All Canisius College freshman through junior undergraduates with:

  • A cumulative QPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • A desire to develop leadership skills.
  • A desire to develop community awareness about an issue. 


  • Two Fitzpatrick Leadership Fellows will each earn $1,000 per semester for the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Fellows will develop and implement public affairs programming. Public affairs programming should engage an issue that is, or may become, the subject of public discussion or public policy. The programming should be intended to educate the Canisius community regarding this issue. The programming may involve a lecture, but it must involve more than that.
  • Fellows will receive a budget and guidance from the Fitzpatrick Institute.
  • Fellows will collect information on the process of developing and implementing public affairs programming.
  • Fellows will serve on the Advisory Committee of the Fitzpatrick Institute. 


  • Fellows will serve Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
  • Programming will be presented in Spring 2014.
  • Applications are due by April 22, 2013.
  • Fellows will be announced on May 2, 2013


  • Two students may apply as a team, or a student may apply individually.
  • Apply to the Director of the Fitzpatrick Institute, Dr. Michael Haselswerdt.
  • Applications may be:
    • Via email to
    • Via regular mail, directed to Michael Haselswerdt, Director; 220 Lyons Hall; Canisius College; Buffalo, NY  14208.
  • The application process may consist of two steps. The first step involves written material, including:
    • A one page programming proposal that includes a rationale for the proposal.
    • One letter of reference attesting to the potential for leadership.
    • One copy of an unofficial transcript.
    • Due April 22, 2013
  • The second step involves a personal interview. The Director will select the most compelling proposals and schedule an oral interview with him or her and members of the Fitzpatrick Institute Advisory Committee.
  • Fitzpatrick Leadership Fellows will be selected by the Director and announced on May 2, 2013. 


  • To provide public affairs programming by and for Canisius College students.
  • To develop the leadership skills of Fellows.
  • To expose the Canisius College community to ideas for consideration and reflection.