By Kim Hendler
Executive Director, Princeton Project 55
May 18, 2007
PIP alumna, Vanessa Jackson ’04, and Theresa Newhard, the former Public Interest Program Manager, were recently selected as two of twenty New York University Graduate Reynolds Fellows in Social Entrepreneurship.
Jackson and Newhard will receive a $25,000 scholarship annually, in addition to specialized coursework and seminars throughout the year.
“The Catherine B. Reynolds Fellowship is a wonderful program, and I feel very honored to have received this award…I feel indebted to the experience I have had at PP55 and am excited to know that I will be able to pursue the work of incubating young civic leaders in school and beyond,” Newhard stated.
Both women were selected from 350 applicants from all of NYU’s graduate schools.
As a part of the application process, applicants had to submit and present on a proposal for civic change.
The proposal Newhard submitted and spoke to during the selection process was around the idea of developing a civic leadership academic curriculum at domestic and international universities, which she reports was, “based in large part off of what I have experienced working at PP55.”
“I intend to focus my studies/Fellowship on developing a civic leadership academic curriculum domestically and abroad,” Newhard said.
“This concept is, in large part, a result of my experience at PP55 and learning about the successes and efforts of its various programs. I owe that inspiration to everyone at the organization.”
Princeton Project 55 congratulates Newhard and Jackson!