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Education Achievement Fellowship

Saturday, April 7, 2018
Deadline Month: 

Through the Education Achievement Fellowship, students engage in a summer practicum as part of a cohort in Boulder, Colorado. A group of up to five students are placed with education-focused nonprofit organizations, foundations, or government agencies committed to working collaboratively in their community to implement innovative approaches to closing the education achievement gap. The cohort is directed by The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, and receives an in-depth orientation as well as regular gatherings throughout the summer.

Students can participate in a collective impact initiative aimed at closing the achievement gap, and work both at the policy and direct service level. Fluency in Spanish is helpful, as most of the direct service work will be with the Mexican immigrant population.

Participating host organizations:

ELPASO (Engaged Latino Parents Advancing Student Outcomes)  works at the grassroots level with Latino parents to close the achievement gap . While Boulder County is one of the most educated counties in the country, it also has the widest education achievement gap in the state, between low-income students (mainly Latino) and their higher-income peers. ELPASO seeks to close this gap by working with Latino parents of young children, to give them the tools and resources to be their child’s first teacher, and to empower them as leaders to have a voice in their children’s education. Fellows might be working with monolingual Spanish-speaking parents to provide follow-up and support, as well as helping to develop and implement this innovative, nationally recognized program. Fellows should be willing to work at a grassroots level, going door to door in low-income neighborhoods. Spanish proficiency is extremely helpful.

I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County is one of the most active "I Have a Dream" chapters in the country, with 10 active classes serving 600 youth and their families. "I Have a Dream" provides low-income children with tutoring, mentoring and life skills from 1st grade through college, to support them in graduating from high school and pursuing post-secondary education. Most “Dreamer Scholars” are the first generation in their family to attend college. Fellows might engage in summer school programming and college advising for Dreamer Scholars ages 8-22, working alongside "I Have a Dream"’s cadre of AmeriCorps interns, as well as researching and presenting a capstone project of their design at the end of the fellowship.

Boulder Housing Partners is one of only thirty-nine housing authorities in the country to be designated by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a Moving to Work (MTW) agency, with the flexibility to design and test innovative housing strategies to assist low income families. BHP’s Bringing School Home Program is designed to close the achievement and opportunity gaps for children, so they will not need subsidized housing as adults. Fellows might have the opportunity to work with BHP’s resident services staff, neighborhood leaders, and community partners on programming to support both children and parents, as well as engage in policy research on education and housing.

Dream Big is an early-stage collective impact initiative with a goal to close the achievement gap in Boulder County in one generation. Partners include: I Have a Dream, Boulder Housing Partners, ELPASO, Boulder Valley School District and the City and County of Boulder. In addition to serving directly with one of the partner organizations, fellows could be involved in the planning and policy work of this collective cradle-to-career initiative.

Upon selection, a suitable academic mentor is paired with the fellows in order to help them highlight options that assist with preparation for and follow up on the summer learning experience.

Each Education Achievement Fellow receives a base stipend of $5,000 to support travel and living expenses during the summer. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.

The Haas Center for Public Service launched the Education Achievement Fellowship in Summer 2016 as part of the Cardinal Service initiative. Funding has been generously provided by Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.


The Education Achievement Fellows are required to work at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows are expected to work on-site with their host organization, and have a designated full-time professional staff member on-site as their supervisor/mentor. Please review the entire FAQs section for program policies. Other commitments include the following:

Spring Quarter

  • Attend a program orientation in April.
  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 
  • Enroll / participate in EDUC 102: Examining Social Structures, Power, and Educational Access to prepare for summer fellowship (not required but strongly recommended).
  • Design a personal learning plan for the summer and meet with Haas Center staff to review.


  • Share learning plan with site supervisor and update accordingly.
  • Submit a brief mid-summer report.
  • Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.

Autumn Quarter

  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 
  • Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer experiences.
  • Participate in outreach activity in conjunction with the Haas Center to share the experience and help publicize the program.

Fellowships will be awarded to currently enrolled undergraduate students from any academic discipline.  Priority will be given to students who have completed less than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Graduating seniors may apply with the understanding that preference may be given to competitive continuing undergraduate applicants. Applicants vary in academic interests, community service involvement, and experience.

Selection Process: 

For those who seek assistance, advising is available to help students develop their applications and/or to identify potential partner organizations.

This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate

  • an integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals
  • prior demonstrated interest or involvement in the subject area, including related coursework
  • a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and an organization’s work and needs
  • strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge

Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break. Committee decisions are final.

Application : 

The application for summer 2018 is available here.

The recommendation link is here: can include Stanford faculty, staff, graduate teaching assistants, residence fellows, appointed lecturers, former employers, teachers etc. Fellow undergraduate students should not serve as recommenders.

Haas Center for Public Service
External or Stanford Fellowship: 
Administered by Stanford
Open to: 
Graduating students

For more information, please contact Jon McConnell at the Haas Center for Public Service.