HKS Well Represented Among 2014-2015 White House Fellows

August 28, 2014
HKS Admissions Blog

The recipients of the prestigious White House Fellowship for 2014-2015 have been announced and Harvard Kenndy School (HKS) is well represented. Six of the 15 selected are HKS graduates and two others spent time at HKS as fellows. All together, 53 percent of the new fellows either graduated from the Kennedy School or participated in fellows programs at HKS.

According to the White House, the White House Fellows program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders, “first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs. This unique opportunity to work within our nation’s government is designed to encourage active citizenship and a lifelong commitment to service."

The Fellows take part in an education program designed to broaden their knowledge of leadership, policy formulation, and current affairs. Community service is another essential element of the program, and fellows participate in service projects throughout their year in Washington, D.C.

Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of professional achievement, evidence of leadership potential, and a proven commitment to public service. Each Fellow must possess the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute meaningfully at senior levels in the Federal government. Throughout its history, the program has fostered leaders in many fields, including leaders in government, business, law, media, medicine, education, diplomacy, and the military.

Those selected with an HKS affiliation are:

Megan E. Carroll MPP 2009

Jacob E. Donnelly MPAID/MBA 2011, Center for Public Leadership George Fellow

Jonathan M. Dorsey MPA 2014, Center for Public Leadership Zuckerman Fellow

Kate F. Higgins-Bloom MPA 2011

Marisa L. Porges
Belfer Center Fellow

Mario Luis Ramirez
MPP/MD 2007

Lindsay L. Rodman MPP/JD 2007

Edward Sheen, Center for Public Leadership Zuckerman Fellow

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All together, 53 percent of the new fellows either graduated from the Kennedy School or participated in fellows programs at HKS.