From the president

Nathan Francis, a senior at University of Mary Washington, embodies all the best qualities of a UMW student. He is intellectually curious, creative, and strives to have the knowledge, skills, and capacity to improve the world around him. Nathan is an active student who has been involved in community and civic engagement since his first year at UMW. As a Peer Adviser in the Center for International Education, and a student leader, he engages locally and internationally with the goal of working collectively to find solutions to societal problems.

Troy Paino


University of Mary Washington

nathan francis

Personal Statement

I have always had a heart centered on service and an interest in the betterment of the area where I am currently situated. There is not any issue with a barrier too large to overcome. Through my experiences internationally and getting to support different organizations in the region where I go to school, I have had the incredible opportunity to work with individuals to help make positive change in the areas of education, support for low-income families, food insecurity, and various other fields. In doing this, I have had the opportunity to meet some incredible people, intelligent minds, strong hearts, and change-makers. That has been one of the most humbling parts of doing this work, and one of the main reasons I continue to do it.

Nathan Francis

Political Science

University of Mary Washington