The Bush legacy of investing in leaders predates the formation of the Bush Foundation in 1953. “Archie Bush (founder of the Bush Foundation, along with his wife Edyth) believed in investing in extraordinary leaders,” says Anita Patel, leadership programs director for the Bush Foundation. “That tradition came straight from him; now the Foundation has been doing it for over 50 years.”
The Bush Fellowship’s focus is on the development of individual leaders who are working to promote change both in themselves and their communities. “The focus is not on helping Fellows pursue a particular issue or project, but on allowing them to really concentrate on their leadership growth,” says Patel. 24 Bush Fellows are selected each year by panels of Bush Fellow alumni, Foundation staff and community leaders.
Below, hear from a few of the people behind Bush Fellowship selection.