TFA Graduate Fellows Program
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Program Components

This program is open to Teach For America (TFA) Alumni who have completed their two-year teaching commitment, or will complete their teaching commitment by May 2017. This opportunity includes furthering your education at Delta State, while also participating in impactful social innovation that can lead to creating the future you envision for yourself and your community. The second cohort of social entrepreneurs will consist of 10 Teach For America Alumni who will pursue their own individualized project addressing barriers in the community; the cohort will regularly convene to share experiences in a collaborative environment. By participating in this program, you will be able to apply your passion towards goals to help reimagine what is possible for Mississippi.

 

Program Components

This program is open to Teach For America (TFA) Alumni who have completed their two-year teaching commitment, or will complete their teaching commitment by May 2017. This opportunity includes furthering your education at Delta State, while also participating in impactful social innovation that can lead to creating the future you envision for yourself and your community. The second cohort of social entrepreneurs will consist of 10 Teach For America Alumni who will pursue their own individualized project addressing barriers in the community; the cohort will regularly convene to share experiences in a collaborative environment. By participating in this program, you will be able to apply your passion towards goals to help reimagine what is possible for Mississippi.

 

 

 
 

 

Immersion Retreat

This long weekend will be filled with exciting workshops, activities and opportunities to connect with our cohort of like-minded individuals. The cohort will refine their leadership skills while also being introduced to entrepreneurial perspectives when tackling social problems. Fellows will be provided tangible tools to use by providing a framework and space to plan out the implementation and design of their projects. 

August 3 - 6, 2017
Location: Bolivar County

Graduate School Scholarship

TFA Fellows receive a Full-tuition Graduate School Scholarship to Delta State University for up to two years, 4 semesters (Fall/Spring), of full-time enrollment. Graduate full-time enrollment is 9 - 13 hours per semester. TFA Graduate Fellows are invited to pursue a Master's, Specialist or Doctorate degree during this program, with the understanding that you would likely need to cover the difference in tuition cost of a Doctorate degree due to the longer program.

Social Entrepreneurship Project

Through the Social Entrepreneurship Project, each Fellow will address the obstacles that are holding Mississippi back from progressing forward and confront the issue in a ground-breaking approach, fostering impactful social innovation that can lead to creating the future they envision for Mississippi, their community, and themselves. During the Fall/Spring, Fellows will work 20 hours per week on an individualized Social Entrepreneurship Project.

  • A fellowship support stipend ($5000 per regular semester) will be provided to participants who engage in their projects and pursue their graduate degrees while/if employed outside of the program for fewer than 30 hours per week.

  • Applicants who choose to continue full-time employment (40 hours per week) are eligible for the graduate tuition scholarship in exchange for the Social Entrepreneurship project, but do not qualify for the support stipend.

 

The project is funded through a grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation.  The principal goal of the Foundation is to contribute to the overall economic advancement of the State of Mississippi by making funds available to four-year colleges and universities and graduate professional schools located in the State.