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President’s Fellows

African Americans represent only 9% of executive leadership roles at nonprofit organizations. According to a survey presented by the Council on Foundations, in 2020 people of color comprised 27% of full-time foundation staff and only 10% of those in CEO and leadership roles.

Our President’s Fellows program is an initiative that seeks to increase diversity of male leadership within the philanthropic sector and provide them with meaningful professional development experiences.

If you’re an African American male student attending Allen University, Benedict College, Claflin University, or South Carolina State University, we encourage you to participate in our year-long fellowship program. Fellows are exposed to variety of aspects of philanthropy, including grant making, financial management, community building, public policy and issue-driven initiatives.

"This outstanding program has not only enriched my awareness of philanthropy but also the significance of professionalism, networking, the value of genuine friendship, and giving back to the communities. Now I can write a professional email in various ways, build strong future bonds with recruiters, make long-lasting relationships and give back to the community."

Heyveon Clemons

Fellowship Class 2019


Gain real-life work experience

Real-life work experience

Grow through professional development

Professional development

Engage in networking and mentoring opportunities

Networking and mentoring

Paid fellowship

Paid fellowship


  • 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


Each year, the President’s Fellows program begins in the Fall semester and continues until the end of the Spring semester in May. The program is currently available to African American male students who will be starting their sophomore or junior year this fall at Allen University, Benedict College, Claflin University, or South Carolina State University.


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Email us for more information and to learn how to apply to the President’s Fellow program.

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