Leadership Fellows Program
From its inception, Berry students have always been
leaders. When Berry was founded, students took an active role in the tasks that
enabled the community to live and learn, participating in everything from
growing crops to making uniforms and serving food. Over time, Berry students
became leaders in activities and programs that serve the campus community as
well as the Rome community. Learning to lead and serve is integral to a Berry
education as students live and learn civic engagement from the inside
It is in this spirit that the Leadership Fellows
Scholarship Program was created in 2008 to recognize students for extraordinary
leadership and service experiences in their high school years, as well as
identify students who can make a difference in providing leadership and
teaching leadership within the Berry community.
Through the program, students engage in various activities to further
their leadership development and are expected to pursue leadership
opportunities on campus. Our ultimate goal is to create a student leadership
education team who will deliver programs designed to cultivate leadership in
all students. This is a four-year,
merit-based scholarship awarded to incoming freshmen through a competitive
At least fifteen incoming
freshman students are selected annually to receive a scholarship and to serve
as Leadership Fellows. The scholarship amount is $3,000 for the freshman year
and increases by $1,000 per year, not to exceed $6,000 for the senior
year. Transfer students are not eligible for the scholarship.
This is a four year program and continuance is based on
the college criteria to maintain a merit scholarship and satisfactory progress
in completing the co-curricular
- 2.0 Berry GPA at end of
first year, 2.5 Berry GPA at end of sophomore year and beyond
- Completion of program
- Demonstrated involvement
in campus life, including living on campus, pursuit of leadership
opportunities, and participation in campus activities and service initiatives
- Participation in
on-campus work with satisfactory work performance evaluations
- Good character and
citizenship; disciplinary records will be reviewed
The Leadership Fellows program consists of annual
activities for the entire group, including a group retreat, service projects,
peer-to-peer mentoring, annual personal skills assessment, and regular
leadership development seminars. Other program components are designed around
During the first and second year, the curriculum will
focus on an introduction to leadership theories, affecting change on campus,
servant leadership and the Student Leadership Challenge Model by Kouzes and
Posner. In their junior and senior years, the students will shift their
focus to ethical and moral leadership, leading and managing change, and
succession planning/cultivating new leaders.
Specific class activities include:
- First year students will participate in an orientation program a few
days prior to Viking Venture to introduce to program components as well as
each other. Additionally, they will participate in the annual Emerging Leaders
program and work in an area of student life to help introduce them to
campus life. Examples of work areas: Athletic
Administration, Athletic Promotions, Campus Publications, Campus
Scheduling, Chaplain’s Office, Dean of Students, First Year Experience,
Health & Wellness, Multicultural & International Programs,
Recreation, Residence Life, Student Activities, Volunteer Services.
- Second year students will serve as facilitators for the Emerging
Leaders program, as well as mentors or "buddies" to the freshmen
Leadership Fellows. The sophomores are also expected to serve
on a campus committee and/or pursue involvement in student
organizations. They will be encouraged to pursue a campus work position
with additional responsibilities in supervision and/or project management.
- Third year students will assist in teaching leadership seminars
to the younger Leadership Fellows, and they will conduct a needs
assessment to determine where additional leadership development
programs may be implemented. Juniors will spend their second
semester developing a new leadership initiative for the following
year or planning events such as the annual student leadership conference.
- Fourth year students will plan and execute a new leadership program
for campus, as well as assist in teaching leadership seminars to the
younger Leadership Fellows. The seniors will also attend seminars
designed to assist them in their transition to leadership after
college. At the end of their senior year, the graduating Leadership
Fellows will put together a capstone presentation that details their
leadership journey and the impact they made to the Berry community.
- Third and fourth year Leadership Fellows are expected
to work and/or serve in a major campus leadership role.
The Leadership Fellows Program is coordinated by the
Director of Student Activities, though many other departments are involved in
the education, program facilitation, and work assignments of the Leadership
High School seniors may apply for a Leadership Fellows
Scholarship if they have been accepted into Berry, have a minimum 3.0
Berry-calculated GPA and have had leadership experiences during their high
school career. Students
will be contacted by the Berry College Admissions Office if they are
eligible to apply.
Leadership Fellows application for 2015 will be available in mid-December.
Interested students may find the Common Scholarship Application by signing on
to their personal account on Viking Web, then go to the Admissions tab and select
“Scholarships”. The priority deadline for submitting the Leadership
Fellows online application is 5pm EST on Monday, January 26, 2015. Applications
submitted after this date may still be considered if the applicant has
outstanding leadership experiences and if there are any openings for the
Applications are reviewed in
late January and approximately 75 students will be invited to continue in the
selection process. Applicants will be notified by Monday, February 2,
2015 as to whether or not they are invited to compete in the MANDATORY
on-campus interview and group project, which is scheduled for Saturday,
February 21, 2015 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
During the competition, the
students will have an opportunity to learn more about leadership at Berry,
participate in an individual interview with a faculty member and a current
student leader, and work with other applicants on a group project and
presentation. We will also offer information sessions for parents on the
Leadership Fellows program as well as the Berry admissions and financial aid
process, and tours of Oak Hill and campus will also be available.
Following the competition,
fifteen students will be selected annually to receive a scholarship and to
serve as Leadership Fellows. Notification will be made by mid-March and
recipients will have until May 1 to accept the scholarship. Please note that
the Leadership Fellows Scholarship cannot be combined with the following Berry
scholarships due to the time commitments and demands of each program: Bonner
Scholars, Gate of Opportunity, Lettie Pate Whitehead or WinShape College
Program. If a student applies for and is offered the opportunity to
participate in more than one of these scholarship programs at Berry College, he
or she will need to choose between the Leadership Fellows Scholarship and the
other scholarship program(s) offered.
Please note that communication regarding the competition
and selection process will come from firstname.lastname@example.org and will be sent to the email address that the Berry
College Admissions Office has on file. If an email address is not given,
communication will be through phone.
further information or questions, please contact Cecily Crow, Director of Student
Activities, via email at email@example.com or phone at (706) 236-2293.