Ayers Leadership Fellows Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

Lipscomb University College of Education—January 2014

  1. What is an Ayers Leadership Fellow?
  2. Who is the target audience for the Ayers Leadership Fellows scholarships?
  3. What are the entrance requirements for the program?
  4. How much scholarship funding can I receive if chosen to be an Ayers Leadership Fellow?
  5. Can anything give me an advantage in my scholarship application?
  6. Have district partnerships been previously arranged or are applicants able to pursue these opportunities themselves?
  7. When does the scholarship application become available and when is it due?
  8. What does the Ayers Leadership Fellows selection process look like?
  9. What if I already have a master’s or Ed.S. degree or an administrative license but would still like to apply to be an Ayers Leadership Fellow?
  10. When will the Ayers Leadership Fellows scholarship recipients be announced?
  11. How many months is the Ayers Leadership Fellows Program and what is the general schedule?

What is an Ayers Leadership Fellow?

Ayers Leadership Fellows will earn a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Leadership at Lipscomb University and an administrative license in the state of Tennessee. The Ayers Foundation has made scholarships available for these aspiring school leaders, and Ayers Leadership Fellows will be selected from a pool of applicants based on merit and innovative partnerships with their individual school districts. Fellows will engage in field experiences and direct mentoring relationships with current educational leaders, and will be engaged in coursework designed to enhance researched-based best-practice leadership skills. A maximum of 15 Fellows will be selected to begin in August 2014.

Who is the target audience for the Ayers Leadership Fellows scholarships?

Scholarships will be awarded to candidates who are exceptional individuals, have already shown leadership capacity, have the ability to set goals, to assume high levels of responsibility, have a passion for learning and a desire to achieve. Candidates should be aspiring school leaders who are seeking to improve their leadership knowledge and skills through completion of a competency, field-based program that includes clinical experiences and mentor coaching.

What are the entrance requirements for the program?

Candidates must have a valid Tennessee teaching license and three years of teaching experience to be eligible for the program. Applicants who are working in an independent school setting and do not wish to earn an administrative license will not be required to hold a valid teaching license.

How much scholarship funding can I receive if chosen to be an Ayers Leadership Fellow?

Scholarships will be awarded for up to 50 percent off the tuition of the recipient’s entire leadership program. Scholarships will range from 25-50 percent off of tuition, depending on the amount the individual district agrees to invest. Each candidate will submit a detailed proposal on the scholarship application form outlining the ways in which his or her district will utilize and support an Ayers Leadership Fellow within the district.

Can anything give me an advantage in my scholarship application?

Scholarships will be awarded based upon merit. However, applicants who demonstrate a thoughtful and involved participation from his or her district will be given preference for the scholarship. Since the scholarship program seeks to promote and leverage partnerships between aspiring school leaders and current school leadership, school districts that can commit to investments in their fellows will have an advantage over other candidates that cannot show that investment from their school district or school system leadership.

Have district partnerships been previously arranged or are applicants able to pursue these opportunities themselves?

Each district will be informed of the opportunity to engage in a district partnership through this program and will be given the flexibility to determine how they would like to craft specific proposals. However, candidates are welcome to create their own plans for how to use this opportunity and propose it to their districts.

When does the scholarship application become available and when is it due?

To apply for the Ayers Leadership Fellows program, applicants must first complete a standard application for either the M.Ed. in Education Leadership or Ed.S. in Educational Leadership programs.  Once applicants have completed the standard degree applications, they will need to complete the Ayers Leadership Fellows scholarship application. Both the standard application and the scholarship application are due for the second round of awards by May 23, 2014.

What does the Ayers Leadership Fellows selection process look like?

Applicants to the Ayers Leadership Fellowship will follow the standard application process for the Master of Education or Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Additionally, candidates will submit an Ayers Leadership Fellow scholarship application. Both are due by May 23, 2014. An admission committee will review submitted applications and select candidates for interviews in April. For details on the application process, contact Kristin Baese at kristin.baese@lipscomb.edu or 615.966.5173.

What if I already have a master’s or Ed.S. degree or an administrative license but would still like to apply to be an Ayers Leadership Fellow?

Candidates with a master’s degree will be encouraged to apply for the Ed.S. program. Candidates with either an Ed.S. or an administrative license will be allowed to apply for the fellowship but must clearly articulate the goals and intentions for this program and how his or her selection will benefit themselves and the district.

When will the Ayers Leadership Fellows scholarship recipients be announced?

Selections will be announced on June 27, 2014.

How many months is the Ayers Leadership Fellows Program and what is the general schedule?

The program is 16 months long. Classes begin on August 18, 2014 and will meet approximately one weekend per month—Friday from 5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m.–3:00 a.m. Additional online work, field experiences and collaboration with a mentor will be expected throughout the program. The program ends in December 2015.