The Social Entrepreneurship Program aims to equip our students to become 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 Middlebury launched the Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship to support a select group of exceptionally promising Middlebury students.
Each year, a cohort of six Fellows is chosen from the sophomore, sophomore feb, and junior feb classes. For the rest of their time at Middlebury, Fellows learn collaboratively and give back to their communities. The Fellowship aims to expand 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.
During their time as Middlebury students, Fellows :
- Enroll in MiddCORE, a winter-term course focused on leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation
- Integrate the theory and practice of social change into their academic work
- Engage in two consecutive relevant summer experiences (with total grant support of up to $8,000)
- Exhibit positive leadership on the Middlebury campus and beyond
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.
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.
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.
Each year, a group of six “Changemakers” are selected from the Fellowship applicant pool to 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