The College of Staten Island, a selected participating institution in the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship since the program’s inception in 1999, has received a gift of $110,000 to create a new endowment for the program. The Watson Foundation allotted the money in an effort to promote and strengthen the fellowship’s presence and impact, as well as benefit the endeavors of its fellows and alumni. Michele Galati, Fellowship and Scholarship Advisor at CSI’s Career and Scholarship Center, notes that, “The Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship is a prestigious opportunity that provides students with paid summer internships at prestigious organizations, as well as a multitude of mentoring, professional development, and cultural events over a period of three years. It is a highly selective program that places great value on students’ ability to step outside of their comfort zone, with the last internship occurring overseas.” A total of 12 New York City colleges, mainly the senior campuses of CUNY, nominate candidates each year for consideration for the Watson Fellowship. Students complete a rigorous application and interview process before being inducted as Fellows, and then work with the Watson Foundation’s mentors to develop their career paths and create positive social change in the community. To read more about the CSi Foundation, check out Eye on CSI.