientation, Tour Guides, and a member of the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows program. John also has a deep passion for diversity, equity, & inclusion work.

Caroline Penfield, Class of 2022

John Ambrose, Class of 2022

Below is a list of previous winners and their proposed project.


Tim Boles, Men’s Leadership for Gender Equity


Jenny Fukunaga, Elon Student Engagement in Alamance County
Tyson Glover, Food Drivers – Student Drivers Delivering Good


Joshua Cadorette
Danielle Nasser, Phoenix Flops


Victoria Ford, Feeding Children Everywhere Internship
Rachel Krauss, The Cinderella Project


Gabby Vance, Increasing Civic Engagement during a Non-Presidential Election Year


Chris Essman, Caritas Internship
Jensen Roll, Helping Other People Eat (HOPE)