Hilaire Pickett ’08 Leadership Grants

Hilaire Pickett ’08 Leadership Grants will be awarded to two students in the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program. 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 membership in the LEAD Program.

Click here to find the application.

To Apply

2016 Pickett grant recipients, Jenny Fukunaga and Tyson Glover.

Students must submit a grant proposal to the Director of the

Center for Leadership by Friday, March 30th. The essay should describe the proposed project, explain its relevance to the student’s goals, make a compelling case for funding, and list any other funding sources sought. Applications should include two letters of support, one from an Elon faculty member and the second from either a faculty 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.

The award is presented annually at the Leadership Awards sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa (April 26th) and the Center for Leadership’s Cannon Celebration (May 7th).

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 or x5323 with any questions.

Selection Committee

  • Director of the Center for Leadership
  • Dean of Students
  • One staff member


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

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

Previous Winners

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


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


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


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


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