Center for Social Entrepreneurship

at Middlebury


The final sentence in the Middlebury mission statement is: “Through the pursuit of knowledge unconstrained by national or disciplinary boundaries, students who come to Middlebury learn to engage the world.” At the SE, we take this goal to heart.

Our programs are designed to enable students to reflect on who they are, connect with others, analyze systemic challenges, and engage the world around them.

Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship

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Each year, a cohort of six Fellows is chosen from the sophomore, sophomore feb, and junior feb calsses. For the rest of their time at Middlebury, Fellows learn collaboratively and give back to their communities. The Fellowship aims to offer students exposure to professional and academic opportunities related to social change; to foster humility and an awareness of the complexities in trying to effect social change; to help students avoid isolated experiences as they learn from failures and successes; and to provide mentorship to help them set and achieve their goals.

These top students with a range of interests in social change and social justice each receive $8,000, personalized mentoring from SE staff, and engage with one of the three fellowship tracks: design a social enterprise, become a social intra-preneur, or research a topic of interest aimed at social change and social impact.

Fellows are expected to integrate social entrepreneurship into academic work, pursue relevant summer experiences, and act as leaders in social change communities both on campus and beyond. Find more information on the Fellowship here.


MiddChallenge Summer Grants


A 2013 Summer Grant Recipient, Rabeya Jawaid ’16, trained 20 young deaf women in Karachi, Pakistan in sewing and screen printing alongside classes in sign language and entrepreneurial skills.

MiddChallenge provides $3,000 seed funding grants for teams of Middlebury College students to implement social change projects. Follow this link for more information and to download anapplication.

Past projects have included developing a composting system in a local high school, training youth changemakers in Mexico, initiating GIS mapping in Rwanda to aid a grassroots health organization, helping street children in Africa, creating insect-based food products to help at-risk populations in developing countries, and using design thinking to engage youth in Pakistan to tackle social issues.




Ambassador Corps

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SE Fellow Grecia de la O Abarca participated in the Ambassador Corps program.

Each summer, up to five students receive $2,500 to fund internships with social enterprises in microfinance, sustainable agriculture, public health and other sectors. The Ambassador Corps, managed by our colleagues at the Monterey Institute’s Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL), works closely with both host organizations and interns to make mutually beneficial matches and to offer students experience working in social impact and the opportunity to explore possible career paths. For more information on the program, please visit the Ambassador Corps website.


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