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Nominations and Applications Open for the Next Class of William C. Friday Fellows

Friday, November 1, 2019  
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The William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations is now accepting nominations and applications from all North Carolina residents for the next class of Friday Fellows.

For detailed information on the application and nomination process, click here.

To review the nomination process and nomination form, click here.

To review the application criteria and begin an application form online, click here.

Named for the late UNC System President William C. “Bill” Friday, the Friday Fellowship is entering its 25th year of bringing together North Carolinians across difference. Ten classes of Friday Fellows have completed the two-year experience that includes six extended weekend seminars at locations throughout the state. The Friday Fellowship is a program of Wildacres Leadership Initiative.

Almost 75 years ago Wildacres Retreat, which is located in McDowell County near the Blue Ridge Parkway, was dedicated “to the betterment of human relations” in hopes that people who visited would learn to live together in harmony. Wildacres Leadership Initiative (WLI) was formed 50 years later to work throughout the state, launching the Friday Fellowship program to cultivate North Carolina leaders. In Bill Friday’s words, “The greatest need in our state and country is for a generation of leaders with moral principles, and ethical standards…with an unshakable commitment to courage and fairness with grace and courtesy and decency.”

There are over 200 Friday Fellows throughout the state and nation. Friday Fellows come from all walks of life and employment sectors. They include religious leaders, K-12 teachers, non-profit executives, elected officials, small-business owners, higher education professionals, entrepreneurs, and community members leading in a variety of ways.

Friday Fellowship applicants should be prepared to engage across difference with curiosity and courage.

Applications and nominations are due January 17, 2020 for consideration in selecting the 2020-2022 class of Friday Fellows. There is no cost, fee, or tuition for the Friday Fellowship. Applicants and nominators should review all program requirements carefully.

To be considered for selection, candidates must complete an application in addition to being nominated by someone who is meaningfully connected to their work in the world.

WLI invites candidates from all 100 North Carolina counties. Again this year, nominations are being accepted from the general public.

Complete information including nomination and application forms is available at

Questions about the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations or Wildacres Leadership Initiative may be directed to WLI’s Director Hunter Corn at

Wildacres Leadership Initiative is connected with Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC.