Witherspoon Program Announcement

On December 16, 2008 the Family Research Council announced with regret the cessation of operations for its college student program, known since 1996 as the Witherspoon Fellowship. The recent severe economic downturn had a sharp impact on FRC's revenues. This, combined with the unprecedented challenge now facing religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and the defense of marriage, made the reallocation of resources to FRC's core mission essential.

For the future, FRC will continue to accept a limited number of full-time, unpaid internships for 2009. These interns will work full-time with FRC staff in particular areas of interest under the supervision of professional staff.

We are proud of what the program, through the generous support of our donors and the contributions of its founder, leaders and lecturers, has accomplished. During the past 11 years, more than 400 young men and women prayed, worked, and studied with FRC in Washington, moving on to an astonishing array of roles in public service, education, and business.

Students came primarily from the United States, but also hailed from Europe, Africa, and Latin America. We thank God for them and for the successes of this program. We pray the Lord's blessings upon our Witherspoon alumni and we ask His guidance for young people everywhere.

We specifically commend Vice President for Academic Affairs Bob Morrison and his assistant Rosalind Bergen for their work on the Fellowship these past few years. They accepted the challenge of maintaining the Fellowship and its combination of classroom and field studies, operating with half the staff level the program previously enjoyed. They performed admirably and they merit our heartfelt thanks.

We also thank our colleague and founder of the Fellowship, Alan C. Crippen, who brought the concept of the Witherspoon Fellowship to FRC more than a decade ago, served as its rector, and crafted its original shape and content.

Since 2006 Mr. Crippen has established and run the John Jay Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado, an academic fellowship that has provided education and internship experiences at a number of organizations in Washington, D.C. and nationwide, including Family Research Council. Click here for more information about the Institute and its programs.