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Presidential Fellows Program

In today’s polarized political climate, we desperately need a new generation of high-capacity, spiritually-grounded leaders who bring a thoughtful Christian witness to society, leading with integrity of heart and skillful hands. If Christians are to be a part of the conversations that will shape the future of our country and the world, emerging leaders-in-training need to be in the rooms where those conversations happen. The Presidential Fellows program provides this kind of character development through intense mentoring of students in a context of faith formation and leadership development.

The Fellowship

Modeled on the highly competitive, highly effective White House Fellowship, the Presidential Fellows Program affords Taylor students the chance to work directly with a senior leader on campus, who mentors the student through a yearlong fellowship. The Program aims to catalyze the leadership potential of a select group of students, equipping them to assume positions of major responsibility within ten to fifteen years of graduation. Through work assignments and special mentoring opportunities, Fellows learn firsthand the process of leading a major institution with unique exposure to senior leaders, substantive work assignments, and horizon-broadening educational opportunities.

Presidential Fellows work approximately ten hours per week in the office of their assigned leader, advancing the university’s mission by assisting with an array of responsibilities. In addition to this substantive work placement, Presidential Fellows receive educational development in growing 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

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Ela Alvarado

As an avid communicator, Ela Alvarado believes there is always a story waiting to be told. As she transitioned to college, she knew that her calling lay in sharing those untold, yet very needed stories. Having professionally spoken before audiences of more than 500 people, managed social media accounts for her academic department, and created a YouTube cooking channel with a growing audience, she has a driven mindset for whatever she pursues. She has always loved to use social media as a medium of communication, but as her desire to tell good stories grew, she saw the need to use it more intentionally. As a senior public relations student, her greatest passion is to creatively, professionally, and strategically use social media to show the power of God’s glory at work in every single entity. With a growing passion for media management and God’s Kingdom alike, she seeks to broaden her expertise in putting them together to tell a story as it has never been told before.

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Mariah Hurst

Mariah Hurst is a Graphic Design student with a double minor in Multimedia Journalism and Honors. She was raised 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 her junior and senior year of high school, while interning as a marketing assistant at Word Made Flesh, an organization that helps those affected by sexual exploitation find abundant life in Christ. Moving from the mountains of La Paz to the cornfields of Indiana, Mariah sank her roots in the Taylor community. She has served as co-president of the International Student Society and is now the co-president of the Multicultural Student Association. As she looks to her remaining time at Taylor and beyond, Mariah's mission is to reflect God's beauty and to proclaim His Truth in her life and labor.

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Noah Huseman

Noah Huseman is a senior English Education major. He currently plays on the Taylor baseball team and has served in multiple leadership capacities at Taylor as a Personnel Assistant in Samuel Morris Hall, an intern in the Calling and Career Office, and a cabinet member in MainStage--Taylor's student organization dedicated to creating spaces for Christian fellowship through music and dance. Huseman grew up in northern Kentucky just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, in a Christ-centered household with his parents, Willie and Sherry, and his closest sister of six, Logan. Following the conclusion of his degree, Huseman plans to pursue a career coaching baseball and teaching high school English.

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Sawyer Watterson

Sawyer is the firstborn in a family of four kids and grew up in the small town of Parma, Michigan. He is a junior studying Human Physiology and Preventive Medicine at Taylor with aspirations to continue to dental school after graduation. After transferring to Taylor for his sophomore year, Sawyer is now a captain for the men’s soccer team. He has fallen in love with the community, events, and culture of Taylor’s distinctive campus. Sawyer is also a small business co-owner. He has recently assumed responsibilities in a community swim lesson business including marketing, accounting, and website development in addition to teaching swim lessons to young children. This experience has solidified Sawyer’s driving purpose to bring out the best in others. Whether through running a private dental practice or potentially leading another community-based organization, he hopes to assist and equip those around him to live life abundantly. In his free time, Sawyer loves to read, spend time with his family, and cheer on Michigan’s football and basketball teams.