About Washington World Fellows
Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib launched the Washington World Fellows program in 2018 as the state’s first global leadership program for high school students. The fellowship seeks to empower motivated high school students through travel and education by offering a life-changing study abroad experience and college readiness program to fifteen exceptional students each year.
Starting in the summer following 10th grade, the Washington World Fellows participate in a six-week study abroad experience in León, Spain, where they earn college credit by studying the Spanish language at the University of León, immerse in Spanish culture by living with local homestay families, and learn about Spanish history firsthand through guided field trips. When students return home, they participate in two years of rigorous college preparation, including SAT and ACT test support, and have access to a number of unique leadership opportunities.
The overarching purpose of the program is to provide deserving students who may lack access to similar opportunities with an academic and study abroad experience that will enhance their high school academics, support their trajectory into college, and encourage them to become leaders in their communities. In order to fulfill that goal, the program, including airfare, will be administered at no cost to students and their families.
15 current 10th grade students will be selected to take part in the 2019 Washington World Fellows program. To be considered for the program, students must be nominated by their teachers or counselors and submit their applications online by February 6th, 2019.
The Washington World Fellows program is established as a partnership between the Office of the Lt. Governor, the Association of Washington Generals, and the University of León.
Photo credit: David Dick, CWU photographer
If you would like to support the Washington World Fellows and make a difference in a high school student’s life, please consider making a donation here!
All donations will go directly to the Washington World Fellows Fund, held by the Association of Washington Generals.
Sponsor a Student
To directly provide a student in Washington with a transformative academic and cultural experience, consider becoming a student sponsor!
A donation of $6,000 fully covers a students' costs - including travel costs, lodging, meals, field trips, and classes.
To recognize your outstanding support for students in this state, sponsors will be listed on our Sponsors page.