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Fellows Programs Collection

Identifier: EUA049


The collection is comprised of materials that follow the history of the various Fellows programs, beginning in 1987 and continuing to present day. The collection is arranged alphabetically by the names of the Fellows programs, then by type of material, and then chronologically within each program. For more information, please see the Historical Note below or the Detailed Description of the Collection section.


  • 1987 - ongoing

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical / Historical

As of the 2012-2013 academic year, the Elon University Fellows and Academic Scholarship Programs included the following fellowships:Elon College Fellows,International Fellows ,Jefferson-Pilot Business Fellows,Journalism and Communications Fellows,Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows,Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows,Teaching Fellows. The Elon College Fellows Program was first mentioned in the 2003-2004 Elon University Academic Catalog, closely following the designation of the liberal arts and sciences program as Elon College, to reflect the transition from Elon College to Elon University. Prior to 2003, the Elon College Science Fellows Program was begun in the fall of 1995 "as a community of students with a strong, focused interest in pursuing careers in the sciences, mathematics and computer science" (Spring 1998 Dynamic Times, the Elon College Division of Sciences and Mathematics Newsletter). The 2001-2002 Elon University Academic Catalog also describes the Social Science Scholars Program, awarded to sophomores majoring or minoring in social science programs. Upon entering their junior year, these students would participate in a special seminar and register for an independent research project that would carry into their senior year. The 2001-2002 Elon University Academic Catalog also describes the Scholars in the Arts and Humanities Program. Rising juniors and seniors with majors in the arts and humanities were chosen based on demonstrated talent and excellent performance. The scholars engaged in a special project or activity that would result in a public performance before the end of their senior year. The Elon College Fellows Program as it is known as of the 2012-2013 academic year began in 2003. Depending on their academic major, Fellows follow one of three program branches: Arts and Humanities Fellows, Mathematical and Natural Sciences Fellows, or Social Science Fellows. According to the 2012 Elon College Fellows website, "Elon College Fellows is a four-year program for students who are passionate about the Arts and Sciences. In the context of a challenging and supportive community of learners, students engage in special classes, events and opportunities that can significantly enrich, contextualize and focus the undergraduate experience."As part of their experience, Elon College Fellows engage in a two-year project with guidance from a faculty mentor. The International Fellows Program began in the fall of 2011 as part of the university's plan to internationalize the campus. The program was "designed to help attract more international students, in particular, attracting more students who are nationals of another country and would need a visa to enter the U.S." (Pendulum, September, 2010). The 2012 International Fellows Program website states, "International Fellows spend four years creating their own American experience through travel and immersive cultural experiences. Faculty mentors will guide [a student's] journey as you learn about the influences that have shaped this nation." The Jefferson-Pilot Business Fellows Program was first described in the 1998-1999 Elon College Academic Catalog. Offered through the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, the Jefferson-Pilot Business Fellows Program was open to incoming freshmen with majors or minors in business administration, economics, or accounting. The mission of the program was to prepare students to "assume a leadership role in the 21st century." The 2012 Business Fellows Program website describes the program in this way: "The knowledge and experience Business Fellows receive will put them on a fast track for career success. The Business Fellows Program blends classroom learning and real-world experiences to give students a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities of today's complex organizations. From studying abroad in a developing country during their first year at Elon, to managing a $100,000 portfolio of the Elon endowment or consulting with companies on business issues in their senior year, Business Fellows graduate ready to take a leadership role in your profession, organization and community." The Journalism and Communications Fellows Program was first mentioned in the 1999-2000 Elon College Academic Catalog. Open to students planning to major in journalism or communications, the program was designed to help students gain valuable experience through internships at local or national media sites. The program also offered faculty mentoring, Winter Term travel to major media and film centers in various cities, a special freshman seminar, and a special capstone experience. The first Leadership Fellows enrolled in the fall of 1989. The program was designed so that during the four-year program, Fellows would participate in a variety of development opportunities, including courses in leadership development and career planning, leadership lecture series, community service projects, internships, and study abroad experiences. An endowment to assist in supporting the program was created by Dr. Isabella Cannon, and the program was named in her honor in 1991. The present-day Freshmen Leadership Fellowship was first described in the 1994-1995 Elon College