2016 JOHN F. LOPEZ SUMMER FELLOWSHIP
John F. Lopez (JFL) Fellows annually convene at the National Hispanic Institute in the summer to share in an experience of growth and personal development. They are Latino college students selected for their leadership potential, willingness to face challenges, and ability to share talent and skill with the Latino community. Named in honor of John F. Lopez, Jr., the Lopez Fellowship is designed to elicit qualities of spirit, creativity, and talent exemplified by its founder. Of the 90,000 NHI alumni, John F. Lopez made the greatest contributions to the growth of the Institute. He served as a student participant in the first statewide LDZ program in 1983, volunteered eight successive years in NHI programs, served as an NHI full time professional, and now is a member of the NHI Board of Directors. He also founded the College Register and the NHI fellowship program.
The purpose of the John F. Lopez Fellowship program is to provide college age young men and women with a means to share their developing knowledge and expertise with others and to develop their professional leadership and management skills. As counselors, research specialists, trainers and planners, interns gain direct interactive experiences that enable them to critically examine the needs and capacities required for future leadership. To date, over 200 students have participated as John F. Lopez Fellows at NHI.
The National Hispanic Institute aims to expand the base of leadership in the Latino community. Annually, NHI conducts leadership programs for students ranging in age from high school freshmen to college seniors. Programs of the National Hispanic Institute include the Great Debate, the Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session, the Collegiate World Series, NHI Abroad Programs, the John F. Lopez Fellowship, the Collegiate Leadership Network, and Celebración. Special consortiums of the National Hispanic Institute include the College Register and Community Leadership Center. Annually, 80-100 undergraduate institutions actively work with the Institute in Latino student outreach and our community leadership council actively seeks out and mobilizes students to engage in NHI leadership experiences. Additionally, NHI achieves its level of community impact through the contribution of volunteer parents and 1,000 NHI alumni each year.
How You, Your Business, or Your College Can Participate
Colleges and universities send students to participate in summer John F. Lopez Fellowships designed to last 10 weeks. Most interns begin in late May and work through early August. The curriculum for summer fellows includes their participation in a minimum of two NHI summer leadership academies such as the Great Debate, the Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session and the Collegiate World Series. At these projects, JFL Fellows play dual roles as student mentors and advocates for their sponsoring university or college.
Long-term learning initiatives include independent projects carried out at the office of the National Hispanic Institute. Independent projects are generally in the field of research and development, cultural/historical creations, project management, and student education. All summer fellows are required to give a public presentation to NHI’s executive staff as well as present a written report to their sponsoring institutions.
Living & Working in Maxwell
The National Hispanic Institute office is housed in a three-story Victorian-style home on 46 acres of land in Maxwell, Texas. JFL Fellows live in the nearby town of San Marcos, a small university town of about 50,000 people located 10 minutes from Maxwell. San Marcos is known for its historic charm, proximity to Austin (20 miles to the North) and San Antonio (45 miles to the South), and a beautiful spring-fed river. On a small scale, San Marcos offers all the services of large cities including restaurants, local recreation and site seeing, tubing, cinemas, gift shops, and a large outlet mall. Both Austin and San Antonio offer major airports, cultural/historical activities and cosmopolitan lifestyles.
Financing the Lopez Fellowship
Interested candidates can approach their college/university or businesses to help underwrite the cost of the internship. The chief financial contributors toward this effort are the National Hispanic Institute, the sponsoring university/business, and the student. The National Hispanic Institute covers all Fellow training and management expenses while onsite at programs (meals and housing) and in living quarters in Maxwell (with the exception of utilities). The sponsoring institution covers the student’s $2,800 stipend, $1,000 administrative fee, and approximately $700 in travel costs to two NHI programs. The student must cover his/her round trip to and from Maxwell, phone/utilities, food, daily transportation to work, and personal expenses. All business contributions are tax deductible.
Interested universities, businesses, and students should contact the Office of Collegiate Services at the National Hispanic Institute at (512) 357-6137 to work out financial arrangements.
Criteria for admission into a Lopez Fellow position include the following:
- 8 grade point average or above – provide transcript
- Demonstration of leadership qualities in school and/or work
- Completed application by January 31, 2016
- Completion of at least one year of college
- Students should be unmarried and without children
Students should be prepared to ask for an official transcript and write a 300 word essay describing their interest and anticipated contribution to the JFL Fellowship Program.
Students, colleges, and businesses interested in arranging JFL Fellowships should submit student applications and letters of sponsorship intent to the National Hispanic Institute no later than Friday, March 15, 2016. Sponsors should make out all contributions for the summer fellowship to the National Hispanic Institute. Contributions are due prior to the student’s first day of work, and must fully cover the $2,800 stipend, $1,000 administrative fee, and $700 travel allowance. Travel arrangements for interns to NHI programs can be made through the National Hispanic Institute. Intern travel to two programs is not to exceed $700. Travel to and from Maxwell is the responsibility of the intern.
Zachary D. González
Director of Collegiate Services
National Hispanic Institute
P.O. Box 220
Maxwell, TX 78656
Phone: (512) 357-6137 ext. 205
Fax: (512) 357-2206
Web site: www.nationalhispanicinstitute.org
The National Hispanic Institute is a private, 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. All contributions to the John F. Lopez Fellowship are tax-deductible.