The mission statement of the Social Entrepreneurship (SE) Program states that “our students learn to be effective agents of social change by reflecting on who they are, connecting with others, analyzing systemic challenges, and engaging the world around them.” In the fall of 2013, to help fulfill this mission, we unveiled the “Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program,” which is designed to support a select group of exceptionally promising Middlebury students.
The primary goals of this program are to extend this cohort’s exposure to opportunity, encourage humility and awareness of the complexities in trying to effect social change, and to help students avoid isolated experiences as they learn from failures and successes. The secondary goals are to develop a culture of dedicated leaders that mentor other Middlebury students and to assist the college in its quest to support summer internship opportunities for all Middlebury students.
During the fellowship, SE Fellows :
- Enroll in a winter-term course focused on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Integrate the theory and practice of social entrepreneurship into their academic work.
- Engage in two consecutive relevant summer experiences (with total grant support of up to $8,000.)
- Provide leadership on the Middlebury campus and beyond.
Fellows spend time working with staff mentors to plan experiential-learning opportunities designed to enhance their academic work and lay the foundations for leading a life of social change. Many Fellows spend their first summer in a structured internship environment, which can strengthen the student’s understanding of how change work takes place in a professional context and which introduces them to the challenges and opportunities associated with working in the social impact field.
After different experiences both in and outside the classroom, Fellows actively reflect on the connections they are making between theory and practice, between their values and their work, and between their goals and their actions.
Each year, a group of six “Changemakers” are selected from the Fellowship applicant pool and receive the mentorship and skillbuilding opportunities associated with the Fellowship itself. Our Class of 2018 Changemakers include:
Naina Horning Meron Benti Luna Shen
Grace Hwang Julia Silva Grant Olcott
Application to the SE Fellowship Program is open to sophomore febs, sophomores, and junior febs. This year’s application period is closed, but an example fellowship application can be found here.