Shane Benz

Class of 2016
Major/Minor: Political Science and Economics

Shane is a Presidential Fellow student focusing on political science and economics. Hailing from the Philadelphia region, he began his collegiate studies with the Starr Center aboard the schooner Sultana. After graduating in 2016, Shane hopes to find a career in public policy, writing/editing, communications, and administrative organizing.


Hometown: Pennsburg, Pennsylvania

High School: Upper Perkiomen H.S. 

Why did you choose your major? I have a strong passion for public service and political engagement, and believe that active citizenship is essential to the success of our nation. 

A professor/class at WAC that has impacted you and why: Professor Prud’homme: This brilliant man is why I accepted to Washington College, and was able to travel Rome and the Italian countryside last summer. 

Favorite Chestertown Hangout: Play it Again Sam’s 

Favorite way to procrastinate: The internet, of course. 

Favorite Quote: “Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.”–Thomas Jefferson

How the Presidential Fellows Program Impacted your education:

This program has been invaluable through the early connections it has made for me as a freshman and sophomore. I am proud to be a Presidential Fellow, and I know that my future prospects would be quite different without having that special distinction during my first two years of college.


Campus Involvement

With the college, he currently serves as treasurer for their Trap and Skeet Team as well as Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Having participated in Model United Nations, he has participated in competitions at Yale University as well as McGill University in Montreal. Traveling abroad during the summer of 2013, Shane studied peace, conflict and religion as well as leadership ethics with students from around the world in a global program held in Rome, Italy. He has participated in the Washington to Wall Street Program, where he took part in corporate training and venture seminars both here in Chestertown as well as New York City. With the Starr Center, Shane works as an Oral History Student Associate. Further, Shane is a member of the Cater Society for Junior Fellows, Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society), and Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society).


  • Student Associate, C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience
  • Cater Society for Junior Fellows
  • The Kappa Sigma Fraternity
  • Secretary, History Society
  • Member of EROS (Encouraging Respect of Sexuality)
  • Member of the Washington College Trap and Skeet Team
  • Member of Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society)
  • Member of Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society)