In today’s polarized political climate, we desperately need a new generation of high-calibre, spiritually grounded leaders who will bring thoughtful Christian witness to society and lead with integrity of heart and skillful hands. If Christians are to be part of the conversations that will shape the future of our country and the world, emerging leaders-in-training must be in the spaces where those conversations are taking place. The Presidential Fellows program provides this type of character development through intensive mentoring of students in the context of faith formation and leadership development.
The Presidential Fellows program, modeled after the highly competitive, highly effective White House fellowship, offers Taylor students the opportunity to work directly with a senior on-campus executive who will mentor the student during a year-long fellowship. The program aims to catalyze the leadership potential of a select group of students and enable them to assume positions of high responsibility within ten to fifteen years of graduation. Through work assignments and dedicated mentoring opportunities, Fellows learn first-hand the process of running a large institution with unique exposure to high-level executives, substantive work assignments, and horizon-broadening educational opportunities.
Working approximately ten hours a week in their assigned director’s office, Presidential Fellows advance the university’s mission by helping with a variety of tasks. In addition to this substantial internship, Presidential Fellows receive continuing education to grow as leaders through a series of seminars and workshops led by President Lindsay.
Junior and senior students in good standing with Student Development with a minimum GPA of 2.5 are welcome to apply. Students can go to myTAYLOR to view application details.
Current Presidential Fellows
An avid communicator, Ela Alvarado believes there is always a story waiting to be told. As she entered college, she knew her calling was to share those untold but much-needed stories. She has spoken professionally in front of more than 500 audiences, managed social media accounts for her academic faculty and created a YouTube cooking channel with a growing audience. She has an ambitious mindset for whatever she pursues. She has always loved using social media as a medium of communication, but as her desire to tell good stories grew she saw the need to use it more consciously. As a Senior Public Relations student, her greatest passion is to use social media creatively, professionally, and strategically to show the power of God’s glory at work in every single business. With a growing passion for media management and God’s kingdom, she seeks to expand her expertise by putting them together to tell a story like never before told.
Mariah Hurst is a graphic design major with a double minor in multimedia journalism and honors. She grew up in La Paz, Bolivia where she gained a deep appreciation for God’s beauty heard and seen through the stories of different cultures and people. Her passion for written and visual communication came alive during her junior and senior years of high school, when she did an internship as a marketing assistant at Word Made Flesh, an organization that helps victims of sexual exploitation live an abundant life in Christ to find. Mariah moved from the mountains of La Paz to the cornfields of Indiana and settled her roots in the Taylor community. She was Co-President of the International Student Society and is now Co-President of the Multicultural Student Association. As she looks forward to her remaining time at Taylor and beyond, Mariah’s mission is to reflect God’s beauty and announce His truth in her life and work.
Noah Huseman is a Senior English Education Major. He currently plays on the Taylor baseball team and has served in a variety of leadership positions at Taylor, as a staff assistant at Samuel Morris Hall, as an intern in the Calling and Career Office, and as a cabinet minister at MainStage – Taylor’s student organization dedicated to creating spaces for Christians Community through music and dance. Huseman grew up in a Christ-centered household in northern Kentucky, just across the street from Cincinnati, Ohio, with his parents Willie and Sherry and his closest sister, Logan, of six. After graduating, Huseman plans a career as a baseball coach and high school English teacher.
Sawyer is the firstborn of a family of four and grew up in the small town of Parma, Michigan. He is a junior studying human physiology and preventive medicine with Taylor with aspirations to continue after graduation from dental school. After joining Taylor for his sophomore year, Sawyer is now captain of the men’s soccer team. He fell in love with the community, events and culture of Taylor’s distinctive campus. Sawyer is also a co-owner of a small business. He has recently taken on responsibilities at a community swim instruction business including marketing, accounting and website development in addition to teaching swim lessons to young children. This experience cemented Sawyer’s driving intent to bring out the best in others. Whether by running a private dental practice or possibly leading another community-based organization, he hopes to support and equip those around him to live fulfilling lives. In his free time, Sawyer enjoys reading, spending time with his family, and cheering on Michigan’s football and basketball teams.