September 6, 2018
Huntingdon Announces Presidential Fellows Program
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West announced today the formation of a Presidential Fellows program for new students entering the College in fall 2019. An initiative identified in the College’s strategic plan, Building Great Lives, the Presidential Fellows program was designed to attract high-achieving student-leaders who want to become engaged fully in their college experience, and who are not involved in other campus teams. The fellowship encourages personal and professional development, provides individual and collective networking and community-building, and promotes scholarship through academic colloquy and individual study. The Presidential Fellowship carries a $5,000 stackable scholarship that may be awarded in addition to selected Huntingdon Honors Scholarships and financial aid.
“We are excited to announce this new fellowship at the College,” said West. “This program encourages students to be involved deeply in the many dimensions of knowledge-gathering and of college life. There is a time commitment involved—and for that reason the program is not open to students who are already members of intercollegiate athletic teams, band, or cheer. We envision Presidential Fellows as general college students who are academically strong, intellectually curious, excited about learning, and eager to serve.”
Presidential Fellows are asked to identify an Academic Team in which they are interested in participating. The teams include (but are not limited to):
• Ability First Peer Support Team—working with peers through the College’s Ability First (disability services) Resource Center or with community youth through the Huntingdon Ability Sport Network (youth wheelchair sport teams).
• Academic Mentoring Team—provide leadership, tutoring, and other academic guidance and support for students and/or academic programs.
• Forensics/Debate Team—serving in or leading individual and team rhetorical events and preparing debaters for competition.
• Media Production/Social Media Team—providing support for recording and reporting college activities and events, creating content for College social media accounts.
• Student Technology Support Team—providing support for instructional/classroom technology initiatives for faculty and students.
• Undergraduate Science Research Team—participating in undergraduate research in the sciences and/or serving as faculty research assistants or lab assistants.
In addition, Fellows will participate in Student Affairs programming; complete annual service projects; complete a Capstone project; live in the College’s on-campus residential community; fulfill general program requirements, and remain in good standing academically and in conduct.
Leanne Mallory, a Class of 2005 Huntingdon graduate, has joined the Huntingdon staff as director of strategic initiatives and will direct the Presidential Fellows program. Mallory, who completed a Master of Education degree in higher education administration at the University of Alabama, has extensive experience working with students and faculty in first-year-experience and retention initiatives at UA. She also served as program coordinator for recruitment and training and as a residence coordinator for Florida State University, University Housing.
“The Presidential Fellows Program will provide opportunities for participants not only to build their resumes and portfolios for the future, but also to be engaged fully in the living-learning community that is Huntingdon College,” said Mallory. “It is an incredibly unique program and is designed to complement the outstanding liberal arts curriculum that already exists here. Participants will expand their abilities to think critically, to act with reason, and to grow in confidence for their future pursuits. Simultaneously, they will develop great friendships and lifelong memories through interaction with their Fellowship teammates. I’m excited to have the privilege to return to my alma mater to work with this program, and I cannot wait to start working with these students!”
To apply to the program, prospective students will complete a Presidential Fellows application in addition to their Application for Admission to the College, submitting the required information for consideration. The first round of Fellows will be selected after December 1. Minimum qualifications for acceptance into the Presidential Fellows program are an ACT of 23 and a 3.0 high school grade point average.
Through the Huntingdon Plan, Huntingdon full-time day students are provided books and information resources, a laptop computer, a senior year travel-study opportunity, and active learning opportunities in their majors—all within regular tuition and fees. Huntingdon College is an institution with a rich liberal arts tradition that is grounded in the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United Methodist Church. The College embraces the development and growth of its students in faith, wisdom, and service, providing a solid foundation that will enable them to respond to the needs of today’s complex world.
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