Presidential Fellows: The Benefits
Once you choose Washington College and become a Presidential Fellow, doors start opening. Here are some of the special opportunities you can expect.
Eat, Drink, Network
Beginning with an elegant dinner hosted by President Sheila Bair, you’ll have special opportunities to meet with distinguished scientists, artists, technology and business entrepreneurs, authors, policy makers, legislators, and honored academics—all of whom want to see you succeed and can help you do it.
George Washington & Honor
As part of orientation, first year students travel to Mount Vernon where they recite the Honor Code as a class. Presidential Fellows remain at Mount Vernon for a lecture on George Washington and leadership, given by the founding director of the Library for the Study of George Washington.
Sail, Learn, Enjoy
Each year the Presidential Fellows spend a day sailing aboard the Sultana, a replica of an 18th century schooner. A floating classroom for learning about the history, culture, and environment of the Chesapeake Bay, the Sultana gives you a unique and memorable way to get acquainted with the heart of your new College home, the Chester River. After a full day on the water, you’re treated to a riverside picnic followed by fireworks at dusk.
Hit the Road
Get ready to venture to Philadelphia for a special tour of Independence Hall and the Constitution Center. A trip to Annapolis gives you a chance to witness firsthand the workings of government during Maryland’s legislative session, where you’ll meet with College alumni who include elected representatives and lobbyists.
Throughout the year you’ll be a special guest at activities sponsored by the College’s chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, the Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows, and the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society. These opportunities will help you qualify for election to these honors societies, which can open further doors for you to compete for distinguished national honors such as Fulbright Fellowships and Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, and Truman scholarships.