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Congratulations to the Class of 2022. To read more about the class, click here


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The Institute selects fifteen outstanding young men to spend next two summers in its Washington, DC program.

The press release and bios can be downloaded here.

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During the summer of 2020, scholars wrote papers on a variety of topics through the lens of impact and presented these papers on July 23, 2020.

The complete publication can be downloaded here.

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The ​Washington Program

From hundreds of applications, the Institute selects some of the nation’s best and brightest African American male college students to participate in its Washington Program. It includes:

  • High-level internships in their fields of interest
  • Seminar on Economic and Constitutional Principles
  • Residency as a Cohort in a University Residence Hall
  • Comprehensive leadership and professional development workshops
  • Private briefings with some of the nation’s most prominent public and private sector leaders

Learn More [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section][vc_section css=”.vc_custom_1580238638519{padding-top: 80px !important;background-color: #f2f2f2 !important;}”][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Meet the Class of 2023″ font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” type_row=”featues” css=”.vc_custom_1583187208432{background-color: #ffffff !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”][vc_column css_animation=”fadeIn” width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1646314690565{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]

Dylan Abrokwa-Jassor

The College of William & Mary
Dylan Abrokwa-Jassor is a sophomore Government & Business Analytics double major at the College of William & Mary. He is a William & Mary Scholar, a prestigious award presented each year to a small group of academically distinguished students. He works on visa acquisition cases at the William & Mary Immigration Clinic. His family’s experiences navigating the U.S. immigration system helped shape his career goals of being an immigration lawyer. He also gains experience in the legal arena by participating in Mock Trial competitions. Dylan and his family are natives of Ghana but he has called Fairfax, VA home since childhood. In addition to his high academic achievement, Dylan has earned national recognition as a violinist.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1646314744115{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]

Derek Brown

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Derek Brown is a Kenan Scholar, an award given to only 25 UNC students for their superb scholarship and genuine interest in putting the private sector to work for the public good. He double-majors in Business Administration and Public Policy and minors in Urban Planning. Derek shares that his Christian faith compels him to pursue a career in business as a means to drive social impact for communities in need. He currently volunteers for an organization that uses proceeds from concession stands to support local service organizations. Derek spent most of his childhood in Garner Valley, PA.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1646314767376{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]

Jeremiah Chapman

University of Buffalo
Jeremiah Chapman attends the University of Buffalo as a Presidential Scholar, the prestigious award presented to the most talented students entering the university each year. He is also a Jackie Robinson Scholar. As a testament to his high academic achievement, he has served as a teaching assistant for an Evolutionary Biology and Cell Biology lab course as a sophomore. Jeremiah is passionate about children and medicine, which is why he aspires to become a pediatric surgeon. He is majoring in Biochemistry. Attending college in his hometown enables him to stay involved in his community by coaching basketball at his church and volunteering with local organizations, for which he has been recognized for his service.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1646314813542{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]

Mar’Quon Frederick

Cornell University
Mar’Quon Frederick is a sophomore Government major at Cornell University. He serves as the political action chair of the Black Student Union and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He has a strong interest in criminal justice reform and plans to pursue public office to dismantle systems that contribute to mass incarceration and inequality. His hometown is Chester, VA.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1646314869864{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]

Kimani Panthier

Harvard University
Kimani Panthier attends Harvard University, where he majors in Government. He was the valedictorian and student body president of his high school in Hempstead, NY. At Harvard, he is a representative on the Undergraduate Council and serves in leadership roles in other organizations, including the Institute of Politics, the Leadership Institute at Harvard College, and the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations. Kimani is a fierce advocate for racial equity and feels called to pursue a career in public service.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1646314889876{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]

Archie Rook

Colgate University
Archie Rook attends Colgate University, where he double-majors in International Relations and Spanish. He is a scholar in the Office of Undergraduate Studies at Colgate which recognizes students for high academic achievements in the face of adversity. Archie promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion through his involvement with Colgate’s Student Government Association. He has career aspirations in foreign policy and international affairs. His neighborhood in which he grew up is purported to be the most diverse neighborhood in the country. Mountain View is a section of Anchorage, AK.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1646314911063{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]

Brad Wedzi

University of Georgia
Brad Wedzi is a Presidential Scholar at the University of Georgia. He majors in Economics and minors in International Affairs. He is a leader in several clubs and organizations, including serving as the social chair of the Black Male Leadership Society. He is also a Student Ambassador for the School of Public and International Affairs. He hopes to pursue a career in community development. Lawrenceville, GA is his hometown.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1646314706915{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]

Porter Alston

Davidson College
Porter Alston is a Biology major and Environmental Science minor at Davidson College. In high school, Porter was a North Carolina Scholar, which is awarded to high-achieving graduates in the state, and was selected for the Governor’s School of North Carolina, a competitive residential program for gifted and talented high school students. Porter is passionate about environmental justice and preserving the earth’s oceans, air, and forests and has devoted his time outside of class advocating for environmental literacy in schools. He is also drawn to medical matters and aspires to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. His hometown is Winston-Salem, NC.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1646314760262{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]

Alexander Burt

Morehouse College
Alexander Burt is a sophomore Economics major at Morehouse College, where he is a member of the Howard Thurman Honors Society, a tutor for the Frederick Douglas Academic Success Center, and a member of the 2020-2021 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Track and Field All-Academic team. After graduation, Alexander hopes to pursue a career in business. He is especially interested in real estate development. His hometown is Brentwood, TN.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1646314799944{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]

