One of the traditions of the Presidency that I have come to value
the most is the White House Fellows. President Johnson started this
program more than 30 years ago observing that "a society that cherishes
freedom cannot be a spectator society." I believe wholeheartedly in
I commend you for applying to be a White House Fellow. Nearly 500
Americans have served as White House Fellows, and virtually all of
them have gone on to make significant contributions to their communities
and our nation. Your own interest in joining the ranks of these dedicated
public servants shows that you, too, understand the need for citizens
to be actively involved in their government.
As America's most prestigious fellowship program for leadership
development and public service, the White House Fellowships offer
a unique opportunity to learn how government works. I wish you the
best as you go forward with the Fellowship selection process, and
I thank you for your desire to serve our nation.