Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program 2020

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a highly selective six-week summer institute for rising college juniors (current college sophomores) offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities at the home of America’s first president just outside our nation’s capital. The program offers a dynamic and stimulating leadership curriculum that encourages students to examine their personal strengths, identify areas for growth, and ultimately take action as a leader. In that spirit, these leadership lessons are taught within a framework highlighting the inspirational leadership model of George Washington. Fellows will gain key experience in the areas of character-based leadership, decision making, institution building, and more.

What you’ll do:

Each week students will meet with some of the nation’s top leaders, engage with the other Fellows on leadership styles and skills, and collaborate with their assigned mentor on their individual capstone projects which conclude the program. A great deal of time will be spent at the Mount Vernon Estate. The National Library for the Study of George Washington will provide much of the classroom setting, but there will be many times when we take advantage of the Washington, DC area with special tours of American institutions, meetings with national leaders, and special group experiences.

What’s included:

An all-inclusive fellowship is provided. Your travel, food, and lodging will all be covered. There will be some organized group meals and stipends for those meals on your own. Additionally, you will receive a $3000 stipend for participating in the program.


During the first week of the program, fellows live on the Estate, mere steps from the Mount Vernon Mansion. For the remainder of the program, accommodations are provided at a hotel in charming Old Town, Alexandria near shops, restaurants, and public transportation.


Applications must be submitted by the January 31st deadline, along with two letters of recommendation.

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NRHC Conference 2020

#NRHC2020: Finding Your Voice—Speaking Truth to Power

The Northeast Regional Honors Council will be holding its annual conference this year in Albany, NY!

This is an extraordinary opportunity for all undergraduate Honors students, from all fields of interest, to participate by submitting a presentation proposal of no more than 300 words for review. Applicants will be notified on December 18, 2019 regarding acceptance.

Proposals are due by November 15, 2019.

Proposal Categories:

  • Paper Presentations
  • Poster Presentations
  • Roundtable Discussions
  • Idea Exchange
  • Art Gallery

Presentation Strands:

  • Economics, and Technology
  • Education
  • History, Politics, and Culture
  • Language, Literature, and Philosophy
  • Natural Sciences, Psychology, and Allied Health
  • Media Studies and the Arts
  • Social Sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Geography, and Jurisprudence)
  • Honors Education and Practice

For more information, please contact or visit for the full description and complete set of guidelines.





This semester we (senior Eric Green and junior Allie Osterhoudt) are co-chairing the TEDxSJFC planning team.  All Honors students are welcome to join the team, to chair a subcommittee, and/or to help out on the day of the event. Our first planning meeting will be on Tuesday, September 24th, Free period in Basil 118.  Everyone is welcome, however much or little you’re able to offer.  If you’re interested but unable to make that meeting, or if you have any questions, contact Eric or Allie.

There are many things to get done in preparation for the event, but they say many hands make light work, so any help is appreciated! Your non-Honors friends are also welcome to participate. The event itself will take place on Friday January 24 from 5-9pm.

We welcome people with any of these interests or skills: Social media, Theater, Design, Organization, Technology, PR, Food, Sponsorships, Community Outreach…

People who are chairing committees can do so for Honors credit, but need to contact Dr. Bissonette about it ASAP.