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Our goal is to graduate 100% of our talented Fellows with either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.  ALEF intends to bring in each year nationally or internationally prominent speakers on leadership to each institution for the benefit of the entire student population, faculty, and citizens of the state.  Our final goal is to establish a recognized symposium each year designed to support concepts of leadership and character development through the publication of an annual periodical.

 

About fifteen students each year, will be named Fellows of the foundation established by General Robert “Doc” Foglesong.  The foundation's goal is to identify potential leaders in financial need, fund their college studies, and provide additional training.

 

“We've found the next generation of leaders and our responsibility is to provide the opportunity for leadership and they'll stay with us,” Foglesong said.

 

The foundation has partnered with Concord, Shepherd, Marshall and West Virginia Universities, and with help from contributors, assures that the recipients’ expenses will be covered at one of those institutions.

 

Through their college careers, the Fellows will be involved in regular meetings and social events as well as completing a leadership development program with a focus on community service.  The foundation will assist them in developing leadership skills and strategies for success.

 

“We want them to be armed with all the tools they need,” Foglesong said.  “I found out very quickly leadership is about people.”  The foundation will mentor the students through their college careers and beyond, he said.  The Fellows will represent the future leaders of Appalachia and the nation.

 

“ALEF is truly a blessing from God that has given me so many opportunities to succeed above and beyond any aspirations I could have set for myself. Being an ALEF Fellow means having a second home, amongst those I can now and always call family.”

Hannah Vass, Concord University, Beta Fellow

 

“ALEF is an opportunity of a life time; they have provided us with everything we need to become a great leader; they have provided us with the best possible training, support, and opportunity to develop into a great leader.  ALEF is a blessing that can’t be put into words; there is no way to describe the impact it has had in my life.  I am so thankful to be able to call myself an ALEF Fellow.”

Gavin Ward, Concord University, The John C. Allen Fellow