Academic Catalog as the Emerging Leaders Fellows Program. The Freshmen Leadership Fellowship is offered as part of the four-phase Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows Program to incoming freshmen who have made significant contributions to their communities. Upon completion of the Freshman Fellows Program, students move to Phase 2 of the program. Fellows who complete all four phases of the program receive the Isabella Cannon Leadership medallion and are recognized with distinction at graduation. The Honors Program was first described in the 1976-1977 Elon Academic Catalog. A special honors course was offered in the fall of 1976, and Elon's honors courses slowly developed until Dr. Anne Ponder was appointed the first director of the Academic Honors Program in 1978. The program was designed to offer challenging enrichment activities for academically talented sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This was accomplished through the designation of course sections and research opportunities for students with at least a 3.0 grade point average, as well as the hosting of annual honors convocations featuring talks given by visiting scholars and the recognition of honor students, dean's list students, and members of the national honor society, Alpha Chi. The program was expanded during the 1988-1989 school year to include additional features such as pre-registration privileges, off-campus retreats, and honors housing. To receive honors recognition at graduation, students in the program had to meet certain requirements, including two freshman honors courses; three experiences chosen from various academic, study abroad, service, and leadership options; and a senior research project. The program has continued to evolve over the years to the present-day Honors Fellows Program. According to the 2012 Honors Fellows Program website, the mission of the program is to: "help Honors Fellows expand their minds by encountering new ideas in small, discussion-based and innovative liberal arts and sciences courses; improve students' critical thinking, research and communication skills; provide an intellectual community in and extending beyond the classroom walls; challenge and support Honors Fellows in the highest possible academic achievements, culminating in an independent thesis; [and] prepare students to excel in graduate or professional pursuits as independent, hard-working, open-minded, lifelong learners and honorable community members." In 1987, Elon was of one of only two private colleges selected by the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission to offer the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, and one of only thirteen institutions throughout the state. The first Teaching Fellows enrolled in the fall of 1988. Students interested in teaching applied to the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission, and selected students were awarded grants. The four-year Fellows experience included specially designed leadership courses, internships, study abroad, field trips and lecture series, and a capstone seminar. In 2011, the North Carolina State General Assembly voted to phase out funding for the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program. In response to this action, Elon's School of Education revised the Teaching Fellows Program. The new program would recruit outstanding students interested in careers in education from both North Carolina and throughout the country. The new program began with the class enrolling in the fall of 2012. Fellows receive Teaching Fellows Scholarships and are eligible to receive Presidential Scholarships. The 2012 Elon Teaching Fellows website states that the program is dedicated to: "the advancement of learning through classroom, field, and travel experiences; the development of expertise to promote responsibility, leadership, and service; the cultivation and refinement of our professionalism; the establishment of a unified network of fellow teachers; and the promotion of education as the foundation of society." In the fall of 1988, President Fred Young announced the beginning of the "Leaders for the Twenty-First Century Leadership Fellows Program, which included the Leadership Program, the Honors Program, and North Carolina Teaching Fellows. The goal of this new program was to address the school's mission of preparing graduates for leadership and service and to appeal to the rising number of talented students the trustees wanted to attract and retain. The heading "Leaders for the Twenty-First Century" was used to describe the program between 1993 and 2003 in the Elon University Academic Catalog. As other Fellows Programs were added, the Honors, Leadership, and Teaching Fellows Programs were no longer grouped under this special heading; rather, they were listed singularly with all other Fellows Programs in the academic catalog. The special heading is still used, however. All Fellows students are recognized during an end-of-year ceremony called "Leaders for the Twenty-First Century."


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Language of Materials



The collection is arranged alphabetically by the names of the Fellows programs, then by material type, and then chronologically within each program.

Physical Location

The collection is located in the Carol Grotnes Belk Library Archives and Special Collections at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown. Materials collected and assembled over many years to form collection.

Related Materials

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Processing Information

Processed by Shaunta Alvarez, August, 2012

Encoded by Shaunta Alvarez, September, 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Belk Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

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