Pacific Century Fellows Program seeks applications

The Fund for the Pacific Century is accepting applications for its 15th class of Pacific Century Fellows. The program, modeled after the White House Fellows Program, is designed to recognize and encourage Hawaii’s future leaders.

The nine-month program will include about 30 of Hawaii’s most promising individuals from all segments of the community who are in their mid-20s to early 40s. The fellows will be selected by an 18-member committee of prominent citizens based on their demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals and on having exhibited leadership qualities in their current professional, volunteer and civic activities.

Mufi Hannemann, who serves as chairman of the board of the Fund for the Pacific Century, was himself a White House Fellow in 1983-84.

“We will be selecting our 15th class of fellows and providing these up-and-coming leaders with a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the issues confronting our community and nation,” said Hannemann.

Those chosen will gain a broader view of those issues through direct contact with senior community, social and government leaders.

“Program Fellows are encouraged to develop long-term relationships and are expected to play active public service roles,” said Hannemann.

Individual companies may sponsor candidates for the program. The cost is $3,500 to cover expenses. Employers are encouraged to pay employee program costs, but tuition assistance is available. Applications are available at www.pacificcenturyfellows.com. The deadline for `applications is July 15.

The Fund for the Pacific Century is a charitable, nonprofit organization.

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