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Ayers Leadership Fellows

Just as important as having good teachers in the classroom, schools need good administrators as well.

Whether it be in personal and ethical leadership, visionary leadership, learning-focused leadership or organizational leadership, fellows will be challenged to bring skills back to their districts to help them become highly effective leaders in their schools.

The Ayers Foundation mades 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. 

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. 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.

Ayers Leadership Fellows: Why is Leadership Important to You?

Program Information

In partnership with the Ayers Foundation, Lipscomb's College of Education offers scholarships for aspiring school leaders throughout the region to earn an educational leadership master’s or education specialist degree with administrative licensure. Below you'll find resources explaining the fellows program, school district engagement and the program's timeline.


  • Application Deadline —May 27, 2022
  • Interviews for Selected Applicants—Beginning June 6, 2022
  • Acceptances Announced—June 24, 2022
  • Orientation—July 11, 2022
  • Classes Begin—August 2022
  • Commencement—May 2024

Application Information

To apply for the Ayers Leadership Fellows program, applicants complete a standard application for either the M.Ed. or Ed.S. in Educational Leadership programs and select the "Ayers" option on the application. Applications will be accepted beginning immediately and continuing through May 28, 2021.

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