Undergraduate Admissions

Strickland Women’s L.I.F.T. Fellowship

Leading and Inspiring Female Trailblazers

Program description

The Strickland Women’s L.I.F.T. Fellowship Program is designed to provide female students with unique and impactful opportunities to strengthen their self-efficacy, leadership capacity, and capabilities. Through mentorship and coaching, philanthropic projects, and a variety of experiential learning opportunities, students will acquire the mindset and skills that allow them to thrive and excel as women leaders in their professions and in their communities. They will also learn to identify and overcome common obstacles in the path to women’s success. A central tenet of this four-year program is the importance of developing a strong sense of community for women’s empowerment: students will learn through reflection and action that supporting and advocating for one another lifts and advances all women. It is anticipated that the Strickland Women’s L.I.F.T. Fellowship Program will generate a sustainable pipeline of women who desire to blaze a trail for themselves and all women as they progress in college and into their careers and communities.

Students in the L.I.F.T. Fellowship have unique opportunities to:

  • Take classes as a cohort with other women leaders at HPU
  • Actively participate in choosing annual world class caliber speaker
  • Engage with faculty mentors
  • Access to personalized coaching to prepare for job and graduate school internships
  • Have priority access to important business networking events
  • Have exclusive access to the Strickland Women’s Leadership Council members
  • Build personal confidence and professional identity
  • Develop annual service projects across the southeast
  • Benefit from peer mentorship; as a mentor and a mentee
  • Participate in a 1–2-year long project developing knowledge, creativity, and experience to set apart from peers when interviewing for internships and jobs

The Strickland Women’s L.I.F.T. Fellowship is named for High Point University alumna and philanthropist Elizabeth Miller Strickland. Betty, and her late husband Bob, believe in investing in women in education and business, and the values that HPU upholds.

Who should apply?

Successful applicants to the L.I.F.T. Fellowship program will be women with a track record of success in personal and academic pursuits. Women who show high potential for success as leaders in the business world will have priority. The program is highly selective and is limited to the top thirty-six applicants in each entering class.

How to Apply

To be considered for membership into the L.I.F.T. Fellowship Program, you must first submit your High Point University undergraduate admissions application.

Then, please complete your L.I.F.T. Fellowship application through your PantherPage by February 1 for priority applicants, and by March 1 for all others. The application is only available to students who meet minimum criteria.

Scholarship Information

Participants in the L.I.F.T. Fellowship receive a $3,000 scholarship renewable annually based on academic performance and continued participation in the program. This is in addition to any Presidential or High Point Scholarship.



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