Sands Fellowship

Sands Family Social Venturing Fellowship

Bill & Susan Sands graduated from the University of Minnesota and dedicated their lives to making the Twin Cities a better community.   Through the Western Bank, Neighborhood Development Center, Jeremiah Program and numerous other social and economic development organizations, Bill and Susan provided opportunity and assistance to individuals in need.  Through Sands Family Social Venturing Fellowship, they hope to inspire future generations of Carlson MBA students to have a similar positive impact in their local community.

Financial support provides Carlson MBA students with the opportunity to create transformative summer experience as part of social venture that contributes to local community.  MBA students are encouraged to either develop plans to launch their own new social venture or co-design summer internship projects with local mission-based organizations.  Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to students who propose new ventures or internships that provide tangible benefits to the local community in the form of community and neighborhood economic development, housing, health and reducing poverty.  Additional funding is available for students whose ventures advance beyond the experiential STARTUP course.

Sands Fellows participating in this program have launched more than a dozen businesses to support workforce training for disadvantaged groups, affordable housing, medical devices designed specifically for youth markets and a broad range of social ventures.

Interested MBA students my register on TalentLink for an information session for to be held on Friday September 25 from 9-10 AM. 

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Sands Fellowship

Carlson School MBA student discusses the Sands Fellowship

Student Name Year Student Name Year
Jeff Ochs 2013 Laura Johnson 2017
Eartha Bell 2013 Laura Johnston 2017
Kate Kessenich 2014 Michael Moriarity 2017
Laura-Lee Brown 2014 Harpreet Sandhawalia 2017
Tim O'Neil 2014 Peter Ryan 2017
Jon Melgaard 2014 Zach Hofield 2017
Peter Schmitt 2015 Daniella De Franco 2018
Sarah Pritzker 2015 Christopher Thompson 2018
Steven Bruce 2015 Wade Wimer 2018
Joe Braman 2015 Isaac Murphy 2018
Elise Maxwell 2015 Justin Doll 2018
Alana Buckner 2015 Jonathan Latterner 2018
Jamie Glover 2016 David Ly 2019
Rebecca Blumenshine 2016 Erik Muckey 2019
Simon Cecil 2016 Lindsay Sacco 2019
Patricia Columbus-Powers 2016 Sarah Carroll 2019
Charlie Massopust 2016 Rose Kelly 2019
Joseph Alexander 2017 Tyler Ledford 2019
Chris Grantham 2017