College Students Selected as Presidential Management Fellowship Finalists

by Anne Reynolds

Kathryn E. Ágoston, Director of Graduate Fellowships in the Office of the Provost, has announced that George Mason University can boast its largest ever group of Presidential Management Fellows Class of 2015 Finalists. Four of these finalists are from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Presidential Management Fellowship is a highly selective and competitive leadership development program designed to identify advanced degree candidates for entry-level opportunities with the United States government.

Students who are called to public service complete a rigorous application process for consideration in the program. As PMF finalists, they are able to seek a two-year PMF appointment with the federal government in an agency of their choice. Once they secure the appointment, they receive special professional development opportunities; most will complete the appointment having received offers of full-time employment with the government.

Ágoston notes that nearly all of Mason’s 2016 PMF finalists attended the Semi-Finalist Workshop held in November, 2015, organized by Mason’s Office of Graduate Fellowships with support from Career Services. The workshop helps the semi-finalists prepare for the interview stage of the competition and creates opportunities for the applicants to connect with Mason alumni who are currently serving as PMFs.

The college congratulates all of Mason’s PMF finalists, particularly Charlotte Brock, psychology, Melissa Whitlock, MA Global Affairs ’14, Jimmy Gause, BA Global Affairs '12, and Dilan Wickrema, BA Global Affairs '15.