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Capella University Fellows Program

Giving back, changing lives in the community.

Capella University seeks to provide the most direct path between learning and employment. But we don’t want to stop there: we believe in giving back by changing lives where we work and live.

The Capella University Fellows Program is our investment in helping to build the talent and leadership skills required to mitigate social and economic inequities in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. Employees from select Fellow corporate partners and community organizations are chosen to participate in the program annually.

Capella University Fellows will receive:

  • A full-tuition scholarship for a Capella master’s program.
  • A leadership assessment and personalized expert coaching.
  • An invitation to networking events with Capella leadership, community leaders, and other Capella University Fellows Program members.
  • Special recognition and invitations to exclusive Capella University events.

Fellows program scholarship

The application period for the 2020 Capella University Fellows Program Scholarship is now closed. Recipients of the full-tuition scholarship will be notified by Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Applicants who did not receive the scholarship will be notified by mid-November 2019.

2019 Fellows recipients

Ayan Abdinur, MBA Program

Program Assistant & Regional Manager Southern Minnesota (Housing & Financial Education) at African Economic Development Solutions, Minneapolis, MN

Ayan’s goal is to help Minnesotans of African descent and African immigrant youth gain access to and knowledge around financial literacy.

Maria Ayala Ramirez, MBA Program

Chemical Health Counselor/Psychotherapist at Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio CLUES, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Maria is interested in developing a research project in collaboration with the University of Minnesota and the Behavioral Health Department at CLUES to address therapeutic interventions within a cultural framework for the Hispanic community in the Twin Cities.

Kendall Benson, MSW Program

Housing Outreach Representative at Catholic Charities, Minneapolis, MN

Kendall’s goal is to lead a team of mental health professionals who have the desire to create change and advocate for clients by helping others obtain and maintain housing.

Jennifer Christianson, MS in Education Program

Training and Quality Manager at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Jennifer’s goal is to help her team build the organization’s training program into a model of quality and productivity, leading to better lives for employees and the people the organization supports.

Rebecca Lopez, MS in Human Services Program

Program Manager at Aviva, Minneapolis, MN

Rebecca aims to impact wage disparities within her community by designing and implementing large-scale innovative youth employment programming.

Ben Phillip, MS in Higher Ed Program

IT Project Manager at Summit Academy OIC, Minneapolis, MN

Ben’s goal is to help historically marginalized groups become successful in the IT industry by utilizing adult learning practices to encourage the proactive expression of needs without fear of systemic, institutional, or individual retaliation.

Nou Vang, MSW Program

Career & College Center Coordinator at AchieveMpls, Minneapolis, MN

Nou’s goal is to raise awareness and address mental health issues in marginalized communities.

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