Fellowships in Philanthropic Studies
Dr. Kathy A. Agard Fellowships in Community Philanthropy
The Agard Fellowship is designed to assist Grand Valley State University students – undergraduate or graduate in any major or program – interested in studying community philanthropy including individual giving, community foundations, giving circles, nonprofit organizations, public foundations, and related topics.
This ongoing fellowship program honors Dr. Kathy A. Agard’s years of service, dedication, and the impact she made on the field of community philanthropy, and her leadership for the Michigan Community Foundations’ Youth Project and Learning to Give. Dr. Agard retired as executive director of the Johnson Center for Philanthropy in December 2010.
2016–2017 AGARD FELLOWS
- Sierra Bulson, undergraduate student in the Frederik Meijer Honors College at GVSU, was selected as one of the 2016–2017 Agard Fellows. Bulson is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in political science with minors in international relations and criminal justice. Bulson provides assistance to The Grantmaking School and works on the Our State of Generosity Project.
- Sarah Cauzillo, undergraduate student at GVSU pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and International Relations. As a 2016–2017 Agard fellow, Sarah has combined her passions for community development, history, and writing to effectively assist the Our State of Generosity project.
- Maria McKee is in her sophomore year at Grand Valley and studies History and Writing. She has served as an Agard Fellow since May 2016 and has written a number of leader profiles that are currently posted on the Our State of Generosity website. While her work primarily focuses on written aspects of OSoG, she has also assisted with historical documents and day-to-day tasks.
2014–2015 AGARD FELLOWS
- Autumn Hubbard, graduate student in School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at GVSU, was selected as one of the 2014–2015 Agard Fellows. Hubbard is a Grand Rapids, Mich. native and received her Bachelor of Arts from Hillsdale College in 2012. Hubbard will work on the project, Our State of Generosity.
- Connor McLaughlin, undergraduate student at GVSU, was also selected as one of the 2014–2015 Agard Fellows. McLaughlin transferred to GVSU from Delta Community College for his Sophomore year, and is pursuing a degree in political science with double minors of philosophy and public relations and advertising. McLaughlin will work on the project, Our State of Generosity.
2012–2013 AGARD FELLOWS
- Jacob Scheller, graduate student in School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at GVSU, was selected as one of the 2012–2013 Agard Fellows. Scheller provided assistance for the Our State of Generosity project.
- Brooke Hotchkiss, undergraduate student in the School of Social Work at GVSU, was selected as one of the 2012–2013 Agard Fellows. Hotchkiss provided assistance for the Our State of Generosity project.
Dr. Joel J. Orosz Fellowship in Philanthropy
The Orosz Fellowship is designed to assist Grand Valley State University students — undergraduate or graduate in any major or program — interested in studying the field of philanthropy as it relates to their specific academic discipline and areas of focus.
This ongoing fellowship program honors Dr. Joel J. Orosz’s years of service, dedication, and contributions in the field of philanthropy, as program director at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and as distinguished professor of philanthropic studies at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy where he was founding director of The Grantmaking School.
2015–2017 OROSZ FELLOW
- Allison Ribick, undergraduate student at GVSU pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history and international relations, was selected as the 2015–2017 Orosz Fellow. Ribick provides assistance with video editing and overall management for the Our State of Generosity project.
2014–2015 OROSZ FELLOW
- Xinyi Ou, undergraduate student at GVSU, was selected as the 2014–2015 Orosz Fellow. Ou is pursuing a dual Bachelor of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Science in computer science with a minor in Arabic. She enjoyed being able to apply both of her fields of interest while she worked on the Our State of Generosity project.
2012–2013 OROSZ FELLOW
- Jennifer McGraw, graduate student in the School of Social Work at GVSU, was selected as the 2012–2013 Orosz Fellow. McGraw provided assistance for the Our State of Generosity project.
Dr. Russell G. Mawby Fellowship in Philanthropic Studies
The Mawby Fellowship provides the opportunity for one member of the Grand Valley State University teaching faculty to work with two undergraduate students on a research project addressing issues related to philanthropic studies. The Mawby Faculty Fellow will select two Undergraduate Fellows with whom she or he will work. The topic of the research will focus on the intersection between any field of academic study and/or the theory and/or practice of philanthropy.
This ongoing fellowship program honors Dr. Mawby’s lifelong devotion to nurturing, mentoring, and opening doors of opportunity for youth worldwide, as well as his quarter century of leadership in the world of philanthropy as the CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
2016–2017 MAWBY FELLOW
- Davia Downey, in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration, is working on a project titled, “Unnatural Disasters: Can Nonprofit Governance Promote Recovery in Flint?”
2013–2015 MAWBY FELLOW
- Michelle Miller-Adams, department of Political Science, worked on a project comparing the philanthropic cultures of the cities of Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan.
2012–2013 MAWBY FELLOW
- Heather Carpenter, assistant professor in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration, conducted a needs assessment to determine the most crucial needs of West Michigan area nonprofits. Alaina Clarke and Rachel Gregg were selected as Undergraduate Fellows. The 2013 Nonprofit Needs Assessment, A Profile of Michigan’s Most Urgent Professional Development Needs was released in June 2013.
2011–2012 MAWBY FELLOW
- Jennifer Pope, associate professor of marketing in the Seidman College of Business at GVSU, worked on a study to develop a marketing strategy specifically targeting nonprofit organizations. Kristin Moore and Lisa Copeland were selected as Undergraduate Fellows for this project.
2010–2011 MAWBY FELLOW
- Carol Sánchez, professor of management from GVSU’s Seidman College of Business completed the second Mawby Faculty Fellowship. Sánchez’s project, NGO/Business Partnerships: Meeting Needs of Customers at the Base of the Pyramid, explored the relationship of nongovernmental organizations (NGO’s) that serve the poorest of the poor in the world (the “base of the pyramid”) and two Grand Rapids businesses that are engaged in social innovation to assist this group of people. Undergraduate Fellows Tim DuBois and Stephanie Ly were selected by Dr. Sanchez for this project.
2008–2010 MAWBY FELLOW
- Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, completed the first Mawby Faculty Fellowship with a project deemed Philanthropy and the Presidency. His research examined the role philanthropy played in the administrations of Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy. Brian Flanagan, graduate student, and Mawby Undergraduate Fellows Heather Landis and Tara Feenstra were selected for this project. Whitney presented his Fellowship research during The American Presidency and Philanthropy Since the Civil War conference on September 16–17, 2010 on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus. The video below highlights Whitney’s discussion during the conference. You can watch all the videos from the conference here.