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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Fellows exemplify the President’s commitment to bipartisan cooperation and civility by deeply and positively engaging in communities and pursuing lifelong careers in the public sector.
When Gerald R. Ford returned from service in World War II to Grand Rapids, Michigan, he chose to run for public office because he had a bold, constructive vision for a globally-engaged, post-war America. Ford never looked back, never stopped leading.
Donations from alumni and friends allow Fellows to take unpaid internships. These summer experiences are transformative, and unforgettable. They launch careers and encourage service.
Bilal Baydoun (BA ‘12, MPP ‘17), a foreign policy associate at the Clinton Foundation, was the inaugural Gerald R. Ford Presidential Fellow: “I was the first in my family to be born in the United States, and the first to graduate from college. But without a doubt, holding the distinction of being the inaugural Gerald R. Ford Presidential Fellow is the ‘first’ I am most proud of. And for that, I thank you.”
In the video above, Megan Nestor (MPP '19), the 2017 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Fellow, details the impact of the fellowship on her studies and how she has been inspired by President Ford to give back to the state of Michigan.
To learn more about the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Fellowship, please visit our http://fordschool.umich.edu/giving/gerald-r-ford-presidential-fellowship.