Villanova University Sophomore Selected for The Washington Program by The Institute of Responsible Citizenship

Jene Baquet ’26 VSB has been selected by The Institute of Responsible Citizenship to participate in its highly selective Washington Program.

VILLANOVA, Pa. (March 14, 2024) – Villanova University sophomore Jene Baquet ’26 VSB has been selected by The Institute of Responsible Citizenship to participate in its highly selective Washington Program, a two-summer opportunity that supports some of the best and brightest African American male college students in the country. Baquet will be one of twelve students as part of the cohort for the Class of 2025 and is the third Villanovan to be selected to participate in this competitive program.

A Posse scholarship recipient from New Orleans, Baquet is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration from the Villanova School of Business. Baquet is an active member of his local community, where he spent Sundays preparing 5,000 bags of goods, including at the holidays, to feed over 1,000 families in the New Orleans area. In addition to his hard work in the classroom, he also plays for Villanova’s club basketball team and serves as a manager for the Villanova women's basketball team. In the future, Baquet aspires to become an NBA General Manager.

"This prestigious opportunity to participate in The Washington Program not only reflects Jene’s academic excellence but also speaks volumes about his potential to excel in real-world settings—now and into the future," said Wen Mao, PhD, the Helen and William O'Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business. "I am confident that Jene’s experience will enrich his academic journey and empower him to make meaningful contributions to Villanova and beyond."

The Washington Program offers a unique opportunity for some of America's most talented and ambitious African American male college students. During the program, scholars live together in a university residence hall and work at high-level internships in their fields of interest. They participate in a challenging seminar on economic and constitutional principles, engage in private meetings with prominent leaders from both the public and private sectors, attend personal and professional development workshops, and enjoy a variety of social activities. The Institute’s 270+ alumni have garnered prestigious accolades, including Rhodes Scholarships, Truman Scholarships and Schwarzman Scholarships—amongst numerous others—and are employed in an array of fields including academia, medicine, law, business and more.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit