Hill Fellows

Charlie Hill '66 established the endowed Charlie Hill Leadership Institute. Appreciating his transformative experiences while a cadet in the ROTC Program at Virginia State University, Mr. Hill intends to help to prepare future leaders for service in their careers, and life in general. The endowment proposes to provide an opportunity for students to participate in a program which highlights the qualities of service, integrity and character.

While Mr. Hill created the endowment as an opportunity for student transformation, it did not bear his name. In honor of Mr. Hill’s commitment to excellence and his 50th anniversary on the “Hill high above the Appomattox,” Interim President Dr. Pamela V. Hammond suggested naming the fund in his honor.

The purpose of the Hill Leadership Institute is to serve as the elite leadership organization on the VSU campus and to provide the fellows with premier professional, leadership, and community development opportunities.

The Hill Fellows are strong advocates of Virginia State University, the Division of Student Success and Engagement, and Mr. Hill’s mission on educating African Americans on Prostate Cancer. The goal is to offer average students exposure to underrepresented areas and assist in preparing them for global leadership.

The Leadership Institutes first inaugural cohort of 12 students were inducted in April 2019 after a weekend of professional and leadership development from VSU staff members. Charlie Hill made a guest appearance to welcome the students into the program.


  • Must be a rising junior or senior.
  • Have a 3.0 minimum GPA.
  • Have at least 15 hours of community service.