Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

About the Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a highly selective six week summer institute for rising college juniors offering unique learning and networking opportunities at the home of America’s first president just outside Washington D.C. The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows 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. One of the major highlights of the Leadership Fellows experience is the Capstone project where fellows take develop an action plan on an issue that they are passionate about. Leadership Fellows will be spending some of their time working on their individual capstones while at Mount Vernon, culminating in a final presentation at the conclusion of the program.
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. Fellows are provided with housing, transportation, meals and a $500 weekly stipend.

Special Location of award, if applicable: Mount Vernon, Virginia

Eligible applicants:

– Are currently enrolled college sophomore in good standing
– Have proven leadership ability and involvement
– Have demonstrated interest in proposed capstone project
– Have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
– Are U.S. citizens

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows application process:

Review the information about the program and eligibility requirements on the fellowship website to determine if it is a good fit for your academic background and career goals.

Discuss with your mentor(s) and CFSA about your plans to apply

Application components include:
– a resume
– three essays (prompts are available on the scholarship website)
– two recommendation letters
– current college transcript

Application deadline is in February

Interested? Contact CFSA for information on how to get started.

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:
More Information:

Enter any terms you are interested, such as “Government” or “Biotechnology”,