Washington World Fellows Program Overview

Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib launched the Washington World Fellows program in 2018 as the state’s first global leadership program for high school students. The fellowship seeks to empower motivated young people through travel and education by offering a life-changing study abroad experience and college readiness program to fifteen exceptional students each year.

Starting in the summer following 10th grade, the Washington World Fellows participate in a six-week study abroad experience in León, Spain, where they earn college credit by studying the Spanish language at the University of León, immerse in Spanish culture by living with local homestay families, and learn about Spanish history firsthand through guided field trips. When students return home, they participate in two years of rigorous college preparation, including SAT and ACT test support, and have access to a number of unique leadership opportunities.

The overarching purpose of the program is to provide deserving students who may lack access to similar opportunities with an academic and study abroad experience that will enhance their high school academics, support their trajectory into college, and encourage them to become leaders in their communities. In order to fulfill that goal, the program, including airfare, will be administered at no cost to students and their families.

15 current 10th grade students will be selected to take part in the 2019 Washington World Fellows program. To be considered for the program, students must be nominated by their teachers or counselors and submit their applications online by February 6th, 2019.

The Washington World Fellows program is established as a partnership between the Office of the Lt. Governor, the Association of Washington Generals, and the University of León.

More information about the program can be found at waworldfellows.org.

Statutory History

In 2018, the Washington State Legislature provided long-term funding for the Washington World Fellows program with the passage of Lt. Governor Habib's request legislation, SSB 5746, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senator Patty Kuderer. This legislation, actively supported by the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners, dedicates a percentage of the proceeds from the Seahawks and Mariners specialty license plates to the Washington World Fellows program in perpetuity.You can support next year’s Washington World Fellows class by purchasing one of these plates.

Per RCW 43.15.030, the Association of Washington Generals' financial report is available here.