Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship

Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship

The Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship (formerly the Sterling and Gene Munro Public Service Fellowship) encourages life-long commitment to public service by providing outstanding undergraduates with the opportunity to explore their potential through service and leadership in the community.

Jackson Munro Public Service Fellows are selected based on the strength of a public service project proposed in collaboration with a public sector (non-profit or governmental) organization.

Factors influencing the selection of Munro Public Service Fellows include:

  • Historical commitment to and involvement with community engagement activities
  • Depth of partnership/relationship with proposed public sector partner
  • Scope and impact of proposed work during the Fellowship
  • Potentially sustainability of proposed project, how will the organization sustain this work at the end of your Fellowship?
  • Connection between proposed project, academic studies, and professional/educational goals and objectives

Made possible through the support of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the Fellowship is named for late Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson and S. Sterling Munro, Jr., the former top aide to Senator Jackson and Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration.

Selection Timeline

  • Applications for the Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship are due on November 3, 2014
  • Interviews for the Fellowship will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014
  • Selected Fellows will be notified of selection no later than Friday, November 21, 2014
  • The period of funding for the Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship is Winter and Spring quarters, 2015.

Award amounts range from $2500 to $4500, depending on the number of fellows selected.
In addition to a monetary award, Jackson Munro Fellows are also supported through workshops, and enrollment in one or more of the Carlson Center’s Community Based Leadership courses in winter and/or spring quarter. In addition, Jackson Munro Fellows receive individualized coaching about their community involvement by staff in the Carlson Center.


  • Active engagement in your community project throughout Winter and Spring quarter, 2015
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of Washington during Winter and Spring quarters of 2015.
  • Enrollment in one Carlson Center Community Based Leadership course in either Winter or Spring quarter
  • With other students in the Carlson Center’s fellowship programs, participate in an MLK Day of Service project on Monday, January 19, 2015
  • Participate in quarterly workshops and Fellowship socials, dates TBD
  • Attend the Spring Celebration of Service & Leadership on Wednesday, May 20 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Present on your project and associated learning during the Carlson Center’s Civic Fellowship Graduation/Celebration in late May, 2015 (date TBD)

Deadline to Apply:
Applications for the 2015 Fellowship are due by 11:59PM on November 3, 2014. 

Application Instructions:

There is no application form for this Fellowship. A completed application packet will consist of the following:

  • A cover sheet that includes applicant’s name, student number, and contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address).
  • A brief essay (maximum 1000 words) responding to these questions:

o    What you have learned about public service and leadership through previous involvement in your community?

o    What organization will you be working with as a Jackson Munro Fellow? What is your history with this organization?

o    What project will you undertake as a Jackson Munro Fellow?  What difference will it make for the organization you work with/the community you work within?

o    How will your project be sustained at the end of your fellowship period?

o    How will your project enhance your educational experience at the UW? How will it help you to reach your educational and professional goals?

  • A current University of Washington transcript (unofficial).
  • A letter of support from the community partner who will work with you on the project.  This letter should include a description of the community-based project, the kinds of support you will receive from your mentor and partner organization, and the anticipated impact the project will have in the community. In addition, the letter should address how the organization will work with you to insure the sustainability of your project after your Fellowship ends.

Email application materials as attachment(s) to  on or before November 3, 2014 (letters from community partners Questions about the fellowship or application status can be addressed to Rachel Vaughn, Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center,

A small number of applicants will be invited for an interview on November 13th. Applicants will be contacted regarding scheduling interviews no later than November 10th.

Learn more about the history of the Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship (formerly the Sterling and Gene Munro Public Service Fellowship) 

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