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
  • Responsible and driven to complete a year-long fellowship

President’s Fellow Guidelines:

  • The Fellows program will commence in the Fall semester and end at the finish of the Spring semester in May.
  • First year through third year, male, Benedict College students are eligible
  • Must attend a total of 6 Foundation events throughout year (Bold events are mandatory)
    • Foundation Board meeting
    • Foundation staff meeting
    • Site Visit
    • Grant Makers meeting
    • Listening Session
    • Other event specified on provided calendar
    • The Fellow must meet with each department of the Foundation to better understand what keeps a statewide funder functioning
  • The Fellow must meet with each of the four departments at the Foundation to better understand what keeps a statewide funder functioning. Departments the Fellow must set-up meetings with:

  • It is the Fellow’s responsibility to meet with or call the designated Foundation representative to schedule all events and meetings.
  • The Fellow must submit a midterm report before Christmas break on an agreed upon date that summarizes the requirements that have already been met. This report will be used by the Foundation to gauge how much the Fellow has completed of his requirements. This will also be used as a guide for the Fellow to complete the remainder of his Fellowship.
  • 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 various aspects of philanthropy? Use examples from your experiences this year to demonstrate your understanding.

For more information on the President’s Fellow program, contact Chynna A. Phillips, Research and Policy Manager, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

Upon completion, the Foundation will grant $1000 either directly to the student or to Benedict College for the student’s expenses. The Fellow will also be reimbursed for any personal expenses incurred such as travel to events other than Foundation office visits.