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Learn more about our first group of ALEF fellows
by viewing the video "Leading To The Next Level".

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 West Virginia 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, and Marshall 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 West Virginia 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


Success Stories


2006 Alpha Class


Jeremy Brock

Shepherd University

Dan Ryan Builders Fellow

Jeremy Brock graduated from Berkeley Springs High School. He is a gifted young man who has excelled in the areas of education, community service and sports. Among his accomplishments were WVSSAC Sportsmanship of the Year, Attendance Award, 4-H President and lettered in three sports. His community involvement includes, D.A.R.E., Youth Sports, Energy Express and FCA. Jeremy plans to pursue a degree in Teacher Education.

Katelyn Curry

Concord University

United Bank Fellow

Katelyn Curry graduated  Summa cum Laude (4.01 GPA and above) from Winfield High School, being one of seven to attain this designation out of 172 in her graduating class Katelyn’s academic endeavors were impressive.  Among her leadership accomplishments were Girls State, National Honor Society, recipient of the Superlative Award bestowed by faculty and staff, member of the General Admission Show Choir and Generals Marching Band.  Katelyn participated in many community activities, including working with the Special Olympics.  Katelyn's passion is writing and she wants to help others through expression by pursuing a teaching degree.  Katelyn is the recipient of numerous honors due to her leadership abilities and outstanding work ethic. 

Westley Jenkins

Shepherd University

Charles Town Races and Slots Fellow

Westley Jenkins graduated from Jefferson High School. His uniqueness lies in his two affections, baseball and farming. He graduated with honors and plans to play baseball for Shepherd University. He was a member of 4-H, the Varsity Club, and won the baseball title where he received his graduation diploma on the mound. His work ethic and service to his community is commendable in all areas. Westley will pursue a business degree.

Brittany Keys

Concord University

Massey Energy Fellow

Brittany Keys graduated from Greenbrier East High School. She was student body president and a member of the National Honor Society. Also included in her accomplishments were Girl's State and the West Virginia Governors Academy. She was a member of Health Occupation Students of America where she served as a medical volunteer in various community health efforts. She will pursue a medial career at Concord University.

Brittany Kirkpatrick

Shepherd University

Ken Lowe Fellow

Brittany Kirkpatrick graduated Cum Laude from Jefferson High School. Among her many accomplishments were President of Future Business Leaders of America, member and organizer of the system's vocal music programs, and a strong advocate for social issues. She is most impressive in her work ethic, and supporting herself through her senior year. She plans to pursue a career in business and marketing.


Alex Lemley

Shepherd University

The Douglas V. Reynolds Fellow

Alex Lemley graduated from Huntington High School. Her unusual zest for life is apparent in all she aspires to achieve. Her accomplishments were Cum Laude-National Latin Exam, Young Republicans, National Honor Society, and Yearbook Editor and Chief. Alex is an avid softball player and was co-captain for her high school softball team. She has been an advocate for her community and the manager of her local ice cream shop. She will pursue a career in mass communications.

Jonathan Lester

Concord University

James H. "Buck" Harless Fellow

Jonathan Lester graduated from Gilbert High School. His accomplishments range from community service leader, football player, and an Advanced Placement Honors recipient just to name a few. Jonathan has an impeccable work ethic including a range of responsibilities. He has been accepted into the pre-med program at Concord University.



Robert McDonough

Shepherd University

United Bank Fellow

Robert McDonough graduated from Jefferson High School. He is to be commended for his admirable work ethic, working full time throughout his high school years. He was chosen as the esteemed First in Your Family Education Scholarship Program and was a member of the HI-Y program. He led the 30 hour famine activity during his high school years to raise money and awareness for the plight of the undernourished. He will pursue a teacher education degree at Shepherd University.


"ALEF and everyone who is part of it, is number one! Looking forward to a lifetime of ALEF; not just 4 years." Robert McDonough, ALEF Fellow Shepherd University.


John Meadows

Concord University

The Carter Family Foundation Fellow

John Meadows graduated from Independence High School and was a member of the National Honor Society, first place winner of the E-Management Contest at WV DECA Conference, and a member of the National Technical Honor Society. He is an avid sportsman participating in cross country, track, soccer, wrestling and is a marathon runner. He has over 103 hours of community service with HI-Y Camp of West Virginia.


Monica Oglesby

Concord University

Jackson Kelly PLLC Fellow

Monica Oglesby graduated from Independence High School. She is an accomplished young woman with a strong commitment towards education. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Who's Who Among America’s High School Students, Young Democrats of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Project Graduation. Monica is a gifted artist and an impassioned athlete. Her work in the community has been a beacon to others. She has been accepted to the pre-law program at Concord University.

Brittany Salmons

Concord University

Kapourales Properties Fellow

Brittany Salmons graduated from Wyoming East High School and was a member of the National Honor Society of High School Scholars and Youth in Government. She was a member of HI-Y, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and West Virginia Youth Action Council. She was selected to be a Bonner Scholar due to her impeccable community service accomplishments. Ms. Salmons plans to pursue a career and will be majoring in teacher education and pre-law at Concord University. Brittany recently graduated from Concord a year early and is attending West Virginia University graduate school.

Aaron Stepp

Concord University

Massey Energy Fellow

Aaron Stepp graduated from Westside High School and is an exemplary young man with a superb work ethic. His many accolades include, National Honor Society, High School Citizenship Award, Faculty Award, President of the Student Council, United States Achievement Academy, Member of Outstanding Students of America and heads his own lawn business. Aaron also leads the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as president and recently went to Ecuador as a team member to build a church. His community has benefited from his extreme activism and service-before-self attitude. He is member of the Samaritan Heart Food Pantry which delivers to the needy and elderly. He has received numerous honors from Concord University where he plans to study biology.

Luke Stevens

Concord University

Dan Moore Fellow

Luke Stevens graduated from Wyoming County East High School. His accomplishments include captain of the football and baseball team where he was an Academic Letterman, Student Government Representative, recipient of the prestigious Order of the Arrow Award from Boy Scouts of America, and the National Honor Society. He has an impeccable work ethic and exhibits service-before-self in all endeavors. Luke will pursue a teaching degree and be a member of the Concord University football team.

Gavin Ward

Concord University

The John C. Allen Fellow

Gavin Ward graduated from Independence High School. He was on the Highest Honor Roll throughout his high school years, a member of the BETA Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His accomplishments were the AP Chemistry Award, National Honor Society and Vice President of the Young Democrats where he expanded the organization to one of the largest chapters in the State. Amid his sustainable efforts are those to the Beckley Renaissance where his leadership skills enhanced a variety of constructive causes for the betterment of his community.

Jeffrey Yeager

Concord University

United Coal Company Fellow

Jeffrey Yeager graduated from Wyoming County East High School. He is an avid writer and public speaker, member of the National Honor Society, Senior Class President, and started the Salvation Army Project of Pineville helping to assist rural families in need. Jeff is the recipient of many scholarships and honors. He is proudest of being chosen to represent the ALEF as the Inaugural Class of 2006. He will pursue a degree in History and possibly law.

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