Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

Kernodle Center for Civic Life Student Engagement Grant


The Kernodle Center for Civic Life Student Engagement Grant is generously supported by donors dedicated to helping Elon students participate in the 5 Elon Experiences. This grant is available to support expenses associated with participation in leadership, research, internships, service, or global engagement programs during a student’s time at Elon. Special funds within this grant are earmarked to support first-year students. Priority will be given to current Elon Volunteers! student leaders and members of the Service Living Learning Community.


Click here to download the application. As part of the application, students will be asked to justify their participation in an Elon Experience and provide a detailed budget for expected expenses.

Applications are due 5 times a year: Fall Break, Reading Day (for the fall semester), the end of Winter Term, Spring Break, and Reading Day (for the spring semester). Applications will be reviewed as they are received and funds will be awarded throughout the year. Due to the limited pool, funds may not be available for applications received later in the year.

Helen Cates Scholarship


As an Elon student, Douglas Cox ‘78 worked for Alamance Memorial Hospital, now Alamance Regional Medical Center, with Helen Cates. Doug and Helen became close friends and over the years that friendship has grown. Helen’s love and concern for others was immediately evident to Doug. He has observed in Helen a lifetime of unselfish giving, compassion, and caring for those in need. Doug has been influenced by the patience, humility, and kindness he has seen in Helen.

To acknowledge their many years of friendship and to express his admiration for his special friend, Doug honored Helen by creating an endowed scholarship at Elon in her name. The scholarship provides financial assistance for Elon students who, like Helen, will be committed to serving others.

The Helen Cates Scholarship is awarded to a student who has shown true dedication to the service of others and who has demonstrated financial need. Applicants must be on record with the Office of Financial Planning as having a demonstrated financial need. The Scholarship is applied directly to the recipient’s tuition account.


Applications are available online or in the Kernodle Center for Civic Life in 230 Moseley Center. (336)-278-7250. All applications are due on April 20th by 5:00 pm and should be sent via email to Bob Frigo at

As part of the application, students are asked to include a short essay (no more than 500 words) that describes how they have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate a commitment to serving others. Finalists will participate in a brief interview with faculty and staff involved in service learning. The candidate selected for the scholarship will attend the scholarship dinner in the spring semester and their essay may be shared with donors.

Sullivan Scholarship


In keeping with Elon University’s strong and enduring commitment to service and community engagement, Elon’s Sullivan Scholars program will provide academic scholarships to a small cohort of students who demonstrate exceptional commitment to service and community engagement. One Sullivan scholarship will be awarded each year to a first-year student, who will continue, contingent on satisfactory progress in the program, to receive this scholarship for four years. The Sullivan Scholars program will be a prestigious opportunity for students to: engage fully in the university’s nationally-recognized service and civic engagement opportunities, assume leadership roles for those efforts on campus and in the community, benefit from strong mentoring relationships that help students integrate their academic and co-curricular experiences as they identify how they will use their gifts and talents to address vexing challenges in communities, and participate in Sullivan Foundation programs including retreats, institutes and exchange programs.