The Freshman Fellowship Program was launched in the fall of 1995 under the leadership of Dr. Karen Reese, vice president for Student Affairs. The pilot program began in 1995 and had five fellows. The experience was to provide academically talented students with the opportunity to understand and practice research while working with a university professor on a research project. For their research efforts, students were paid a stipend of $1,000 for the academic year. The Freshman Fellowship Program has grown over the years to serve well over 30 fellows. The Freshman Fellowship Program has resulted in better educated students and students who graduate and enter the world of work with a competitive advantage.