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Fellows Program

Fellows

If you’re looking to contribute to the success of other NSHSS alum, our Fellows program might be a great way to stay involved with us while giving back. NSHSS Fellows dedicate themselves to connecting our alumni members with resources and opportunities to further our alum’s academic and career aspirations.

Fellows are involved in bettering their communities through corporate efforts, their work with nonprofits, academics, or the arts. They truly are committed to bettering themselves and the communities they work and live in. Our Fellows community is made up of nearly 700 members who further the NSHSS mission of world betterment by bringing together alum members and current scholars through networking events, NSHSS member events, and mentorship.

Interested in becoming a Fellow? You must be an NSHSS member with an undergraduate degree or three years work experience in your chosen field. 

To connect with one of our Fellows or to find out more about joining, email us at fellows@nshss.org.

Image: Elizabeth Blanchette (Fellows Vice President of Alumni Relations), Kolby Keo (Fellows Board Trustee), Morgan Vazquez (Fellows Board Trustee), Laura Amortegui (Fellows Executive Board Member), and April Kalinski (Fellows Secretary)

Join the Fellows Program

If you're an NSHSS member who has graduated with an undergraduate degree or has the equivalent of three years work experience in your chosen field, you're eligible to become a Fellow. Thanks for joining us!

Applications are open year-round, but reviewed on a rolling basis twice per year: 

Winter Application Review: December 15 - February 1

Summer Application Review: June 15 - August 1

NSHSS Fellows Executive Board

The NSHSS Fellows Executive Board consists of NSHSS Fellows who are committed to bettering themselves and the communities they work and live in by overseeing the NSHSS Fellows program. Executive Board members share their thought leadership and life experiences with other members by mentoring at both virtual and in-person events year-round.

NSHSS Fellows Trustees

The NSHSS Fellows Trustees are NSHSS Fellows who have previously served on the NSHSS Fellows Executive Board and provided a substantial contribution to world betterment through their efforts to help young students and professionals during their tenure as Executive Board members. Trustees share their thought leadership and life experiences with other NSHSS members by mentoring at both virtual and in-person events year-round.

Morgan Vazquez
Morgan Vazquez

Morgan Vazquez is the Head of Early Career Talent Acquisition and Programs at Walmart. In her role at the world’s largest retailer, Morgan leads a team of over 30 Human Resources professionals who recruit high-potential, diverse early career talent for the enterprise and develop robust intern and new associate programs aligned with the company’s strategic business needs. Morgan joined Walmart in August 2020 from the Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) where she was in a similar role as the Global Head of Campus Recruiting and Emerging Talent Programs. In her five years at BNY Mellon, she led the redesign of their campus recruiting function with a focus on attracting, developing, and retaining a strong pipeline of future leaders. Prior to BNY Mellon, Morgan spent six years at JPMorgan Chase in a variety of Human Resources roles. Morgan is a graduate of Fordham University (Bronx, New York) where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Communications summa cum laude. Aside from being a passionate alumna at her alma mater and serving on the Fordham University Alumni Association Advisory Board, she is also the proud National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Fellow. Furthermore, Morgan is a steadfast champion of Diversity & Inclusion and has been named to EMpower/Yahoo Finance’s list of Top 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders.

Kolby Keo
Kolby Keo

Kolby is a manager at The Harbour Group where he advises international clients on public diplomacy initiatives and strategic communications. He previously led external engagement for the University of California Washington Center (UCDC) and also served as a legislative aide for his hometown congressman. Kolby is the immediate past president of the global nonprofit Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). He is board secretary of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of DC, on the board of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), vice president of the UC Irvine Alumni Chapter in DC, and a 16-year volunteer for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). From 2013-2015, he was an appointed city commissioner for the city of Garden Grove, California. Kolby received his BA in political science from the University of California, Irvine. After failing classes during his first year of college, Kolby graduated summa cum laude and received the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction recognizing the top 48 student leaders in a graduating class of over 7,000. He is a proud transfer alum from Orange Coast College where he served as student body president, district trustee, and held regional and statewide offices representing and advocating for California’s community college students.

TELL US SOMETHING GOOD

Our Fellows are always doing something to better themselves and their communities. Whether it's volunteering at a local food bank, mentoring others, or advancing the mission of NSHSS, our Fellows truly are making a difference. If you're doing something incredible, won a professional award or made a major contribution to a community service organization, we want to hear from you! You’re an inspiration to us here at NSHSS, and we think your accomplishments will inspire our members, too.

Submit your achievement here for a chance to be featured on the NSHSS blog, social media or in our quarterly Scholar’s Journal!

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