The Tom Meyer Public Interest Fellowship will be awarded annually to an individual or individuals who are beginning their own lifelong career in social justice advocacy in Columbus and intend to work in a public interest field that reflects Tom’s interests and passions. The Fellowship will support each individual’s work at a local nonprofit advocacy organization or nonprofit journalism outlet whose reporting is focused on social justice issues through financial and other support as resources allow.
Tom was a well-known Democrat and community activist in central Ohio, who worked in the Statehouse for 33 years, where he handled communications for the democratic caucus, pursued important investigative journalism, championed progressive causes, and mentored dozens of young interns. He also devoted countless hours to political campaigns, helped save neighborhoods and green spaces and was a self-taught expert on pre-historic native Ohio artifacts.
You can also support the Tom Meyer Memorial Fund via check payable to the “Tom Meyer Memorial Fund of The Columbus Foundation.” Checks can be mailed to The Columbus Foundation at 1234 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205.