How do you become a Fellow?

First, you must be nominated. Next, each newly elected candidate is personally interviewed. Finally, all candidates are considered in the creation of a class mosaic that reflects the rich diversity of South Carolina. This mosaic transcends race, politics, gender, religion, and regions, removing traditional barriers that can block progress for South Carolina.

Who is eligible to be nominated as a Fellow?

South Carolina residents between the ages of 30 and 45 are eligible for nomination. Additionally, nominees must be proven leaders with a history of significant community engagement and successful in their chosen field. Finally, the nominator should have confidence in the candidate’s potential to have an impact at the state level.

How do I nominate someone?

Follow the easy directions on making a nomination.

Do Fellows have to reside in South Carolina?

Yes. The underlying purpose of Liberty Fellowship is to connect and help proven leaders collaborate to build a stronger South Carolina.

How often do Fellows meet?

Fellows participate in five Seminars over a period of 18 months. Four of the Seminars involve the entire class and are held in South Carolina. Fellows select their fifth seminar from among several Aspen Institute Globalization Seminar locations.

Does Liberty Fellowship have a political or religious affiliation?

No. Liberty Fellowship is rigorously non-partisan and has no religious affiliation. The diversity of perspectives is a core asset of the initiative.

Does Liberty Fellowship endorse political candidates?

No. Liberty Fellowship is non-partisan, does not endorse any political candidate and does not support any specific public policy initiative.

How much does it cost to participate as a Liberty Fellow?

Nothing. All expenses associated with being a Liberty Fellow during the 18-month Seminar period are covered. Funding associated with projects is the responsibility of the Fellow. Costs to participate in other events hosted by Liberty Fellowship are nominal and not included.

Where is Liberty Fellowship based?

Liberty Fellowship is based at Wofford College in Spartanburg and also has an office in Greenville. However, the program is a statewide initiative with an expansive network of Fellows, Mentors, and Nominators in virtually every corner of the state.

What comes after the 18-month Seminar experience?

Liberty Fellowship is a lifelong commitment. Once selected for the program, Fellows become part of a growing network of over 290 Fellows across the state. Each Liberty Fellow identifies an area, through their Fellowship project, to take action to improve South Carolina. Whether individually or collaboratively, Fellows continue to make an impact on South Carolina far beyond the initial seminar experience.