Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Students for Life leadership fellowship applications now open

It's that time of year, when I rave about the Wilberforce Fellowship and Stevens Fellowship offered through Students for Life of America (SFLA) and encourage you to apply.

The Wilberforce Fellowship brings together a select group of pro-life college students—who are already leaders of their campus organizations—and trains them to take their leadership skills to the next level, with an eye toward the possibility of full-time pro-life advocacy. The program kicks off with a weekend in the D.C. area (on SFLA's dime), and the friendships formed there are the stuff of legend. Each Wilberforce Fellow is paired with a mentor, and there are also regular readings and phone conferences throughout the year. The Stevens Fellowship is similar, but serves high school students.

I'm intimately familiar with the program: I was one of the inaugural Wilberforce Fellows, 2010-2011 class, and I later served as a mentor. (For those who are curious, my mentor was Dan McConchie, who was then an Americans United for Life attorney and is currently a state legislator. My mentee was Maria Oswalt, a University of Alabama graphic design student, who interned with Rehumanize International and just started a position with a pro-life organization in Ireland.) [EDIT: Maria informs she hasn't started yet, and is currently in Ireland as a tourist. We regret the error.] I've also given a presentation to the Stevens Fellows.

I owe so much to the solid advice, personal connections, and confidence-building encouragement I received through the Wilberforce Fellowship. I cannot recommend this program enough. If you qualify, what are you waiting for? The application deadline is April 1.

Learn more about the Wilberforce Fellowship

Learn more about the Stevens Fellowship

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