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The Columbus Foundation Summer Fellowship Program Grows

Deadline to submit a student application for the 2015 program is January 16 

Columbus, OH (November 25, 2014)—The Columbus Foundation’s Summer Fellowship Program is expanding in 2015, offering a total of 14 Fellowships to engage and inspire the next generation of nonprofit leaders, up from 11 in 2014. The Foundation recently selected the nonprofit organizations that will serve as host sites for 2015, and is seeking college or graduate students to fill the Fellowships at a wide range of Franklin County nonprofit organizations. The deadline to submit a student application online is Friday, January 16, 2015.

Since 2010, The Columbus Foundation’s Summer Fellowship Program has been providing career-related work experience for college students interested in the nonprofit sector. Selected students will be placed with a Franklin County nonprofit organization for the length of the Fellowship Program, from June 1–August 7, 2015. The nonprofits participating in the program were chosen to host a student through a competitive application process. Each nonprofit also receives a grant from The Columbus Foundation to cover the stipend for the Fellow.

To qualify for a Fellowship, applicants must be a college junior, senior, 2015 graduate or graduate student in the fall of 2015, and be a Franklin County high school graduate or pursuing a degree at a Franklin County college or university.

The 14 nonprofit organizations chosen to participate in this year’s Fellows program and the projects Fellows will work on are:

Actors’ Theatre of Columbus
To provide a production management liaison role to assist during performances, coordinate volunteers, manage social media, and administer audience surveys for the summer programming in Schiller Park and additional collaborations.

Clean Fuels Ohio
To support the Ohio Green Fleets program through outreach, education, and certification—aiming to reduce the emissions, petroleum, and overall fuel use of government and business vehicle fleets. 

Columbus Early Learning Centers
To develop a robust volunteer program by creating and implementing policies, procedures, and engagement strategies to ensure a valuable volunteer experience—while recruiting, training, and working with these volunteers.

Economic and Community Development Institute, Inc.           
To support the department of development with its core functions while providing opportunities for grantwriting, interpreting requests for proposals, conducting literature reviews, and concisely describing program plans in an effort to secure additional program support. 

GroundWork group
To support the exploration of the GroundWork group process, information management system, and projects that provide solutions for the needs of central Ohio nonprofit organizations.

Habitat for Humanity–MidOhio
To conceptually develop, film, produce, and edit a series of four to six videos that explore the mission of Habitat from the lens of the Fellow and stakeholders, such as a partner family or construction volunteer.

KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic
To develop a comprehensive awareness and education program on the importance of good dental health that encourages families to seek affordable dental care at the KidSMILES clinic. 

KIPP Columbus
To develop and implement the processes and systems necessary to accurately and efficiently enter, track, and report important current and former student data related to demographics, contact information, and academic progress towards college.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio Kentucky and Indiana
To conduct a wish cost analysis as a way of learning and studying the costs and activities associated with granting wishes.

Per Scholas Inc.
To support Per Scholas’ workforce development goals through research on current IT workforce trends, future needs of employers, capacity of the market, and defining skills gaps of the education supply and training demand.

The Pizzuti Collection        
To expand educational programs to low-income youth through the development of an outreach initiative to schools and faculty, the development of a Junior Docent Program, and a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus. 

Shepherd’s Corner
To revisit and update the 1997 survey “Ask the Land,” a comprehensive environmental survey for the 160 acres that includes Shepherd’s Corner. 

Vineyard Community Center           
To increase the capacity of the Vineyard Immigration Counseling Services through utilization of LawLogix software, volunteer recruitment, effective case management, and implementation of monthly client screening and assessment clinics. 

To develop more family-friendly programs at targeted YMCA branches, while surveying parents of camp children to determine what type of family programs are needed and wanted in central Ohio.

To read past experiences from the Fellows, please visit the Fellow’s Blog. For additional information about the program, and/or to submit an application, please visit our Summer Fellows page.



About The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisor® to more than 2,000 individuals, families, businesses, and communities that have created unique funds to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Now 70 years strong, The Columbus Foundation is the seventh largest community foundation in the United States. The Foundation’s online giving marketplace, PowerPhilanthropy,® makes it possible for everyone to access valuable information about nonprofit organizations in central Ohio.

November 25, 2014