Jenkins Fellows

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. 

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