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Washington World Fellows Welcome Day

Hosted by Central Washington University: Fellows meet one another in the center of the state for the first time

Office of the Lt. Governor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 17, 2018

Lt. Governor’s Washington World Fellows program celebrates inaugural Welcome Day event at Central Washington University

Saturday, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib delivered the keynote address for the Washington World Fellows Welcome Day at Central Washington University, the inaugural event of the Washington World Fellows program.

Launched this past year, the Washington World Fellows program is an equity-focused study abroad and college-readiness fellowship created by the Lt. Governor. The fifteen fellows selected for the program were chosen in March from an applicant pool of nearly 300 students from around the state, all of whom earned the nomination of a teacher or counselor and submitted an application to be considered.

The Washington World Fellows Welcome Day event marked the first time the fellows met one another. All fifteen fellows, many of whom brought their siblings, parents, grandparents, teachers, and principals with them, were able to participate.

“We were incredibly gratified to see so much enthusiasm for the program,” Habib said. “This is the type of excitement that transforms communities — starting with these fifteen students.”

Central Washington University hosted the Welcome Day, which included orientation sessions led by the Washington World Fellows program directors and Central Washington University staff to prepare fellows for the study abroad experience, and a grand Welcome Lunch celebration.

The Welcome Lunch featured speeches from other program partners, including Central Washington University President James Gaudino, Vice President of Community Outreach for the Seattle Seahawks Mike Flood, and Honorary Consul of Spain Luis Fernando Esteban. A full list of the program’s partner organizations can be found here.

As the culminating moment of the Welcome Lunch ceremony, the Lt. Governor individually called out each of the fellows to the front of the room to acknowledge a memorable achievement, biographical fact, or quote by the student.

At the end of the event, the fellows were treated to a special surprise when they were each given a new a Surface Pro 3, donated by Microsoft.

The Welcome Lunch closed with a traditional Spanish paella meal, during which the Lt. Governor met with families, teachers, and staff.

The fifteen students selected for the inaugural Washington World Fellows class are as follows:

Jacqueline Alvarez, East Wenatchee
Carlos Barajas, Snohomish
Luis Bravo, Seattle
Cristina Calleros Martin, Bellingham
Teja Chunphakvenn-Pinkney, Vancouver
Aileen Garcia, Othello
Michelle Jimenez, Bellingham
Tayah Kohler, Inchelium
Edgar Martinez, Marysville
Daniel Neary, Olympia
Aaron Padilla Monterrey, Bellingham
Anisa Robinson, Seattle
Amber Silvers, Bremerton
Emersen Slanga, Nine Mile Falls
Ryleigh Treichel, Kelso

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Congratulations!

15 Students Selected for the Washington World Fellows Program

 

Aileen G. - Adams County, Othello High School

Jackie A. - Chelan County, Eastmont High School

Teja C. - Clark County, Skyview High School

Ryleigh T. - Cowlitz County, R. A. Long High School

Tayah K. - Ferry County, Inchelium High School

Luis B. - King County, Chief Sealth International High School

Anisa R. - King County, Garfield High School

Amber S. - Kitsap County, Bremerton High School

Edgar M. - Snohomish County, Marysville Pilchuck High School

Carlos B. - Snohomish County, Snohomish High School

Emersen S. - Stevens County, Lakeside High School

Daniel N. - Thurston County, Capital High School

Cristina C. M. - Whatcom County, Bellingham High school

Aaron P. M. - Whatcom County, Sehome High School

Michelle J. - Whatcom County, Squalicum High School

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Washington World Fellows Program Meets Widespread Interest From Students; Gathers Support From Seattle Seahawks and Others

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February 20, 2017

 Media Contact:                Kristina Brown, Director of External Relations

                                             360.786.7707 | Kristina.Brown@ltgov.wa.gov

Washington World Fellows Program Meets Widespread Interest From Students; Gathers Support From Seattle Seahawks and Others

Olympia-- Today the Office of the Lt. Governor announced that the Washington World Fellowship, a brand new equity-focused study abroad and college readiness program, received over 270 applications for its inaugural class of fellows.

The program was established as a partnership between the Office of the Lt. Governor and the Association of Washington Generals, in collaboration with Central Washington University and the Honorary Consulate of Spain.

“I’m excited that students from all over the state have shown interest in this program – from Prescott to La Push,” Lt. Governor Habib said. “Study abroad changes lives. I am thrilled that this fellowship will expand opportunities for these inspirational and hardworking students.”

This summer, 15-20 tenth grade students will embark on a six-week study abroad experience in Leon, Spain, where they will earn ten college credits from Central Washington University. Following the trip, students will have access to college readiness resources and other opportunities through their graduation from high school and beyond. The fellowship is offered at no cost to students.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Patty Kuderer, SSB 5746, would dedicate a portion of the Seahawks license plate proceeds to the program. The bill received unanimous approval from the state Senate last week, and is scheduled for legislative action in the state House of Representatives this week.

“The Seahawks are defined not only by their gameplay, but also by their commitment to community,” said Mike Flood, Vice President of Community Outreach for the Seattle Seahawks. “The Washington World Fellows program is a fantastic new opportunity for us to promote equity and inclusion in our state by providing our most underserved students with a life-changing academic and cultural experience.”

The 2018 study abroad program will begin June 30 and end August 10. Fellowship winners will be announced in March.

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Announcing the Washington World Fellows program

December 7, 2017

The Association of Washington Generals is proud to announce the launch of a new statewide study abroad and college readiness fellowship: The Washington World Fellows program! Nominations and applications are now being accepted.

Established as a partnership between the Office of the Lt. Governor and the Association of Washington Generals, in collaboration with Central Washington University and the Honorary Consulate of Spain, the program will include a six-week study abroad opportunity in Léon, Spain in the summer of 2018, and a post-trip college-readiness support program. 

While studying abroad, students will have the opportunity to earn college credit through the program’s Spanish Language and Spanish Current Events & Politics courses; enjoy a truly immersive experience by residing with local host families; and learn about Spanish history firsthand on guided field trips. Following the trip, students will have access to college-preparation resources and other unique opportunities.

The purpose of the program is to provide students who may lack access to similar opportunities with a life-changing academic and cultural experience. For that reason the program, including airfare, is offered at no cost to students or their families.

For students to be eligible for the program, they must be nominated and have their applications submitted by February 16th. 

If you are a teacher, you may submit nominations online for up to three 10th grade students whom you think would benefit most from this program. To be eligible for the program, students must have completed at least one year of high school Spanish by the summer of 2018, or be able to demonstrate elementary conversational Spanish.

Up to 20 students will ultimately be chosen for the 2018 Washington World Fellows program. If you know a student who might be interested in this program, please share this information with them! 

For more information about the program, including a more complete list of partner organizations, please visit waworldfellows.org. If you have additional questions, please email info@waworldfellows.org, or call the Lt. Governor’s office at (360) 786-7707.