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Moton Fellowship 2015

The Gloucester Institute is now accepting early applications for the 2015 Moton Fellowship! The deadline for application submissions is February 20, 2015 at 11:59 PM.


Letter From Kay

Dear Friends,

As we prepare to celebrate the holidays, the staff and I would like to especially thank all of you for your generous support this year!

With your help, we completed renovations on the conference center and the first set of dorm rooms, and are continuing renovations on the second. Because of this great work, we were able to move our office onto the campus permanently, making this year’s Moton Fellows our first students to both work and live on campus. It was such an exciting and incredibly moving time for us as we saw our dreams for this remarkable place come that much closer to reality!

We are so happy to hear that our past year’s Emerging Leaders are doing well in their studies and already applying their new skills to their job searches and professional interactions! We are also pleased that one of their classmates, Alia Barnes, has joined our team as the social media coordinator! All of our terrific posts and pictures of our weekend events are due to her dedication to The Gloucester Institute!

This year’s Emerging Leaders are already expanding their critical thinking and professional skills, as they completed their orientation and “The Brand Called You” seminars. During orientation weekend, our students were challenged to hone their worldview and critical thinking skills in preparation for the year ahead here at The Gloucester Institute. Dr. Carl and Karen Ellis led our students through a worldview seminar to firm up their interior foundations. As an example, Dr. and Mrs. Ellis explained the hallmarks of a theological worldview and how that worldview must affect one’s definition of justice. Our students now understand that their most central belief must determine their actions, whether in the professional, familial, or spiritual worlds.

Following this seminar, the students completed a challenging critical thinking quiz, discussed the importance of viewing a problem from different angles, and reinforced their learning with a team-building challenge that hinged on their ability to solve a time-sensitive problem—how to ensure that multiple governors received the same letter at the same time. We were happy to find that two of our teams reached the same answer through different means; these are the skills that will help our young students become national leaders and problem solvers! Of course, their training didn’t end with the development of critical thinking skills. Our students were heavily engaged in a weekend of professional development and job interview preparation this past month. They now have the professional savvy they need to get the job and put those critical thinking skills to work!

For all of this and so much more, we are incredibly thankful to you! We are also so grateful to have hosted all of our wonderful speakers at this year’s events! We wish you all the most wonderful holidays!


All the best,


The Emerging Leaders Program



This exciting program strengthens students’ core writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. Emerging Leaders are engaged in unique learning and mentoring opportunities that correspond to their interests and foster personal development. Students gain valuable insight into corporate, public, political, and nonprofit worlds through exposure to new ideas, fascinating places, and dynamic established leaders. Unlike many leadership programs, Emerging Leader Program services are free to participants and there is no cost to apply. 

Emerging Leaders are highly motivated African-American and Latino undergraduates. These students possess undeniable leadership potential which is typically demonstrated in their moral character, extracurricular activities, and the respect earned from their peers, faculty, and community. Emerging Leaders have at least a 3.0 grade point average and must be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors at a fully accredited college or university in Virginia.

Students come away from the Emerging Leaders Program with knowledge and skills that are both relevant and beneficial to their career journey, and that add value to the scholarly community. As a result, the Emerging Leaders Program has helped to prepare students to pursue and compete at some of the nation’s top graduate school programs, which include the Masters program in economics at Georgetown University, the PhD program in psychology at UC Berkley, the Masters program in theology at Princeton University, and the MBA and MD programs in medicine at Harvard University. Our students also gain employment at top businesses and firms such as Amerigroup, Verizon, Prudential Financial, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Marriott Corporate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and Teach for America.

-  U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott
-  Former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts
-  Governor of Virginia Robert McDonnell
-  Chairman of Omniplex and President of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Julien Patterson
-  United States Federal Court of Appeals Judge Janice Rogers Brown
-  Former Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Ph.D
-  President of Verizon Virginia Robert Wolftz
-  Editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch Glenn Proctor
-  CEO of Popeyes, Cheryl Bachelder
-  Author Daniel Black, Perfect Peace and They Tell Me of a Home
Meet the 2014 Emerging Leaders

Ms. Keioni Walker is a sophomore and psychology major at Virginia State University pursuing a career as a child psychologist and guidance counselor. She enjoys drawing and will read

anything concerning Greek mythology! She believes that “everything happens for a reason,” and loves baked pasta and oldies music. Her parents are her heroes.






Ms. Arogeanae Brown is a sophomore and agriculture business major at VSU pursuing a career with the USDA and as a politician. She is a member of the VSU chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS), and enjoys reading, travelling, performing community service, listening to hip hop, R&B, soul, and reggae, and eating soul food and ribs. Her favorite books are Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Richard Wright’s Black Boy. Her heroes are Harriet Tubman and Tupac, and she believes in the words of Buckminster Fuller: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”





Ms. Katherine Wilson is a senior at VSU majoring in business management with a concentration in human resources and pursuing a career in human resources, operations, and finance. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). She enjoys drawing, debating, fishing, listening to 90’s R&B, and eating shrimp alfredo! Her favorite books are the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and her hero is her mother. She believes in the words, “The quickest way to get a job is to start doing it.”






Ms. Zarreen Johnson is a senior majoring in mass communication and minoring in marketing at VSU and pursuing a career in marketing research. She enjoys reading, listening to R&B, and claims that everything is her favorite food! Her favorite book is Steve Harvey’s Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, and her favorite artist is Kelly Rowland. She believes that “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Her father is her hero.







Renovations Are Well Under Way At the Moton Campus


Empty Dorm Room: Following renovations, our dorm rooms were completely bare.







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