DePodesta Fellowship

DePodesta Fellowship

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The John DePodesta Education Innovation Fellowship Program is a partnership between Minneapolis-based ECMC Group and the University of Minnesota that enables graduate students to address fundamental challenges facing postsecondary education.

The Fellowship is designed for graduate or PhD students in business, public policy, sociology or education, who will have the ability to test or develop plans to launch a new venture or co-design new programs in partnership with existing educational organizations that seek to improve the quality of postsecondary education. The Fellowship was developed in recognition of John DePodesta, a founding board member and immediate past chair of ECMC Group, who has spent the past 25 years working to help students succeed.

Initial feasibility grants of $15,000 will be awarded annually for up to four students. Subsequent launch grants of up to $75,000 may be made available to students demonstrating strong progress with their concepts, significant potential impact from their venture and a commitment to operate the venture full-time for at least 12 months post-graduation.

Learn more about the DePodesta Fellowship by watching this video  

Interested graduate and PhD students my register on TalentLink for an information session for to be held on Tuesday October 13 at 11:45 - 12:45.  More information on the application process for 2020-2021 will be provided in advance of application deadline of January 4.

 

Meet the 2020 DePodesta Fellows:

Jessica Thompson
Proposed Social Venture: First Generation Success

Jessica is a second-year PhD student currently working on her doctoral degree analyzing the outcome of first generation students and the intersection of programs designed to support their educational success.  She also currently teaches, advises and develops programming for historically marginalized students at the University of Minnesota.  Jessica is currently enrolled in the Carlson School’s Customer Discovery & Testing course to explore the student experience before, during and after their education at the University of Minnesota.  She will take this summer to work closely with ECMC leadership and other University and business mentors to assess the potential for development of programs, policies and processes on a regional or national basis.

Leah Battin
Proposed Social Venture: Diversifying and Strengthening the MBA Pipeline

Leah Battin is a former high school math teacher and first-year MBA student at the Carlson School.  She is a Student Representative to the Board of Regents and is passionate about improving the diversity of students in business education.  Leah is currently enrolled in the Carlson School’s Customer Discovery & Testing course to explore the logistical, social and financial demands of creating a pipeline for underrepresented students and alumni of community colleges into graduate business programs.  She will spend her summer working closely with the Carlson School’s Camp Emerge program, ECMC staff and business mentors to assess the potential for development of this program on a regional or national basis.