Nixon Fellowship Program

Richard Nixon yearbook pictureCreated to honor Whittier College alumnus (Class of 1934) and former United States President Richard M. Nixon, the Nixon Fellowship is designed to prepare exceptional students for informed citizenship and service through internships, scholarship, and research opportunities that echo Nixon's successful legacy in domestic and foreign policy. Students named Nixon Fellows will develop leadership skills, increase international understanding, and experience the rewards inherent in a career dedicated to the public good. Nixon's former U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, is an honorary member of the advisory board for this program. Read a recent Los Angeles Magazine article about Nixon's life through a pictorial map here.

Nixon Fellowship awards and amounts may vary, depending on the project scope and timeframe, and may be attached to other independent academic opportunities such as international study or research. The Student Fellowships Committee composed of faculty and staff reviews student applications, and recommends candidates to the advisor based on established academic criteria and on the viability as well as feasibility of the proposed project. 

Eligibility Criteria

For 2017-2018, The Nixon Fellowship seeks students:

  • who are currently Whittier first year students, sophomores, or juniors,
  • who have a graduation date of May 2018 or later,
  • who at the time of application have a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA, and
  • who are in good academic and social standing at the time of application (cannot have any active Student Life sanctions).

Program Benefits

One Whittier College student will be selected as the Nixon Fellow to engage in a self-designed program of focused learning and applied experience. The Nixon Fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend toward the completion of an internship experience and project(s) during the year. The funds for the Nixon Fellowship are made available through gifts from friends and alumni of Whittier College.

Applying to the Program

For the 2017-2018 academic year, Nixon Fellowship applications will be accepted in Spring 2017.

A complete application will include:

  • A Nixon Fellowship application form (available on Moodle), 
  • A learning proposal following the prescribed format, 
  • Your unofficial academic transcript, and
  • Your current resume.

Application Deadline: March 8, 2017 (submission via Moodle; see advisor for instructions).

Current Fellows 2016–17

Titas Grabauskas '18
National Political Convention Fellows:Cindy Banh ’19, Samantha Vega ’18  Read about their experiences here

Past Fellows

2015 – 2016
Patrick Kellycooper '16 Read about his research here.
Clifton Whittaker '16  Read about his research here.

2014 – 2015
Matthew Emrick '15 Read about his research here.
Jessica Nemerovski '16 

2013 – 2014
​William Hougan '14 Read about his research here.
Presidential Inauguration Fellows: Daniel Jacob Kulick '13 & Carlee Shults '14 Read about their experiences here.

2012 – 2013
Mario Obando '13 Read about his research here.

2011 – 2012
Poonam Narewatt '13 Read about her research here.

2010 – 2011
Melissa Samarin '11 Read about her research here.

2009 – 2010
Alex Tallarida '10

2008 – 2009
Caitlin Finley '09
National Political Convention Fellows: Steve Addezio '09 & Dan Strauss '09
Presidential Inauguration Fellows: Neslie Tumulac '11 & Teresa Baranowski '10

2007 – 2008
Nicole Greer '08
Hansen Hunt '08

Who to Contact

Professor Mike McBride
Political Science
Platner 103