Leadership Fellows Program

General Overview

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 out.  

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 selection process. 

Scholarship Amount

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.  

Program Requirements

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 requirements.           

  • 2.0 Berry GPA at end of first year, 2.5 Berry GPA at end of sophomore year and beyond
  • Completion of program components
  • 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 

    Program Components

    The Leadership Fellows program consists of annual activities, including a group retreat with goal settings, service projects, peer-to-peer mentoring, annual personal skills assessment, small group or "family group" outings and discussions, and regular leadership development seminars with reflections. Other program components are designed around each class. 

    During the first and second year, the curriculum will focus on an introduction to leadership theories, personal leadership assessments, group development and teamwork, and affecting change on campus.  In their junior and senior years, the students will shift their focus to ethical and moral leadership, leading and managing change in one's community, and succession planning to cultivate 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 and 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 and/or planning  already established leadership programs.
    • Fourth year students will plan and execute any new or existing leadership program for campus. 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, as well as facilitate community development within the Leadership Fellows program by planning and implementing "family group" socials and leadership seminars.  

    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 Fellows.  


    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.

    Application Process

    The Leadership Fellows application for 2015-2016 will be available in early-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, February 1, 2016. Applications submitted after this date may still be considered if the applicant has outstanding leadership experiences and if there are any openings for the competition day.

    Applications are reviewed in late January and approximately 85 students will be invited to continue in the selection process. Applicants will be notified by Friday, February 5, 2016 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 20, 2016 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. If an applicant is invited to compete but has an unavoidable conflict with the competition date, the applicant may request in writing to participate in an alternate process.  The request will be reviewed by the Director of Student Activities and, if the request can be accommodated, alternative arrangements may be made. 


    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 late-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.

    Application Communication 

    Please note that communication regarding the competition and selection process will come from leadershipfellows@berry.edu 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. 


    For further information or questions, please contact Cecily Crow, Director of Student Activities, via email at  ccrow@berry.edu or phone at (706) 236-2293 or you may email the Leadership Fellows student coordinator at leadershipfellows@berry.edu