Since 1970, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) Presidential Fellows Program has inspired college students to become the public servants that will guide our nation’s future.
Today, the program continues that mission by providing top collegiate students in the United States and around the world with the opportunity to study the U.S. Presidency, the public policymaking process, and our President’s relationships with Congress, allies, the media, and the American public. Over the course of an academic year, the Fellows learn about leadership and governance, share their outstanding research, and explore careers in public service.
Since its inception, the Fellows Program has developed leadership skills in more than 1,500 students. Many of CSPC's Fellows have been awarded Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, and Gates Scholarships. Alumni of the Fellows Program also have the distinction of serving in positions such as Capitol Hill and White House staffers, award-winning journalists, CEOs of corporations and non-profit organizations, senior military leaders, and university presidents and deans.
The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) is proud to announce The Nate Morris Fellowship at George Washington University, the third endowed Presidential Fellowship launched in collaboration with Morris, an alumnus of the Presidential Fellows program.
About Nate Morris:
Nate Morris is the Founder & Chairman of Rubicon (NYSE: RBT), a leading digital waste and recycling marketplace and provider of innovative software-based products to businesses and governments worldwide. Legally formed in 2009 with a $10,000 line of credit and maxed out credit cards, today Rubicon operates in all 50 U.S. states and 20 countries around the world and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
Rubicon has ushered in a new industry standard that works to protect the United States against environmental and national security threats. The company holds more than 50 patents and helps Fortune 500 organizations, main street businesses, and governments around the world move toward increased recycling, efficiency, and tax-payer savings. Under Morris’ leadership, Rubicon has become a catalyst for groundbreaking change across the waste and recycling category while being recognized as “One of the World’s Most Innovative Companies” by Fast Company, an “Industry Disruptor” by Inc. Magazine, and a Great Place to Work™ 5 years running.
A ninth-generation Kentuckian, Morris’ family descends from Morgan County, in the heart of Appalachia. A product of public schools, Morris was raised in a union household by a single mother. He graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, as a Scottish Rite Scholar, and was elected Phi Beta Kappa.
Morris was the first Kentuckian to be named to Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list and is a regional winner of EY’s Entrepreneur of Year Award. He is also the youngest inductee ever to the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
Morris is the founder of the Morris Foundation whose mission is to provide access to the American Dream for all Kentuckians. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council and as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. In 2019, he endowed the Nate Morris Fellowship through the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) at the Gatton College.
Committed to using business as a platform to protect the United States, Morris is a member of the Board of Directors of Business Executives for National Security (BENS.org).
Morris is authoring a book that will chronicle his life story and his fight to enter the waste industry. The book is scheduled for publication by the Crown Publishing Group in 2023.
Morris and his wife Jane reside in Lexington, Kentucky.
About the Nate Morris Foundation:
The Morris Foundation is a Lexington, Kentucky-based fund devoted to hands-on philanthropy and providing financial assistance and practical support to nurture and inspire charitable institutions. The Morris Foundation was founded by Mr. Morris and his wife, Jane, to provide access to the American Dream for all Americans. It offers targeted grants and goes beyond charitable giving to offer access to tangible resources that allow partner organizations to scale in an entrepreneurial way.
Under the guidance of CSPC, the Fellows are selected by their colleges and universities.
Fellows can come from any major or specialization, but they all have strong academic credentials, a demonstrated interest in the institutions of the Presidency and Congress, and a desire to make public service a part of their careers. Typically, GW's nominees for the Presidential Fellows program are undergraduate seniors.
The Fellows participate in monthly virtual sessions with prominent policy experts, political figures, journalists, and private-sector leaders, a three-day online conference in the Fall semester, and an in-person leadership conference in Washington, DC during the Spring semester, in addition to completing a research paper that is eligible for publication and awards. While attending the conference, the Fellows participate in workshops where they present and receive constructive criticism on their research papers.
Past GW Presidential Fellows:
Zoe Eberstadt-Beattie, 2021-2022
Alexander N.S. Chang, 2020-21
Zach Hollander, The James R. Moffett Award for the Most Original Paper on the Modern Presidency or Congress: "Policy Retrenchment and Low-Income Renters: The Failure of Federal Housing Policy," 2019-20
If students are interested in considered for nomination, please submit an application through CUFR's InfoReady portal. This application includes:
- Statement of Purpose, describing how the Fellowship builds upon your prior experiences and supports your future academic and professional goals.
- Academic Letter of Recommendation
- An copy of GW transcript
For additional information, please contact CUFR.
Initial consideration of potential nominations begins in June prior to the start of the Presidential Fellows Program.
- International Affairs
- Public Affairs/Government
- Social Sciences
- Public Service
- Special Groups