J.K.Watson Undergraduate Fellowship

St. John's University is proud to be one of a select number of institutions partnering with the Jeanette K. Watson Fellowship.

The Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship provides internships, mentoring, and enriched educational opportunities to promising New York City undergraduates with the goal of increasing their life choices and developing their capacity to make a difference in their own and others’ lives.

We are proud of our St. John's student who currently holds a Watson Fellowship:

  • Read about Trevor Farland, a 2014 recipient of the J.K. Watson Fellowship (See below)

The centerpiece of the Fellowship is on-the-job learning that:

  • Provides opportunities for leadership and personal growth;
  • Helps students test in practice what they might be learning in the classroom;
  • Provides experience and insight on choices for future vocations;
  • Assists students in thinking about graduate program opportunities;
  • Helps students present more compelling applications for national fellowships, graduate admissions, and jobs.

Students interested in familiarizing themselves with the requirements necessary to be a Jeannette K. Watson Fellow can find all the necessary information here.

For further information contact the University representative:

Adam M Smith
Assistant to the Director
Institute for Core Studies
Bent Hall, 273


Trevor Farland '17C traveled 2,200 miles to attend St. John's Univerisity. He is part of St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Trevor is a native of Kayenta, Arizona and a member of the Navajo tribe. According to Dean Jeffrey Fagen, Ph.D., "Trevor truly exemplifies St. John's values of academic excellence, hard work and personal integrity."  See the complete story on Trevor here.

This past summer (July 2015) Trevor completed his second summer as a Watson Fellow. 

He interned at the Office of City Legislative Affairs for ten weeks. There Trevor worked on everything from drafting bill signing statements that Mayor de Blasio would use during the bill signing ceremonies to reaching out to various department heads within city government to gage their perspective on proposed legislation within the City Council. Trevor noted that, "Added to the experience-I had a phenomenal supervisor that put me in touch with commissioners and top tier officials of departments I had an interest in. These one-on-one meetings usually consisted of in-depth questions about the department and professional advice about working within local government." 

"Overall it was a great experience and I am glad the J.K. Watson Foundation gave me this opportunity," said Trevor. 

Last summer (2014) he worked at the Central Park Zoo as a counselor in their day camp and educational program.