The John and Mimi Elrod Fellowship provides opportunities for recent Washington and Lee University graduates to develop a lifelong commitment to civic engagement and to prepare for civic leadership. The competitive fellowship program connects young alumni with innovative public service organizations that address poverty and significant social issues in the fields of healthcare, law, education, economic development and housing. In turn, organizations that participate in the fellowship program gain access to a motivated and highly-qualified pool of applicants who are committed to exploring and serving the public sector for at least a year and sometimes two.
Washington and Lee alumni in Baltimore, Houston and Washington, DC, are key to the Elrod Fellowship program, developing and maintaining relationships with partner organizations who hire program fellows. They also assign alumni mentors to fellows and organize and implement events that enrich the fellowship experience.