Lilley Fellowship Fund Established to Support In-Depth Study
Lilley Fellowship Fund Established to Support In-Depth Study

The Episcopal Academy is pleased to announce the establishment of the Lilley Fellowship Fund.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to encourage academic curiosity and intellectual rigor.

Through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. William Lilley III '55, the Fellowship will support educational opportunities for Upper School students to pursue an extended in-depth project related to EA's JTerm course work.

"JTerm instills and tests initiative, independence, and tenacity," observed Mr. Lilley. "The Lilley Fellowship jumps off from the JTerm platform."

The Fellowship is modeled after Yale University's Scholars of the House program that ran from 1945 – 1995. During the program's tenure, selected students worked with a faculty mentor and other Scholars on research and projects outside of their regular course load. "It was a grand experiment, that will now be carried on at Episcopal Academy," said Mr. Lilley.

Upper School history teacher Max Kelly '06 will oversee the Fellowship program. "I hope this Fellowship will develop students' independent resiliency and professional entrepreneurship in the pursuit of academic excellence," said Mr. Kelly.

Mr. and Mrs. Lilley approached Greville Haslam Head of School, Dr. T.J. Locke, in 2016 about the idea. "It started with talking about innovations in teaching and learning and what Dr. Locke was most proud of," shared Mr. Lilley. "His discussion of JTerm led to the establishment of the Lilley Fellowship Fund."

"We strive to create an environment at Episcopal that challenges our students and encourages them to take initiative and help direct their own educational journeys," explained Dr. Locke. "We want our students to develop a deep love for learning, pursue their passions, and embrace learning beyond the boundary of a traditional classroom setting. We are eternally grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Lilley for their generosity and commitment to helping us achieve these important educational goals."

Students in Forms III – VI are eligible to submit an application for consideration. Fellows will present their work to the Upper School community in the spring.