Walt DeVries Fellows Fund

Introducing the Walt DeVries Fellows Fund

The NC Institute of Political Leadership was founded in 1974 by Dr. Walter DeVries in Wilmington, NC. It re-emerged in 1987 after the deliberations of several leading North Carolinians who had concerns regarding the lack of integrity found in the current political system.

The Board of Directors of NCIOPL wants to honor Dr. Walt DeVries for his vision and leadership throughout the years and has established this legacy fund in his honor. The funds will be used to offset expenses for the support and promotion of the NCIOPL Fellows Program. The eleven-week intensive program of top faculty and leaders in their fields incurs expenses beyond what the Fellows are required to contribute. Every student is essentially on scholarship as NCIOPL must raise over 75% of the cost to educate each fellow. This fund will allow NCIOPL to continue to provide exceptional training for all qualified fellow candidates without compromise.
Walt has impacted the lives of hundreds who have been involved with IOPL from its inception – Fellows, faculty, statewide public leaders, and staff. This fund provides an opportunity for those who are devoted to Walt to give back to the organization he founded and loves.

How to Donate

Those who wish to donate to the Walt DeVries Fellows Fund may do so in one of two ways:

Mail a check to:

The NC Institute of Political Leadership
2 New Bern Square
Greensboro, NC 27408

Online donations can be made by clicking on the “Donate Now” button on the right hand side of this page.  When you are redirected, specify you want your donation made to “The Walt DeVries Fellows Fund”.

Walt is honored and thrilled about the news of this Fund in his honor. You can listen to his comments below.
Walt says here “An IOPL Fellow is Forever.” This is so true.


Please help us preserve Walt’s legacy by contributing to this fund in his honor. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration!

And, as Walt would say, “Peace, my friends”.

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