Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows


The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a highly selective six week summer institute for rising college juniors offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities at the home of America’s first president just outside our nation’s capital.

“The opportunity to be inspired by and learn from George Washington’s legacy cultivated a unique and rewarding experience. At Mount Vernon, I was encouraged to dream bigger, expect more from myself, and further develop my spirit of service.”

Chidinma Hannah Nnoromele Duke University ‘17

We offer an all-inclusive six week program that provides housing, transportation, meals and a $3000 stipend.

Frequently Asked Questions

“The chance to spend my summer at Mount Vernon working on a project of my choice and really getting the tools I needed to enhance my own leadership for the future could not have been a better opportunity.”

Emerson Wells Brown University ‘18

Weekly Theme: Strategic Leadership


Shuttle to Mount Vernon


Chris Lu
Former White House Cabinet Secretary for President Obama
Deputy Secretary of Labor


"Genius of George Washington" by Edmund Morgan
Scott Miller, MVLF Facilitator


George Washington and Strategic Leadership in the Continental Army
Krysten Blackstone, Ph.D. candidate at The University of Edinburgh, Washington Library Academic Fellow


Lunch on Your Own


Overview of this week's offsite visits


Michael Morell
Former Acting Director and Deputy Director, CIA
CBS National Security Contributor


Ed Ryan, Deputy Director DIA
Mission briefing for next day’s Defense Intelligence Agency visit

previous Experiences and Speakers

“My favorite part of the program has definitely been interacting with so many amazing leaders, peers, Mount Vernon staff members, and all the speakers we met. I learned something from everyone, it was a really great opportunity to network.”

Garrett Kalt Washington State University ‘18
Capstones & Mentors

A highlight of the Leadership Fellows experience is learning how to take a personal passion and turn it into a blueprint for action in the form of a Capstone Project. Working with an assigned mentor, Leadership Fellows will be spending some of their time at Mount Vernon working on their individual capstones, culminating in a final presentation at the conclusion of the program.

Watch alumni presentations
Alumni & News

Our Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows are an accomplished group of passionate and dedicated student leaders. Meet our alumni and see Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows in the news.

  • Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

    Currently enrolled college sophomore in good standing

    Proven leadership ability and involvement

    All majors welcome

    Demonstrated interest in proposed capstone project

    Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher

    Current U.S. Citizen

  • Application requirements:


    Three (3) written essays and/or video statements (view questions)

    Two (2) letters of recommendation

    Current college transcript (applicants may use an unofficial transcript)

The link for the Summer 2019 application will be available on the bottom of this page by the end of October. Please check back.

Applications will be due January 31, 2019.

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