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The Columbus Foundation Announces 2022 Summer Fellows

Columbus, OH (June 13, 2022)—The Columbus Foundation is pleased to announce participants in its 2022 Summer Fellowship Program. Launched in 2010, the program provides college students, recent college graduates, and graduate students the opportunity to work with central Ohio nonprofit organizations for a 10-week period.

The Foundation's Summer Fellowship Program engages the next generation of nonprofit leaders by offering fellows "real-world" experiences while building the organizational capacity of Franklin County nonprofits.

A total of 16 organizations and fellows representing eight different educational institutions were selected to participate this year, with each fellow receiving a $6,350 stipend for their work.

"The Foundation's Summer Fellowship Program provides the next generation of nonprofit leaders with an immersive experience while offering local organizations support for their incredible work in our community. We welcome our 2022 Fellows and look forward to supporting their professional development and projects that benefit our region," said Dr. Mark A. Lomax, II, Director of Arts & Generational Grantmaking at the Foundation.

The 2022 Summer Fellows

2022 Summer Fellows and Nonprofits:

  • ARC Industries Inc. of Franklin County, OhioJenna Hays of Mayfield, and a student at The Ohio State University, will support community inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities through program development, activity implementation, and community outreach projects.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus, Inc.Gabriel Jackson of Columbus, and a graduate student at The Ohio State University, will build brand awareness through a digital recruitment campaign.
  • Communities In Schools of OhioNevaeh Miller of Cleveland, and a student at The Ohio State University, will plan, promote, and conduct summer family engagement events and activities.
  • Cultivate CDCAaron Saunders of Elida, and a student at Columbus State Community College, will lead summer programing at the Milo-Grogan network of gardens.
  • Equality Ohio Education FundGavin Enseleit of Dayton, and a student at The Ohio State University, will support outreach, education, and organizing efforts for LGBTQ+ Ohioans.
  • Ethiopian Tewahedo Social ServicesGrace Blanchong of Westerville, and a student at The Ohio State University, will assist with fundraising, correspondence, social media, and marketing collateral creation for two events.
  • Local MattersBrandon Bishop of Akron, and a law student at Duke University, will create a program operations manual for new food education programs.
  • Marburn AcademyEmma Urhammer of Sunbury, and a student at Otterbein University, will assist staff in the creation of a strategic plan.
  • My Project USALovie-Afi Greene of Columbus, and a student at Central State University, will coordinate summer programming for youth.
  • Ohio History ConnectionLarissa-Bronte Agbor-Nkongho of Gahanna, and a student at Capital University, will build meaningful relationships with underserved audiences through the creation of relevant and authentic educational resources.
  • Ohio Humanities CouncilCailynn Fox of Westerville, and a student at The Ohio State University, will create a statewide digital resource integrating STEM and the humanities for K-12 students.
  • Peggy R. McConnell Worthington Center for the ArtsElizabeth Henke of Houston, Texas, and a student at The Ohio State University, will provide support for the Outdoor Summer Series and the implementation of the summer camp.
  • Seeds of CaringAbbi Hile of Hilliard, and a student at the University of Dayton, will provide social-emotional education to children ages 5-12 through service-based learning projects.
  • Siemer InstituteFatoumata Bah of Columbus, and a student at The Ohio State University, will develop a best practice report for organizations engaging in family stability work and an issue brief that identifies topics important for future research.
  • Simply LivingMax Thesing of Columbus, and a student at Kenyon College, will create a sustainable business directory for central Ohio.
  • Speak for the UnspokenAriana Adamson of Akron, and a student at The Ohio State University, will develop a robust volunteer process that includes creating a marketing plan, applications, waivers, data management processes, and training and operating manuals.

Read the fellows' blog to stay up to date with their experiences this summer.

Learn more about the Summer Fellowship Program.

About The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation serves nearly 3,000 individuals, families, and businesses that have created unique funds and planned gifts to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. The Columbus Foundation is Your Trusted Philanthropic Advisor® and is among the top ten largest community foundations in the United States.

June 13, 2022