About the William Aiken Fellows Society
The William Aiken Fellows Society is a group of highly capable students who have the potential for success in the pursuit of national and international opportunities reserved for top scholars. Throughout their college careers, William Aiken Fellows work closely with the Dean and Associate Dean of the Honors College and with the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards to develop an academic and professional portfolio to position themselves to be strong candidates as they apply for prestigious awards.
Fellows also build leadership skills and develop close relationships with faculty and professionals who are experts in their fields. They participate in numerous programs designed to create leadership opportunities, enrich their academic experience, and prepare them for graduate work and beyond. Students who receive this impressive designation participate in monthly conversations with scholars, professional skill-building workshops, and individual mentoring sessions focused on the development of the personal essay, interviewing skills, and academic goal setting. Scholars also attend an annual reception with College officials and are invited to a number of special lectures and seminars.
The Honors College identifies high school seniors as prospective William Aiken Fellows based on their Honors College applications. Appointments to the William Aiken Fellows Society are reserved for top students who have highly competitive test scores, GPA, and rank in class. Select candidates are invited to attend an on-campus interview. During this interview, a number of scholarship enhancements dedidated specifically to William Aiken Fellows will be determined.
Students who are accepted into the society must maintain a 3.7 GPA in their Freshman year and a 3.8 GPA for following years to continue as members. They must also participate actively in all programming and serve as Honors Ambassadors for Honors College events throughout the year.
Christian Bailey '12 and Caroline Newman '12 both received CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors in recognition of their academic and athletic success as student-athletes. Christian also received CoSIDA Academic All-American Honors.
Melissa Huber '11 won the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship which will provide $5000 to support her studies at Duke University.
Sara Sprehn '11 received a Fulbright Full Grant to pursue a master’s degree in public health and nutrition at the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas in Mexico.
Melissa Huber '11 won the Lionel Pearson Fellowship which will fund her graduate study in Classics at the University of Reading in England. Upon completion, she will begin her doctoral studies at Duke University.
Annie Murray '14 and Jessica Dugan '14 both received the Colonial Scholarship, the College of Charleston’s most prestigious scholarship providing full funding from initial enrollment through graduation.
Click on the link below to discover the impact these Fellows have had on the College of Charleston campus and in the Honors College. This class successfully took advantage of the opportunities made available and promoted by the William Aiken Fellows Society.
From the Fellows Perspective
Adam Brunelle '11
"The William Aiken Fellows Society successfully melds the worlds of scholarship and camaraderie. I've had more opportunities through my involvement in William Aiken Fellows Society than I'd have thought possible. And I've made friends along the way. The Honors College faculty and staff do a wonderful job of providing us with engaging speakers and valuable instruction. The student who takes advantage of becoming a William Aiken Fellow has innumerable opportunities for a stronger future."