EA Morris Fellowship For Emerging Leaders

North Carolina will face many challenges in the coming years, challenges that will require the emergence of a new generation of leaders with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to bring together public and private institutions to solve key problems.

Underwritten by the E.A. Morris Charitable Foundation and the John William Pope Foundation, the Morris Fellowship program encourages committed, diverse, and principled North Carolinians to pursue greater leadership roles within their professions and communities. Morris Fellows will explore the dynamics of public policy, principles of individual liberty and free enterprise, the role of private and nonprofit institutions in a free society, and the role of citizen leaders in a hands-on manner. Through the Fellowship program, these committed individuals will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders in business, nonprofit, education, government, and other areas of public service.

The program is named in honor of Mr. Edwin A. Morris one of the founding fathers of the North Carolina conservative movement. E.A. Morris was known for his leadership skills in his community and throughout North Carolina. Under his influence, Greensboro-based Blue Bell, Inc. became a global corporation. His generosity extended to the support of many charitable and philanthropic causes that aid the advancement of the human condition. While he received several accolades for his achievements, he remained unassuming, humbly accepting such praise.

2017 Timeline

September 19, 2016 Application period opens
December 10, 2016 Application period closes, applications due
January 9, 2017 Finalist Notification & Invitations to Selection Weekend
January 28-29, 2017 Hello/Goodbye Gala & Selection Weekend
March 17-19, 2017 Retreat 1 — Pinehurst, NC
June 23-25, 2017 Retreat 2 — Blowing Rock, NC
October 27-29, 2017 Retreat 3 — Coastal NC
February 3-4, 2018 2017 Fellowship ends/Hello Goodbye Gala