FERRUM, VA. (July 1, 2016) – This summer, Ferrum College alum Layne Dillon ’16, of Rocky Mount, Va., is one of a small number of people getting a close look at state government by taking part in the prestigious Virginia Governor’s Fellowship Program. Dillon, who graduated this spring with a political science degree, is working in the Governor’s Policy Office through July 29.

“I hope to soak up as much experience as I can during the two short months I will be in the Governor’s Policy Office, which plays a critical role within any Governor’s administration because of the influence they have over the wide range of policy issues and initiatives the Governor hopes to promote or complete during his or her term in office,” said Dillon.

Dillon applied to the Governor’s Fellowship Program because of the multitude of opportunities the Program has afforded previous fellows, such as candidate for the Mayor of Richmond and former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney, who served as executive in residence at Ferrum College in October 2015. “I also applied to the Governor’s Fellowship program because, to my knowledge, no Ferrum College student or graduate has ever been accepted into the program. I hope by participating in this prestigious program and promoting the College to the best of my ability, more Ferrum College students or graduates are also afforded this amazing opportunity,” explained Dillon.

According to its website, the Virginia Governor’s Fellowship Program “offers a select group of outstanding and highly motivated individuals the opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth of Virginia.” Fellowship program participants must have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in academics, shown leadership ability, participated in extracurricular activities, and been active in community service.

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