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Delores Barr Weaver Fellows Program – Emerging Philanthropists

Delores Barr Weaver Fellows Inaugural Class
Fellows in the inaugural class (Front row left to right: Brittany Duke-Anthony, WGA President Paula Liang, Legacy Member Delores Barr Weaver, Samantha Alves Orender; Back row: Yaima Coto, Karen Estella Smith, Sabeen Perwaiz, Heather Houston, Emily O'Leary, Meredith Guess, Angela Grewal, Jennifer Simmons, Melissa Beaudry, Sara Bonderud and DBW Fellows Program Coordinator Stephanie Cost)

WGA Founder and Legacy Member Delores Barr Weaver has continually inspired creative ways of engaging others in community stewardship. Through the Delores Barr Weaver Fellows Program, Mrs. Weaver and other generous women subsidize emerging philanthropists to develop Northeast Florida's future women leaders today.

Benefits To Fellows

There are many reasons to apply to the Delores Barr Weaver (DBW) Fellows Program. As full voting Members, Fellows are able to participate in strategic philanthropy while helping to shape a premier grantmaking organization. Fellows are paired with WGA Ambassadors to introduce and engage them. Through events, committee involvement and other activities, Fellows are able to work side by side with WGA Members and other Fellows. The program is a great way to meet like-minded women and build knowledge, experience and connections.


Delores Barr Weaver with DBW fellow Sara Bonderud
Delores Barr Weaver (center) with Fellow Sara Bonderud and her daughter.

The fellowship is a four-year commitment. Annual Membership fees are subsidized during this time, with the expectation that fellows will join WGA as full, unsubsidized Members in their fifth year.

WGA accepts up to 15 Fellows in each class. To apply, applicants need to meet the following requirements:

  • Under age 40 at time of application
  • Nominated by a current WGA Member
  • Passionate about WGA's mission

Download a detailed overview of the DBW Fellows Program.


In Her Own Words: Our Fellows

Sabeen Perwaiz

"I love that I am treated as an equal and that my opinion and voice matter. It is refreshing to be able to contribute and give your time without being judged by your age. This fellowship has been a valuable learning experience for both me and WGA." Fellow Sabeen Perwaiz and Project Manager, JAXUSA Partnership

Jennifer Simmons

"I really had an aha moment during my first annual meeting. I truly realized how much this group of women does for our community. It is pretty impressive." – Fellow Jennifer Simmons and Director of Parent & Family Programs, Jacksonville University

Heather Houston

"The Fellows program offers more than an introduction to WGA. It’s a well-rounded experience that provides Members with philanthropic, civic and personal development opportunities." Fellow Heather Houston and Account Executive, The Dalton Agency

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