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The John C. Culver Public Policy Center

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Simpson College establishes Culver Fellows alumni organization

The graduates of Simpson College’s John C. Culver Public Policy Center have established the John C. Culver Fellows Alumni Association, honoring the senator’s vision to cultivate and promote public service.

The alumni association will serve in an advisory role for the Center, offering fundraising support, mentorship to current Culver Fellows and supporting the implementation of Culver’s vision to cultivate future generations of empowered and thoughtful public servants. Read more.

Upcoming Culver Center Events

Become a Culver Fellow

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.

Public service may include contributions made within the context of volunteer work, elected office, government service and civic engagement. In addition to the scholarship, Culver Fellows are the student leaders of the John C. Culver Public Policy Center who are involved in all aspects of the center’s work on campus and in the broader community.

Applications for the fall 2021 incoming class closed on February 1, 2021. Check back in fall 2021 for information on applying for the 2022 incoming class.

For more information on the John C. Culver Fellows program contact:
Simpson College Office of Admissions: 800-362-2454 or admiss@simpson.edu.

Seth Andersen, Director, Culver Public Policy Center: 515-961-1354 or seth.andersen@simpson.edu.

2017-18 Culver Fellows

Meet the Culver Fellows

Engaged. Active. Involved. Committed. These are all words to describe both the current Culver Fellows and the growing list of alumni. Introduce yourself to these leaders.

Our programs inspire students to pursue public service careers with integrity and moral courage

The John C. Culver Public Policy Center is dedicated to civic engagement and public service. It was established at Simpson College in 2010 to honor John C. Culver, who served the people of Iowa for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. His tenure was marked by a tireless pursuit of policies to ensure justice at home and peace abroad, and he is widely respected for his integrity and political courage by both Republicans and Democrats who served with him in Congress.

We strive to honor Culver’s example. The center’s nonpartisan programs educate and inspire active participation in our democracy and encourage young people to consider public service as their life’s work. For more information, please contact Culver Center Director Seth Andersen at 515-961-1354 or seth.andersen@simpson.edu.


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Opportunities for Culver Fellows

Becoming a Culver Fellow comes with many experiences and opportunities for involvement including:

Culver Fellows Chamber Group
Larry Sabato

The Culver Lecture


Recognized as one of the nation's most respected political analysts, Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and Sabato's Crystal Ball. He is a New York Times bestselling author, a four-time Emmy winner and a regular fixture on national TV channels, including FOX, CNN, MSNBC and CNN International.

The bipartisan Culver Lecture series is one of the highlights of the academic year for the John C. Culver Public Policy Center at Simpson College. The series features a roster of prominent figures in politics, media and public affairs who reflect on broader trends in American government and public discourse.

John C. Culver Tribute

A Tribute To Former Senator John C. Culver

A video of the Tribute to Senator Culver is available to view on the Culver Center Facebook page.

A memorial fund has been established through the John C. Culver Public Policy Center at Simpson College. To make a gift, visit the Culver Center donation page
Mail checks to: Culver Public Policy Center, Simpson College, 701 North C Street, Indianola, IA 50125. 
Please call 515-961-1683 with any questions about donations to the Culver Center. 

Senator Culver talks about the importance of public service