Consistent with the broad vision of Dr. Blackburn, the work of the Institute does not end with completion of the student curriculum, graduation, and transition to the role of a Fellow.

Instead, Fellows fulfill their lifetime commitment to service through their professions, civic engagement projects, and lived experiences. The Institute continues to support the leadership development and direct service of individual Fellows as well as collaboration across the community.

Initiatives for Fellows

The Blackburn Institute sponsors several initiatives only for Fellows. Click on one of the links below to learn more about these programs.

Mentors and Mentees in 2019

Soft Landings

New graduates are matched with established Fellows living in the city in which they will be moving. Mentors serve as guides and friends smoothing the transition to a new location.

Senator Howell Heflin

Howell Heflin Fellows Program

Funds the activities of Blackburn Fellows that actively address the needs of Alabama communities with priority for literacy and voter education initiatives.

Leadership coaching

Leadership Coaching

Apply to participate in six, one-on-one, virtual or in Tuscaloosa, skill building sessions with certified coaches steeply subsidized by the Institute.

Fellows at the 2022 PARCA conference

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. Programming

Regional gatherings of Fellows to discuss topics of interest to the state of Alabama and plan action.

Monthly newsletter for Fellows

Blackburn Today

Subscribe to find out about the latest engagement opportunities, Fellows’ celebrations, and current student experiences via our monthly email newsletter.

Fellows working on Heirloom Harvest

Historical Fellows Projects

Projects carried out by Blackburn Fellows using grants awarded through endowed funds.

Fellows Engagement Opportunities

The Fellows Officers also sponsors activities exclusively for Fellows. To facilitate or join in these activities, please contact them.

Fellows Forum

Engage in dialogue with other Fellows about critical issues.

Fellow of the Year

Fellow of the Year Award

Recognize one Fellow per year who exemplifies the Institute’s values.

All Fellows Meetings

Share your ideas for Fellows programming and action with the Officers.

Regional Networking Events

Network with other Fellows in your area.

Class Coordinators

Organize your cohort’s reunion at Annual Symposium.

Full Community Engagement Opportunities

The Institute also encourages Fellows to stay engaged through specialized roles in full community events.  To learn when and how to become involved in these activities, please check your Blackburn Today monthly newsletter or Blackburn Connect.

Blackburn Connect

Message, mentor, find jobs, and join discussion boards.

Annual Symposium

Present, recruit speakers, and attend.

Spring Networking Dinner

Welcome newly pinned Fellows.

Summer Networking Events

Organize and attend dinners.

Burt Jones Rural Community Experience

Set up events in your home town.

Protective Life Government Experience

Facilitate or speak on a panel.

Daniel Community Scholars

Provide your expertise for student projects.

Small Group Values Discussions

Share your lifetime commitment to service.

Perspectives on Leadership

Introduce students to leadership in your field.

New Student Selections

Answer questions, read essays, or interview.