Educating Future Leaders at Benedict College

The President’s Fellow Program gives African-American male students the opportunity to use real-life experience to enhance their college career, and their future professional opportunities. Fellows are exposed to all aspects of philanthropy including grantmaking, financial management, community building, public policy and issue driven initiatives.

Ideal Fellows Are:

  • Academically successful and differentiate themselves from classmates
  • Eager to learn and participate in all aspects of philanthropy
  • Goal oriented with strong leadership skills

President’s Fellow Guidelines:

  • The Fellows program will commence in the spring semester and end at the finish of the Fall semester in December.
  • First year through third year, male, Benedict College students are eligible
  • Must attend a total of 6 Foundation events throughout year
  • 4 of these 6 must be:
    • Foundation Board meeting
    • Foundation staff meeting
    • Listening session
    • Grant Makers meeting
    • The other 2 events can be any Foundation event
  • The Fellow must meet with each department of the Foundation to better understand the different parts that keep a statewide funder functioning
  • It is the Fellow’s responsibility to meet with Foundation Fellow representative to schedule all events and meetings. The Fellow will receive a stipend of $1,000 for his participation. The Fellow will also be reimbursed for any personal expenses incurred such as travel to events other than Foundation office visits
  • For the final project, using the experiences gained and meetings with Foundation staff, the Fellow will be expected to prepare a paper and a presentation to be shared with a professional committee at the Foundation at an agreed upon date
    • Paper Prompt: After your year as a President’s Fellow, what have you learned about the variety of aspects of philanthropy? Use examples from your experiences this year to demonstrate your understanding.

Contact Dean Gerald Smalls, School of Business and Economics, at smallsg@benedict.edu.

Upon completion, the Foundation will grant $1000 either directly to the student or to Benedict College for the student’s expenses.