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.

Applications for 2019-20 Partner Organizations are now closed.

Meet the 2018-19 Community Fellows and learn more about the projects they are worked on last 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.

The Community Fellow Program awards selected Juniors and Seniors with funding or the year to support local community partner operations. Community partners apply to host a Fellow and determine what projects need to be done and which qualifications are best for their Fellow position. 

Each Community Partner varies in how many 'on-site'/'in the field' hours their Fellow will be working. 

Selected Community Fellows:

  • Attend a mandatory orientation at the beginning of the Program year
  • Work for 160 hours over the course of two semesters
  • Receive an Educational Award of $2400 for their position, to be awarded monthly ($315/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 present their projects 

The 2019-20 partner organizations can be seen below. Please note that applications for the 2019-20 Community Fellow Program are still being built. This years community partners are:

Junior and Seniors, if you are interested in being a fellow for any of the listed organizations, please visit their Handshake profile and apply directly to the organization. Applications for the fellow positions will close by September 9, 2019 (dates may vary based on organization).   

The Fellows Fair for the 2019-20 participating organizations will take place on September 5th, 2019 from 4-5PM at Reid Coffeehouse. 

Applications for the 2019-20 Community Fellow Program are now closed; if you are interested in applying to be a participating organization for the 2020-21 program, please contact Mitzy Rodriguez at