Sterling and Gene Munro Public Service Fellowship

Sterling and Gene Munro Public Service Fellowship

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. Munro Public Service Fellows are selected on the basis of a proposed public service initiative and their commitment to community engagement. Made possible through the support of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the Fellowship is named for S. Sterling Munro, Jr., the former top aide to the late Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson and Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration, and his wife, Gene, a lifelong public service advocate.

Selection Timeline
Fellows will be selected in December of 2013 and will be awarded the fellowship during the Winter and Spring quarters of 2014.

Award amounts range from $2000 to $4000, depending on the number of fellows selected.
In addition to a monetary award, 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, 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 quarters
  • 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 20, 2014.
  • Participate in a workshop focused on leveraging your fellowship experiences to apply for future competitive scholarships on Thursday, February 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Dinner will be provided.
  • Attend the Spring Celebration of Service & Leadership on Tuesday, May 20 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Present on your project and associated learning during the Carlson Center’s Civic Fellowship Graduation/Celebration on Wednesday, May 21 from 4:30 – 7:00 PM.

Deadline to Apply: EXTENDED!
Applications for the 2014 Fellowship are due by 11:59PM on November 15th, 2013. 

Application Instructions:
There is no application form for the Munro Fellowship.  A complete application packet will include:

  • 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:
    • What you have learned about public service and leadership through previous involvement in your community?
    • What project will you undertake as a Munro Fellow?  What difference will it make?
    • How is your project informed by what you have already learned about leadership and public service?
  • A current University of Washington transcript (unofficial).
  • A letter of support from a community partner or mentor 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 (or partner organization), and the anticipated impact the project will have in the community.

Email application materials as attachment(s) to  on or before November 15, 2013 (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 December 4th. Applicants will be contacted regarding scheduling interviews no later than November 26th

Learn more about the history of the Sterling and Gene Munro Public Service Fellowship

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Munro Public Service Teaching Award

Thanks to a generous gift from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the S. Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award will be given annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in community-based instruction, including service learning, public service internships, and community partnership projects.

Learn more about the Munro Public Service Teaching Award, including who is eligible, how to make a nomination, and the selection procedure:

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