Culver Fellows


The John C. Culver Fellows program honors Senator Culver’s career and legacy in public service. Each year, a select group of incoming students with a passion for politics and public service will be awarded a renewable annual scholarship of $2,000 — in addition to all other merit- and need-based financial aid awarded by Simpson College.

Opportunities available to Culver Fellows include:

  • Encouraging other students to engage in the political process by becoming informed on issues, working towards solutions, volunteering, and voting.
  • Providing input on issues and topics for the center to address.
  • Planning, organizing, and publicizing events. Hosting and introducing speakers.
  • Serving as liaisons between the Culver Center and the community.
  • Networking with professionals for personal skill development and internship and employment opportunities.
  • Meeting and hosting distinguished visitors to the Culver Center including elected officials and leaders in policy, public service, and the media.
  • Participating in conferences and programs with other colleges, including the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.
  • Experiencing a semester-long internship in Washington D.C. as part of the Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP).


“It is more important than ever that we encourage and inspire young people to commit to contributing through their service.”

— Senator John C. Culver

“Culver Fellows gain valuable leadership experience on campus and in the broader community as ambassadors for Simpson College’s culture of civic engagement. Senator Culver’s legacy of service inspires them to pursue careers in politics and public policy.”

— Jay K. Simmons, Ph.D., Simpson College President