Jan. 1, 2009 — The Presidents Commission on White House Fellowships is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 Class of Fellows, and Gov. John deJongh Jr. wants to remind young eligible Virgin Islanders to apply.
Applications are available at the program's website and must be submitted electronically by Feb. 1.
"(I)t would be a real honor to have a Virgin Islander among the programs distinguished alumni, deJongh said in a Government House release. Founded in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson, the White House Fellows Program is one of Americas most prestigious programs for leadership and public service."
White House Fellows spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally.
The program has fostered a legacy of leadership, with almost 600 alumni who are respected leaders. Alumni include Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Travelocity CEO Michelle Peluso, and Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert.
Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of remarkable professional achievement early in one's career, evidence of leadership potential, a proven commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the Federal government. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.
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