Simon Debesai

Yale University
Simon Debesai, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major at Yale University, has conducted research on infectious viruses at the National Institutes of Health. He has also conducted research on policing in Cincinnati, Ohio through Yale’s African-American Studies Department. As a high school student, Simon was an officer of the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association and co-founded a student advocacy organization that sought to address social issues students faced. A son of Eritrean immigrants, Simon credits his cultural background with sparking his interest in international law as a means to help mend political conflicts in East Africa. His hometown is Silver Spring, MD.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1646314849731{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]

Jesiah Matthews

New York University
Jesiah Matthews attends New York University, where he majors in Sociology with a minor in Business Studies. He is studying in Ghana during the 2022 Spring semester. At NYU, he is the Community Service Chair for Gentlemen of Quality and a mentor in the Academic Achievement Program. He created an app, UTrax, to streamline the tracking and verification of community service hours for students. He has also served as a Private Equity Summer Analyst at a family office, and was a Private Wealth Management Analyst at Neuberger Berman. His hometown is Silver Spring, MD.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1646314881361{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]

Wesley Robinson

Hampton University
Wesley Robinson attends Hampton University, where he majors in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and minors in Leadership Studies. He is a Freddye T. Davy Honors College scholar, William R. Harvey Leadership Institute fellow, and a member of the sophomore class executive council. Wesley was inspired by the role speech pathologists played in his life after he was adopted from Ethiopia by an African American family and hopes to become a speech pathologist to provide the same service to others. Wesley hails from Richmond, VA, and plans to return after graduation.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1646314901622{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]

Oliver Spiva

Amherst College
Oliver Spiva attends Amherst College, where he is building a stellar record in Russian and Economics while competing in cross country and track and field. Oliver conducts research at the Russian Center on campus and recently supported a project exploring the intersection of the Black experience in the Soviet Union during the Harlem Renaissance. While a student at Washington Latin School, he was an AP Scholar with Distinction, captain of his running club, and leader of the ACLU club. He speaks Russian and studied Chinese language and culture throughout high school. Oliver gained business experience while working for a local business, Pacers Running. He plans to pursue a career in business and finance to earn money that can be deployed for social good.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Meet All Scholars and Alumni” color=”white” size=”lg” align=”center” link=”url:%2Fmeet-our-scholars%2F|title:Meet%20Our%20Scholars%20and%20Alumni||”][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][factor image=”860″ details=”%5B%7B%22title%22%3A%22Rhodes%2C%20Fulbright%2C%20Truman%2C%20and%20Udall%20scholars%22%2C%22icon%22%3A%22flaticon-professor%22%2C%22number%22%3A%2210%22%7D%2C%7B%22title%22%3A%22Harvard%20Law%20School%2C%203%20Harvard%20Business%20School%2C%20and%201%20Harvard%20Divinity%20School%20Graduates%22%2C%22icon%22%3A%22flaticon-reading%22%2C%22number%22%3A%226%22%7D%2C%7B%22title%22%3A%22Yale%20Divinity%20School%2C%202%20Yale%20Law%20School%2C%202%20Yale%20Business%20School%20Graduates%22%2C%22icon%22%3A%22flaticon-online%22%2C%22number%22%3A%226%22%7D%2C%7B%22title%22%3A%22PhD%20recipients%20and%20several%20doctoral%20candidates%22%2C%22icon%22%3A%22flaticon-contract%22%2C%22number%22%3A%225%22%7D%5D”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_section disable_element=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1644670126378{padding-top: 80px !important;background-color: #f2f2f2 !important;}” el_class=”dispay-no”][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Who We Are” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” type_row=”featues”][vc_column css_animation=”fadeIn” width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”853″ img_size=”350×420″ style=”vc_box_rounded”][vc_column_text]

The Institute

The Institute selects scholars from all over the United States. They have a wide variety of interests and represent small liberal arts colleges, large universities, Ivy League institutions, and historically Black colleges and universities. Our alumni have been accepted to all of the nation’s top law schools and many of the nation’s leading graduate programs. Today, they are teachers, ordained ministers, accountants, entrepreneurs, and rising stars at Fortune 500 companies. All of them are engaged in public and community service.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read more” size=”lg” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:%2Fwho-we-are%2F|||”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1235″ img_size=”350×420″ style=”vc_box_rounded”][vc_column_text]

William Keyes – President

Bill Keyes hitchhiked from North Carolina to Washington, DC to pursue a dream of working in public policy. He realized that dream by working in a staff position at the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress and as a White House Senior Policy Advisor.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read more” size=”lg” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:%2Fwilliam-a-keyes-iv-phd%2F|title:William%20A.%20Keyes%20IV%2C%20PhD||”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1028″ img_size=”350×420″ style=”vc_box_rounded”][vc_column_text]

Colin Ganges – Alumni Fellow

Colin Ganges is a New Jersey native and graduate of Guilford College (’19) where he majored in Philosophy. During his junior year, he studied at the University of Oxford and St. Clare’s in Oxford, England. As a member of the Honors Program, he wrote a senior thesis entitled “Justifying Egalitarian Redistribution within Nozick’s Minimal State”.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read more” size=”lg” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:%2Fcolin-ganges-fellow%2F|title:Colin%20Ganges%20%E2%80%93%20Fellow||”][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section][vc_row disable_element=”yes”][vc_column][banner4][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes”][vc_column][banner6][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes”][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]