NWF Emerging Leader Fellowships

2013 Fellowship Class

Since 2000, National Wildlife Federation has awarded over 170 Fellowships to students across the country working on projects ranging from campus-wide energy audits to implementing sustainable forestry practices; reaching more than 2.5 million students, faculty, staff and community members at the fellowship campuses. 

NWF’s Fellows confront global warming on their campuses and in their communities to help to educate and engage the campus community on global warming impacts and solutions. Monetary fellowship grants are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students working with other members of the faculty, staff, or administration on projects designed to help reverse global warming on campus and beyond. In addition to a modest grant, Fellows also receive project support, leadership development, recognition of their accomplishments and other perks.       

New in 2013, the program has expanded to provide fellowship opportunities not only to current students, but also to post-graduate, young professionals (ages 21-35) interested in career development and leadership opportunities within the conservation movement.  The program is an extension of NWF’s successful Campus Ecology Fellows Program.  Throughout the fellowship term, selected applicants are provided leadership opportunities through NWF and our state affiliate organizations, seed funding for their entrepreneurial efforts, additional leadership and skills trainings, and a diverse support network of peers and mentors.   

Learn more about NWF's Emerging Leaders Initiative for post-grad, young professionals!

2014 Fellowships 

This year, the Emerging Leader Fellowship program will be a one-year intensive leadership development program for 20 select young professionals and college students interested in leadership opportunities, additional skill trainings, and support from a diverse network of peers and mentors. The focus of this year’s fellowship will be on leadership and professional development, providing in-depth development opportunities throughout the program in lieu of a monetary stipend. By focusing on intense leadership and professional development, skills learned can be used in a wide range of settings to advance career and educational objectives.

Perks and Privileges:
  • Professional development training and networking throughout fellowship term;
  • Possibility of academic credit for successful completion of the project, as an independent study or integration of fellowship project into course curricula
  • In-Person intensive leadership training in GA August 9 - 13th
  • Opportunities to represent NWF at conferences and events related to your fellowship
  • Support in identifying funds for your work or project
  • One-on-one coaching sessions with the training facilitator(s)
  • Strategic and administrative support for your project from NWF Staff

The application deadline for the 2014 class of Fellows has passed.

Congratulations to our 2013 Class of NWF Fellows!

View the Fellows' Full Profiles

Imran Battla
Emerging Leader Habitat Fellow
West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA)
Fellowship Project: Enhance the Urban Garden Resiliency Oasis (UGRO)

Austin Clarridge
Campus Ecology Appalachian Forests Fellow
Capital University, OH
Fellowship Project: Population Dynamics of Amphibians and Reptiles at Primmer Outdoor Learning Center in 
Hocking Hills Region of Ohio

John “Stephen” Fisher
Campus Ecology Appalachian Forests Fellow
James Madison University
Fellowship Project: The effects of sedimentation on the Predator-prey Relationship between Stoneflies
Brook Trout, and Sculpin: An opportunity for Outreach and Environmental Education

Heidi Goetsch
Campus Ecology Habitat Fellow
North Central College, IL
Fellowship Project: Native Landscaping Project and Campus Guide

Shaza Hussein
Campus Ecology Habitat Fellow
University of South Florida
Fellowship Project: Divestment: Socially Responsible Investing at the University of South Florida

Brandon Knight
Emerging Leader New Energy Solutions Fellow
Fellowship Project: Soulardarity – Solar Street Lights for Highland Park, Michigan

Ludovic Lemaitre
Emerging Leader Habitat Fellow
Randolph College
Fellowship Project: Establishment of Edible Perennial Nursery for the Lynchburg Community

Rubyana Lyon
Emerging Leader Habitat Fellow
National Wildlife Federation
Fellowship Project: Greening Urban Culture for Wildlife in D.C.

Stephanie Mata
Campus Ecology Habitat Fellow
Texas Southern University 
Fellowship Project: Protecting Wildlife by Maintaining Canopy within the Urban Environment at the Texas Southern University Campus

Sarah Minkin 
Campus Ecology Graduate Habitat Fellow
Ohio University
Fellowship Project: Campus Wildlife Project: Enhancing Biodiversity and Environmental Education at Ohio University and in Athens Ohio

Julie Perreau
Campus Ecology Habitat Fellow
University of Florida
Fellowship Project: Effects of Nest Box Preference & Temperature on Breeding Success of Eastern Bluebirds

Omar Peters
Emerging Leader Habitat Fellow
Jack Yates High School
Fellowship Project: Jack Yates Urban Garden Restoration Project

Niraj Ray
Emerging Leader Habitat Fellow
J.O. Wilson Elementary School
Fellowship Project: J.O. Wilson Elementary School Kitchen Garden

Evan Reimondo
Emerging Leader Stopping Expansion of Dirty Energy Fellow
Fellowship Project: Portraits of the Real Wyoming: Website Profiling Wyoming Sportsmen, Ranchers and Outdoor Recreationists and the affect that oil and gas development has on their lives

Christina Rinas 
Campus Ecology Graduate Habitat Fellow
Alaska Pacific University 
Fellowship Project: Alpine Vegetation Change on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

Shantae Robinson
Emerging Leader Habitat Fellow
Trees Atlanta
Fellowship Project: Peach Preserves: Restoring Atlanta to its Natural State

Michael Roles

Rhode Island Wildlife Federation
Emerging Leader New Energy Solutions Fellow
Fellowship Project: Mind the (Energy) Gap

Timothy Seehan
Campus Ecology New Energy Solutions Fellow
University of Minnesota, Morris
Fellowship Project: Advancing Minnesota’s Clean Energy Future – Raising the RES 

Jacob Spaulding
Campus Ecology New Energy Solutions Fellow
University of Georgia
Fellowship Project: Implementing Design Standards and Mitigating the University of Georgia’s Carbon Footprint

Kathryn Thomson
Campus Ecology Stopping the Expansion of Dirty Energy Fellow
University of New Hampshire
Fellowship Project: Environmental, Social and Economic Consequences of a Tar Sands Pipeline in New England

Jessica May Vickers
Campus Ecology New Energy Solutions Fellow
Bryant University
Fellowship Project: No Light Left Behind: Installation of Photovoltaics on Bryant University Campus Lamp Posts

Meet Past Campus Ecology Fellows 

Since 2000, NWF has awarded over 150 fellowships to students across the country working on projects ranging from campus-wide energy audits to implementing sustainable forestry practices. Check out our searchable Campus Map to learn about current and past Fellows! 

2000 -2013 Fellowship Summary

This program is partially funded through the generous support of the Kendeda Sustainability Fund of the Tides Foundation, Kendeda Fund, Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Town Creek Foundation.

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