|Presidential Fellows 2020
Leadership is inquiry that drives action.
That’s how we think of leadership at Washington College.
The spark of leadership is struck when you question the world around you, when you
look with new eyes, when you imagine a new possibility – when you ask ‘Why?’ and ‘Why
In our view, leadership starts something simple but precious: inquiry, the courage
and curiosity to ask.
And leadership as inquiry is the heart of our Presidential Fellows Program.
Presidential Fellows are young people like you —driven to explore, eager to make a
difference, and humble enough to accept that meaningful action requires patient learning.
Each year, we look for young people who share Washington College’s core values— integrity,
determination, curiosity, civility, leadership, and moral courage.
The Presidential Fellows program brings diverse and dynamic young people together,
connects them with passionate faculty, and offers unique beyond-the-classroom learning
experiences. Over four years, the PF program provides a framework of leadership skills
and learning, collaborative exploration with dedicated mentors, and one-to-one career
coaching to help you get ready for life after college.
But what makes Presidential Fellows unique is the relationships. Presidential Fellows
offers a close-knit community of students, faculty, staff, alums, and community members.
We never forget that we’re all in this together, and that only by embracing our diversity
and differences can we forge authentic fellowship. We’re a small college, in an old
town, on Maryland’s green shore. We feel nature and history around us every day.
You’ll see it (and hear it!) once you’re here. Geese — our college’s humble, ubiquitous
athletic mascot — don’t fly alone. They flock; they fly together; and they share the
work of leading. As a Presidential Fellow you’ll share the adventure of learning to
lead — and you’ll go further than you ever imagined you could.