Grants | Civic Leaders Fellowship Program

Program Background

The Civic Leaders Fellowship provides summer employment and a program of civic leadership development for college students who reside in the Foundation’s service area.  The program’s key goals are:

  1. To enhance students’ personal skills as well as to improve their ability to find meaningful employment in our region upon college graduation;
  2. To introduce area nonprofit organizations, government entities and businesses to students through the Fellows’ placement with their organization; and,
  3. To offer a collaborative way for employers, nonprofits and foundations to work collectively to improve our region’s potential workforce for the future.

The Foundation seeks applications from students for participation in the program and also from hosts (non-profit agencies, government entities, and for-profit businesses) for placement opportunities for students.

Information for Student Applicants

To apply for consideration for participation in the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program, a student must:

  • Be a current resident of Brooke, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler or Wetzel County in West Virginia or Belmont or Jefferson Counties in Ohio;
  • Satisfactorily complete at least his/her first semester of freshman year of study at an accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum of a 2.0 or higher grade point average;
  • Sincerely desire to participate in a program of civic education and summer employment and be willing and able to work a full-time schedule in a non-profit, business or government institution, with placement at the Foundation’s discretion;
  • Be committed to full-time employment during the Fellowship period, to interacting in a positive manner with other program Fellows and staff at the assigned workplace;
  • Be committed to completing the full duration of the program;
  • Be aware that while he/she will be placed at a position most closely proximate to his/her home, every Friday all Fellows will be required to attend a program in Wheeling, WV; and,
  • Have the long-term personal goal of returning to the general region (West Virginia and Ohio, or the service area of the CFOV).

Please review the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Student Guidelines for detailed information on the program’s purpose, time-frame, compensation, and work expectations: Student Guidelines

If you have not been a Civic Leaders Fellow previously, click here to access the application for first-year students.  The application deadline for first year applicants is February 28.

If you were a Civic Leaders Fellow in 2013 and would like to participate in the program for a second year in 2014, click here to access the application for second-year students.  The application deadline for second year applicants is February 3.

Please note that when you first access the online application, you will need to create a user name and password. This enables you to work on your application as you are able. To return to an application that you previously started, use the appropriate link above, then enter your user name and password. Please be certain to make note of your user name and password as you will need that information to return to your application. When you have completed your application, be certain to click the submit button at the end of the application. You should receive an e-mail confirmation from the Foundation that we have received your application.

Please note that the online application process is being administered by Our Community’s Foundation, headquartered in Parkersburg, WV.

For questions about the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program, contact: Renee George, CFOV, 304-242-3144 or renee@cfov.org.

For questions about the technical aspects of completing the online application, contact: Marian Clowes, Our Community’s Foundation, 866-428-4438 (toll-free), or info@pacfwv.com.

Information for Host Applicants

Eligibility to submit a Placement Proposal is limited to nonprofit organizations, governmental institutions and business in the following counties: Brooke, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler and Wetzel Counties in West Virginia or Belmont and Jefferson Counties in Ohio.

Entities proposing a placement cannot be guaranteed assignment of a Fellow as placements depend upon the unique needs of the student applicants.  Fellows will be matched to regional placement opportunities according to their career goals and self-development needs.

To be considered as a host site:

  • Placements proposed must not be a menial or routine nature (e.g., not more than 20% of the proposed placement should reflect tasks that are clerical or menial).
  • Adequate supervision for the Fellow must be available at all times.
  • The host must identify a host site Mentor for the Fellow (this person may or may not be the host site Supervisor) who can aid the Fellow with day-to-day issues.
  • The host site must be compliant with all pertinent safety regulations, etc., according to the nature of its types of worksite or industry – any safety equipment needed must be identified in the Placement Proposal and the host must plan to furnish it.
  • A dedicated workspace must be available, with telephone and/or internet access as appropriate.
  • All worksites must be fully accessible; if there are any accessibility limitations possible (e.g., stairs) those must be identified in the Placement Proposal.
  • Any special work requirements must be identified in advance in the Placement Proposal.
  • Any skills that would be appropriate to strong job performance must be identified in advance in the Placement Proposal.
  • The host Mentor or Supervisor must plan to provide a brief orientation to the particular work site for a Fellow, if assigned.
  • Hosts may not request or select a particular Fellow – host selection is the purview of the independent Selection Committee; this is essential to supporting the tax-deductible nature of gifts to the fund from which the students are paid.
  • If selected, the host site Mentor or Supervisor must be willing to serve as the host organizational representative and attend a brief orientation at the Foundation’s office prior to the start of the program.
  • The host Mentor must be willing to meet with the Program Director twice during the course of a Fellow’s placement as the Director conducts a site visit.

There is no cost to the host for participation in the program.  Please review the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Placement Guidelines for detailed information on the program’s purpose, time-frame, and host-site expectations for more information on the program: Host Placement Guidelines

To apply to be a host for a 2014 Civic Leaders Fellow, click here to access the online application. The application deadline for hosts is March 11.

Please note that when you first access the online application, you will need to create a user name and password. This enables you to work on your application as you are able. To return to an application that you previously started, use the appropriate link above, then enter your user name and password. Please be certain to make note of your user name and password as you will need that information to return to your application. When you have completed your application, be certain to click the submit button at the end of the application. You should receive an e-mail confirmation from the Foundation that we have received your application.

Please note that the online application process is being administered by Our Community’s Foundation, headquartered in Parkersburg, WV.

For questions about the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program, contact: Renee George, CFOV, 304-242-3144 or renee@cfov.org.

For questions about the technical aspects of completing the online application, contact: Marian Clowes, Our Community’s Foundation, 866-428-4438 (toll-free), or info@pacfwv.com.