The Friends of The Archer Center Trust helps educate the next generation of leaders from Texas by providing vital financial support to the Center and its students. Trustees will commit to contribute or raise a minimum of $500 annually and have direct input as to how their donations are used. Each year, the Trust will be presented several initiatives developed by Archer Center staff and the Archer Fellow Alumni Association (AFAA) and will vote on which initiative(s) to fund. The Friends of The Archer Center Trust is an important building block toward sustainable fundraising in support of current and future Archer Fellows and is a unique way for supporters and alumni of The Archer Center to have a significant impact on the Center's future. Ten percent of the total amount raised from annual donations is added to the permanent Archer Center Trust Endowment to provide long-term sustainability of the Trust and important future initiatives.
Members of the 2015-16 Trust
The Honorable Bill Archer
Arturo Barrio, Fall 2001 Archer Fellow
Austin Bonner, Spring 2002 Archer Fellow
Donald G. Carlson
Anna Bell Gall, Spring 2001 Archer Fellow
Drew Galloway, Fall 2014 Archer Fellow
Robert Garcia, Fall 2007 Archer Fellow
Laura Gorecki, Summer 2013 Graduate Fellow
Todd Hill, Spring 2010 Archer Fellow
Heather Jinkins, Fall 2001 Archer Fellow
Allie Medack, Spring 2010 Archer Fellow
Imane Hijal-Moghrabi, Summer 2012 Graduate Fellow
Katie Naranjo, Fall 2007 Archer Fellow
Lisa Archer Parker
Krupa Patel, Fall 2007 Archer Fellow
Bret Schenewerk, Fall 2006 Archer Fellow
Paul Seegers, Fall 2005 Archer Fellow
Spring 2010 Class of Archer Fellows
Summer 2013 Class of Graduate Fellows
J. Tom Ward
2015 - 2016 Funded Initiatives
Scholarships for Student Veterans
Many Archer Fellow cohorts include a student veteran pursuing higher education after serving the nation in the armed forces. These student veterans often face a significant financial need for their semester in D.C.. This initiative will provide student veterans selected to participate in The Archer Center’s programs with a scholarship of a variable amount to pursue their dreams in Washington, D.C.
Travel to D.C. for Archer Fellows
Upon being accepted to The Archer Center’s programs, many students’ initial excitement is replaced by concern about how they will pay for expenses such as airfare to embark on their life-changing experience in the nation’s capital. This initiative will fund approximately 20 round-trip flights for Archer Fellows from their home city to Washington, D.C.
Scholarships for First-Generation College Students
Each cohort of undergraduate and graduate Archer Fellows includes a handful of students who are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Oftentimes, these students have some of the most significant financial need as they tend to have little to no monetary support from their families. This initiative will provide three $1,000 stipends to one first-generation college student each fall, spring and summer term.
Scholarships for Archer Center Alumni Pursuing Graduate Degrees and Public Service Fellowships
From Harvard Law School to the London School of Economics and Teach for America to the Fulbright Scholar Program, Archer Fellow alumni enroll in prestigious graduate schools and participate in public service programs domestically and abroad. This initiative will provide six $1,000 scholarships to Archer Center alumni pursuing graduate degrees and public service fellowships.
Click here to view the 2015 recipients of this scholarship!
Travel Stipends for Pre-Departure Orientation
Prior to each fall, spring, and summer term, The Archer Center hosts a pre-departure orientation in Austin, Texas. These orientation sessions are vital for students to learn how to prepare for their semester in Washington. This initiative will provide Archer Fellows located 300 or more miles from Austin, Texas with financial assistance to enable their participation in this important weekend designed to prepare students for living, learning and interning in D.C.
click here to view the 2014-15 Trustees and funded initiatives