Photos by Katy Laliotis '21

The Whitman Community Fellow Initiative funds a cohort of juniors and seniors to spend an academic year working part-time at a prominent Walla Walla Valley organization to address some of the area’s social, economic and cultural challenges.

Community Fellows meet successful, high-level leaders in Walla Walla and receive professional mentoring, targeted career development guidance, and broad exposure to local organizations in addition to the one where they work. Community Fellows also learn about important issues in southeastern Washington.

Meet the 2018-19 Community Fellows and learn more about the projects they are working on this year here.

Past Community Partners have included: Walla Walla Leaders Network, Helpline Walla Walla, Downtown Walla Walla Foundation Walla Walla STEP Shelter, Washington Small Business Development Center, Public Health-Always Walla Walla County, United Way of Walla Walla County, Walla Walla County Department of Court Services, Whitman Mission National Historic Site, Blue Mountain Action Council, Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, SonBridge Community Center, The Health Center, Community Council, Ink-Out, and Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, and more.

Whitman’s Community Fellow program is supported in large part thanks to a grant from the Donald and Virginia Sherwood Internship Endowment.

Selected Community Fellows:

  • Attend a mandatory orientation on September 21st from 4-5pm
  • Work for 160 hours over the course of two semesters
  • Receive an Educational Award of $2400 for their position, to be awarded monthly ($300/per month)
  • Attend 20 weekly meetings and professional development workshops (in addition to their project work), for a total of 20 hours over two semesters
  • Host the other Community Fellow students at their organization and give a presentation about their work

The Fellows Fair for the 2018-19 participating organizations took place on September 4th, 2018. The Fellows Fair for the 2019-2020 organizations will be scheduled for sometime in September 2019; more information will be available in August 2019.

Applications for the 2018-19 Community Fellow Program are now closed; if you are interested in applying for the 2019-20 program the application will be available in August 2019.