Investing in 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 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 begin in the fall semester and end at the finish of the spring semester in May
  • Male students at Benedict College in their first through third years are eligible to participate in the fellowship
  • Must attend a total of six Foundation events throughout year (bold events are mandatory)
    • Foundation Board meeting
    • Foundation staff meeting
    • Site visit
    • Grants Committee meeting
    • Grantmakers meeting
    • Listening session
    • Other event, specified on provided calendar
  • The Fellow must meet with each of the Foundation’s departments to better understand what keeps a statewide funder functioning. Departments the Fellow must set up meetings with:

  • It is the Fellow’s responsibility to schedule all events and meetings with designated Foundation representatives.
  • 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 which requirements the Fellow has already completed. It 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 datePaper Prompt: After your year as a President’s Fellow, what have you learned about the various aspects of philanthropy? How will the knowledge you have acquired during your Fellowship inform your academic and or professional goals? 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.

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, not including office visits to the Foundation.