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 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 campus community. Our ultimate goal is to create a student leadership education team who will deliver programs designed to cultivate leadership in all students.
At least ten 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.
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
The Leadership Fellows program consists of annual activities for the entire group, including a group retreat, a service project, annual personal skills assessment, and regular leadership development seminars. Other program components are designed around each class.
- 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 the Student Activities Office or another area of Student Affairs to help introduce them to campus life. Examples of work areas: Student Activities, Intramurals & Outdoor Recreation, “Green Team” (recycling program), Dean Of Students, Multicultural Programs, Athletic Administration, Athletic Promotions, Residence Life, Campus Publications, Berry Enterprises, Community Service.
- Second year students will serve as facilitators for the Emerging Leaders program, serve on a campus committee, and also participate in a leadership community mentor program. They will be encouraged to pursue a campus work position with additional responsibilities in supervision and/or project management.
- 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. They will also assist the Director of Student Activities in teaching the seminars to the younger Leadership Fellows. Additionally, the upper-class students will work and/or serve in a major campus leadership role and become a member of the LEAD Team – Leadership Education and Development. This team will be responsible for leadership education across campus.
- 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.
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. Eligible students should receive a letter from the Admissions Office notifying them that they may apply. The link to the application can be found on this page.
Priority Application Deadline
Applications are no longer available for the 2012-2013 academic year. The selection process has been completed.
The priority deadline for submitting the Leadership Fellows online application is 5pm EST on Friday, January 25, 2013. 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 January and approximately 75 students will be invited to continue in the selection process. Applicants will be notified by Monday, February 4, 2013 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 23, 2013 from 9:30am-4:00pm.
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.
Following the competition, ten students will be selected annually to receive a scholarship and to serve as Leadership Fellows. Notification will be made by mid-March.
Please note that communication regarding the competition and selection process will be made via the email address submitted in the application. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (706) 236-2293.