Jenkins Fellows and Community Service

The Elsie Foster Jenkins ’53 Endowment Fund for Community Service program supports Garrison Forest’s Service League community outreach program, brings noted community service leaders to campus to speak and sponsors the Jenkins Fellows Program. Named for School President and community leader Elsie Foster Jenkins ’53, the fund was created in her memory in 1999 by her family and friends.

Jenkins Fund Speakers typically speak to the Upper School and 8th Grade in the spring. Past speakers have included Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, Chair of the global strategy firm Albright Stonebridge Group, and 64th Secretary of State of the United States; Jennifer Lawless, Ph.D., expert on the gender gap in politics; Will Baker, President and CEO, Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Holly Freishtat '91, Food Policy Director, Baltimore City’s Office of Sustainability in the Department of Planning; Jody Olsen, Ph.D., former Deputy Director of the Peace Corps; Adele Smith Simmons ’59, Vice Chairman and Senior Executive of Chicago Metropolis 2020 and President of the Global Philanthropy Partnership; and Dr. Ben Carson, internationally known surgeon, best-selling author, and philanthropist.

“My view of global service changed after my Jenkins fellowship. My thinking evolved to ‘how can do more, more deeply?’ After Jenkins, I had some many questions about development, inequality and justice. Majoring in international affairs has helped me answer some of these questions, but I am still learning, and I love that!” – Kristen Miller ’10, Jenkins Fellow at the Ryvanz-Mia Orphanage in Ghana; B.A., International Affairs, Northeastern University and founder of Children of Ghana, a non-profit.

The Jenkins Fellows Program funds five to six Garrison Forest students to do summer community service projects around the country and globe. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors create their own project or connect with an existing program, apply for funding, and, if selected, perform the in-depth service project of their choice. Since 2005 when the program began, over 70 GFS students have made a difference in international and U.S. communities, from volunteering in orphanages to constructing buildings to chopping invasive bamboo in the Amazon rain forest and working with tribal elders in Montana. Upon returning to GFS, Jenkins Fellows present thoughtful reflections on their experiences to the Garrison Forest community and act as service leaders as members of the student Service League Board for the remainder of their time at GFS.


Contact Barb Ackerman
Jenkins Program Director

Deadline for applications is January.

Where have Jenkins Fellows Served?

This is just a partial list of the places and communities Jenkins Fellows have helped:

Jennifer Berg '06 and Margo Josephs '06, through the Associated Jewish Charities, worked at a hospital, kindergarten and Ethiopian immigration center in Israel.

Sandra Mukasa '08 taught math in Uganda, Claire Whedbee '09 taught English in Ghana, Amy Mullan '14 taught English in Mumbai and Jiejing Hao '11, Lesha Ouyang '11, Yeon Ji Kim ’14, Brooke Fruman ’16 and Quihan Zang ’16 taught at schools in China, Mimi N’Diaye ’16 (Dominican Republic), among others.

Caitlin Crowl '08 was a counselor at Juliette Low Camp, a Missouri camp for girls with physical and mental disabilities.

Lillie Stellman '09 created a dance movement program for children living at the House of Ruth Maryland, a non-profit assisting women and children victimized by domestic violence.

Susannah Feinstein '10 did construction in a rural Honduran farming community through the American World Service Volunteer Summer Program.

Numerous Fellows have worked in orphanages: Kristen Miller '10 (Ghana), Naya Frazier '12 (Senegal), Kit Brennen '12 (India), Jessica Howard '13 (Cambodia), Sequoia Scavullo ’14 (Kenya), Katherine Pardoe ’14 (Guatemala), Julianna Martinez ’16 (Peru), among others.

Julie Stellman '12 and Jackie Magaha ’16 worked with Hands Across the Americas on a medical to Peru.

Sarah Hill '13 worked in HIV/AIDS and nutritional program for families in the Dominican Republic.

Katie Bhattacharya '13 worked in a therapuetic riding program at Ohio's Camp Cheerful.

JooEun Lee '13 and Amanda Selsky '13 worked at a South Korean child care center.

Katherine Semenova ’14 worked at a Czech Republic medical clinic.

Sarah Mazur ’14 worked for Habitat for Humanity in Wisconsin.

Sofia Maranto ’16 worked with tribal elders on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana.

Amanda Rein '17 volunteers on a Sicilian farm/community center for underprivileged children and abused women.