History of the Fellowship
Vernon W. Holleman Jr. was a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 1958, a University trustee and recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Following his death in 1999, Holleman's family, friends and fellow alumni established a fellowship in his name to honor Holleman's lifetime of commitment and dedication to Washington and Lee University. His devoted support of the Washington, D.C., Alumni Chapter and his work with students from the area was a source of great pleasure for him. Therefore, it is a fitting tribute to Holleman that students from the metropolitan Washington area who embody the core values of the University and have a commitment to community service be afforded a summer opportunity to expand their leadership potential.
Applicants are encouraged to present a proposal for summer work or study in the areas of public or community service or civic learning that enhances student leadership qualities and provides an incentive for fellows "to make a difference." One Holleman Fellowship of up to $5,000 is awarded each spring to a student from the metro D.C. area to work or study in the United States or abroad the following summer. A proposal may be made jointly by more than one student.