This program is offered to Teach For America (TFA) Alumni who have completed their two-year teaching commitment. This opportunity allows TFA Alumni to further their education at Delta State, while also participating in impactful social innovation that can lead to creating the future they envision for themselves and their community. Each cohort of social entrepreneurs consist of 10-12 Teach For America Alumni who pursue their own individualized project addressing barriers in the community; the cohort regularly convenes to share experiences in a collaborative environment. By participating in this program, TFA Alumni apply their passion towards goals to help reimagine what is possible for Mississippi.
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.
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.