Past Fellowships in Philanthropic Studies

Dr. Kathy A. Agard and Dr. Joel Orosz Fellowships in Philanthropic Studies

The Agard and Orosz Fellowships provide the opportunity for GVSU students — in any program/degree area — to explore their interest in philanthropy. Fellows have an opportunity to develop their own research project as well as contribute to ongoing research at the Johnson Center.

These ongoing fellowship programs honor two previous leaders of the Johnson Center. Dr. Kathy A. Agard made a significant impact on the field of community philanthropy, including providing 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. Learn more.

Dr. Joel J. Orosz’s contributions to the field of philanthropy included serving as program director at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and as distinguished professor of philanthropic studies at Grand Valley State University. During his time with the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Dr. Orosz was the founding director of The Grantmaking School. Learn more.

2017–2019 AGARD-OROSZ FELLOW
Kristina Pepelko, graduate student, School of Nonprofit, Public and Health Administration

2016–2017 AGARD FELLOWS
Sierra Bulson, Frederik Meijer Honors College
Sarah Cauzillo, Writing and International Relations
Maria McKee, History and Writing

2014–2015 AGARD FELLOWS
Autumn Hubbard, graduate student, School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration
Connor McLaughlin, Political Science

2012–2013 AGARD FELLOWS
Jacob Scheller, graduate student, School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration
Brooke Hotchkiss, School of Social Work

2015–2017 OROSZ FELLOW
Allison Ribick, History and International Relations

2014-2015 OROSZ FELLOW
Xinyi Ou, History and Computer Science

2012–2013 OROSZ FELLOW
Jennifer McGraw, graduate student, School of Social Work


Russell G. Mawby Faculty Fellowship in Philanthropic Studies

The Russell G. Mawby Fellowship provides the opportunity for one member of the GVSU faculty to work with two undergraduate students on a research project addressing issues related to philanthropic studies.

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 commitment to supporting research on philanthropy and his quarter century of leadership in the sector as the CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Learn more.

2016–2018 MAWBY FELLOW
Davia Downey, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Program Director for GVSU’s Master of Public Administration, worked on a project titled, “Unnatural Disasters: Can Nonprofit Governance Promote Recovery in Flint?” along with a co-researcher, Dr. Sarah Reckhow, of Michigan State University. Jamie Brda and Madison Barnes ’19 served as the student fellows on this project, as well as Michigan State University Graduate Assistant Dom Korzecke.

2013–2015 MAWBY FELLOW
Michelle Miller-Adams, professor in the department of Political Science, researched 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, studied how 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, produced a report titled NGO/Business Partnerships: Meeting Needs of Customers at the Base of the Pyramid. This study explored the relationships between nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that serve people living in extreme poverty worldwide (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 for this project.

2008–2010 MAWBY FELLOW
Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, completed the inaugural Mawby Faculty Fellowship with a project titled, Philanthropy and the Presidency. His research examined the role of philanthropy 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 conference on September 16–17, 2010 on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus. A video of Dr. Whitney’s presentation at the conference is available here.