Lieutenant Governor Welcomes Incoming Class of Washington World Fellows

On May 18, 2019, Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib formally introduced the 2019 cohort of the Washington World Fellows program at a Welcome Day event hosted by Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. The event marked the first time the 2019 cohort, selected in April, had the opportunity to meet one another in person.

Launched in 2017 by the Lt. Governor’s office, the Washington World Fellows program provides students with a study abroad experience in León, Spain during the summer between grades 10 and 11, followed by two years of college readiness and leadership development programming. Nearly of all of this year’s fellows will be the first in their families to attend college.

“We want to create global leaders from every community in our state,” said Lt. Governor Habib. “That’s what makes this special. The new fellows we have here today not only represent their communities; they represent the next generation of Washington leaders in business, medicine, and politics. I couldn’t be more excited to welcome them.”

Central Washington University Provost Katherine Frank kicked off the day’s events by speaking to the lifelong benefits that come from studying abroad. Following her remarks, the program’s directors led orientation sessions and activities aimed at preparing students and their families for the next two years of travel and academic work. 

Members of the inaugural 2018 cohort of Washington World Fellows also participated in the day’s events by acting as peer mentors to the incoming class, and by meeting with new families to answer questions about the program with firsthand experience. .

As part of the formal welcome ceremony, Lt. Governor Habib introduced each new fellow to the audience and recognized the individual traits and achievements that had distinguished them in the application process. Program partners, including members of the Association of Washington Generals, Nick Bumpaous, Brian Moreno, and Colin Pierce, were also in attendance to congratulate and welcome the 2019 cohort.

“The World Fellows are a cornerstone of the Association of Washington General’s efforts to promote civic engagement,” said Bumpaous. “When we want to show the real world impact of the work we do, this is the program we point to. On behalf of the board and my fellow generals, I’d like to say congratulations and welcome.”

The Welcome Ceremony culminated with the presentation of gift bags, donated by program sponsors, to all 15 fellows, which included an iPad to help them on their academic journey. The program is supported through a partnership with the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners, as well as with private sponsorships.