The Judge William W. Treat Fellowship

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About the Fellowship

The Treat Fellowship program was established at the University of New Hampshire in 2018 in memory of the late New Hampshire Judge William W. Treat. The purpose of the Fellowship is to provide undergraduate students a platform for facilitating and engaging in conversations across differences.  

Treat Fellows draw on an in-depth understanding of their humanity, identity (gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, ability/disability, etc.), and personal values to promote mutual understanding, compassion, and awareness. Treat Fellows conduct meaningful conversations promoting pluralism, community, and grappling with complex issues of equity and justice.  We intentionally seek student participation across social identities and perspectives. 
 

 Apply

The deadline to apply for a Treat Fellowship is NOV. 30, 2022.

If you have any questions, contact Michele Holt-Shannon.

Treat Fellows design and facilitate campus conversations, work off-campus with youth leaders in area schools, and foster multi-partisan understanding with regional and state policy leaders. 

Fellowship recipients receive:

  • A stipend of $500 (before taxes) for a semester of active engagement in the program (approx. 3-5 hours/week, or 50 hours, to be completed by the end of the semester) with NH Listens. The stipend is provided at the end of each semester. 
  • An all-expenses paid pre-semester retreat in January 2023 (week of January 16) 
  • Potential for international travel 

Who Can Apply?

To be considered for a Treat Fellowship, the applicant must be:

  • An undergraduate student in good standing at the University of New Hampshire and returning for Fall 2023. The program runs from January 2023 through December 2024; there is no summertime commitment, but there is potential for international travel. 
  • If selected, the candidate needs to attend weekly meetings (Mondays 3:00 - 5:00 PM) and participate in hosting and facilitating Courageous Conversations on campus.  
  • Enrolled as a UNH student for the current Semester 
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 is required (verified through the Registrar's office) Additional qualifications

Image of UNH Campus and Treat Headshot

Judge William Treat was born in Winterport, Maine and spent the final years of his life in Stratham, New Hampshire. He was appointed as a probate judge in New Hampshire in 1958 and served until his retirement in 1983. During his career, Judge Treat served as a leader in the New Hampshire Republican Party as well as the Republican National Committee. Reflecting his commitment to global human rights, Judge Treat was a member of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities at the United Nations Human Rights Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

Judge Treat received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Maine in 1990 and the University New Hampshire in 2001. In 1988, Plymouth State College (now Plymouth State University) awarded him the "Granite State Citizen Award" for outstanding citizenship.

Throughout his life, Judge Treat was famous for hosting dinner parties at his home that brought together guests who represented a wide range of political views. He believed deeply in the value of “cross-party” conversations where guests would listen to each other respectfully and exchange their ideas in order to better understand each other.  It is this practice that is reflected in the William W. Treat Student Fellows Program that is now being initiated at UNH.  The Courageous Conversation Series will carry on Judge Treat’s legacy and encourage the practice of bridging political and other divides in order to strengthen our abilities to discuss topics critical to our democratic society.

Learn more about Judge William W. Treat’s accomplishments and his memorial at the Hampton Library.

To be considered for a Treat Fellowship, the applicant must be:

  • An undergraduate student in good standing at the University of New Hampshire and returning for Fall 2023. The program runs from January 2023 through December 2024; there is no summertime commitment, but there is potential for international travel. 
  • If selected, the candidate needs to attend weekly meetings (Mondays 3:00 - 5:00 PM) and participate in hosting and facilitating Courageous Conversations on campus.  
  • Enrolled as a UNH student for the current Semester 
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 is required (verified through the Registrar's office)

Additional Desirable Qualifications

  • Willingness to prioritize this role and effectively manage time commitment to program 
  • Interest in guiding open conversations on a range of topics
  • Ability to reflect on social identifies (e.g., by race, class, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexuality, culture, and language) and how they influence life experiences
  • Dependable, good follow-through on commitments
  • Interest in deepening your understanding of yourself, others, and campus life for all 
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