Compton Mentor Fellowships

Background:  The Compton Foundation seeks to foster human and ecological security. The Foundation supports responsible stewardship that respects the rights of future generations to a balanced and healthy ecology, both personal and global, allowing for the full richness of human experience. To realize this vision, the Foundation awards most of its grants in the areas of Peace & Security, Environment & Sustainability, and Population & Productive Health, with a special emphasis on projects that explore the interconnections between these categories.

The Scholarship:  The Mentor Fellowship Program is the Foundation's newest fellowship program. Started in 2002, the program's purpose is to promote the creativity, commitment, and service of five graduating seniors each year, who are nominated by selected colleges and universities in the United States, and chosen by an independent committee. The Mentor Fellowship Program is based on the belief that life-changing experiences can occur when formal learning is transformed by action. Each Mentor Fellow is awarded a one-year, $35,000 fellowship. The stipend is used to implement a self-directed project that focuses on real-world situations. At the core of the fellowship is the partnership between a fellow and a mentor, who provides guidance, encouragement, and impetus for continued learning and service.

Application:  The application consists of a project proposal, a projected budget for the project, short-essay questions, and a mentor information.

References:  Two letters of recommendation are required.

Who Should Apply:  Graduating seniors with a strong academic record and interest in pursuing a project related to a Compton-related issue. Documented leadership skills, community service, and initiative are required.

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