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WMU-Cooley Senior Selected as Finalist for Prestigious Federal Award

Soon-to-be graduate of WMU-Cooley Veller Morris has been selected for the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Class of 2022. The coveted program, administered by the U.S Office of Personnel Management, values leadership, problem-solving, strategic thinking and other qualities that lead to excellent service in a future career in the government.

Vellar Morris

“I never stopped believing,” said Morris, who is a native of Grenada currently living in Lansing, Michigan. “That was the key to my acceptance. The opportunities seem to be there and the agencies seem to be looking for 2022 finalists to fit those positions. If they select you, they’re looking to train you and keep you.”

In addition to working at a government agency, finalists also have the opportunity to be included in a rotational program simultaneously. PMF finalists receive 160 hours of formal interactive training, challenging work assignments, feedback on their work, four- to six-month developmental assignment, and other career-oriented benefits during their two-year appointment. The website also describes how finalists often continue on the path of federal service or further their work in the private sector, academia and the non-profit world after their appointment period.

Having worked closely with Morris throughout the entire process, Shari Lesnick, WMU-Cooley’s Associate Director of Career and Professional Development said, "I know she will make all of us at WMU-Cooley proud.  I look forward to seeing her career flourish and am so elated she responded to CPD's student outreach on this postgraduate fellowship."

The PMF Class of 2022 was selected on Dec. 3, 2021. Of the 8,065 applications that were received, 1,100 applicants were selected as finalists. The 2022 finalists' pool represents approximately 99 different academic disciplines and 299 academic institutions worldwide.

“I am enthusiastic about holding a governmental position in the policy or contract areas,” said Morris.

Dec 17 2021