College of the Liberal Arts inducts new Paterno Fellows

January 24, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Approximately 138 new Paterno Fellows were recently inducted into the Liberal Arts leadership program at the third annual recognition ceremony. The Paterno Fellows Program is a unique partnership between the College of the Liberal Arts and the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State.

Jack Selzer, the Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program, said, “The program challenges Liberal Arts students to outstanding performance and offers them benefits when they meet those challenges. It’s an education for leadership in the best tradition of the liberal arts.”

Since its founding in 2008, approximately 400 first-year Liberal Arts students have been signing on each year for “the Paterno challenge.” Since then, at least 100 students each year have earned the right to become fellows and Schreyer Scholars by taking required honors courses and achieving a high GPA.

Once they are inducted as fellows, these students also commit to completing a series of additional challenges, including a second major, an excellence in communications certificate or advanced foreign language study, an ethics course and a capstone research project. They also complete a leadership or service commitment and complete a prestigious internship or study abroad experience. In return, fellows receive benefits such as funding for study abroad or research or an ambitious internship, and they receive special learning and networking opportunities. In short, the Paterno Fellows exemplify the values of excellence, service and leadership championed by the Paterno family, who have been major supporters of the program.

Student speaker Brian Prewitt, who is a double major in political science and crime, law and justice, said, “It has become an experience that changed my life. Not only have I met many members of the Paterno family, but I’ve also gotten to interact with some of the top academics at our University. A few months ago, I had the privilege of talking with alumnus Frank Coonelly (president of the Pittsburgh Pirates) about our program. But maybe the most important advantage is the research and travel grants that the program provides. Doing research has been an unbelievably enriching experience."

The evening’s program also included remarks from Penn State women’s volleyball coach Russ Rose and Bucknell University poet Jamaal May.


  • The newest group of Paterno Fellows in the College of the Liberal Arts.

    IMAGE: Chuck Fong
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