The Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows program is a nationally recognized leadership development program designed to strengthen student’s leadership skills and ability to impact themselves, their communities, and their worlds. The four year cohort experience builds a strong sense of community among the group and allows students to develop close mentoring relationships with faculty and staff. The incoming students are expected to be the next leaders of the Elon community. The Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow was founded by former Mayor of Raleigh Isabella Cannon ’24 in 1989.

Curricular Leadership Experiences

As a cohort, the first-year Fellows are enrolled in Elon 101 together. Second-year Fellows will continue the academic component of the Fellows program with a 200-level Leadership course and a domestic travel experience during Winter Term. All Fellows are required to complete the Leadership Studies Minor and complete their cohorted academic experience with courses that support the completion of their common good (research and) change project.

Co-Curricular Leadership Experiences

The first-year Fellows collaborate with the Alamance Chamber of Commerce to facilitate Alamance Youth Leadership Academy (AYLA) workshops for middle school students throughout the year. The Fellows participate in leadership education and development throughout all four years; the Center For Leadership facilitates workshops, or Leadershops, which are designed to help students better understand themselves as a leader, how to lead with others, and how to make an impact on their community. Additionally, each month, the Fellows attend a Fellows Forum which brings together the four cohorts to hear from a leadership expert and for a discussion about a leadership topic.

Other Opportunities

Several Fellows have participated in other domestic and international programs such as LeaderShape, the NACA Summer Leadership Event, and the Global Leadership Exchange.

Scholarships

Fifteen first-year Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows receive scholarships valued at $5,500 annually. This amount is in addition to any Presidential Scholarship or Elon Engagement Scholarship received.

Global Study Grant

All Leadership Fellows receive a $1,000 Elon Experiences Grant to be used for a Study Abroad or Study USA through the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center. To receive this grant, students must remain active in the Leadership Fellows program and complete a grant application.

Application

If you are a high school student interested in the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows program, you can apply online.

Graduation

Upon successful completion of the Leadership Fellows requirements, Leadership Fellows graduate with distinction as an Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow and a medallion to be worn at Commencement. The Cannon Legacy is a life-long journey!

Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows Class of 2019 wearing their medallions and stoles.


Video created by Riley Bradford ’21, Lauren Kottcamp ’21, Sarah Jane McDonald ’21, & Maddie Wilkerson ’21