The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has selected two college graduates to receive Jessie Ball duPont Fund Fellowships, providing a two-year period of work and study in philanthropy and charitable work in the American South.
The fellowships were awarded to:
- Jordan Kinser, a senior majoring in History and Sociology at Milligan College in northeastern Tennessee.
- Maria Wrabel, a 2012 graduate of Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, currently volunteering in Vietnam through Volunteers in Asia.
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund Fellowship program is designed to provide practical experience for students interested in careers in the independent sector, either with nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations or philanthropic organizations.
The fellows work as members of the Fund staff with exposure to foundation governance, grantmaking, governmental oversight and industry events. They also participate in a nonprofit certificate course at a university.
Fellows are selected from a field of applicants nominated by the academic deans and presidents of the colleges and universities that are eligible for support from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.
Kinser, who will graduate from Miligan College in May, has a deep interest in issues of poverty. While at Milligan, he has volunteered with Coalition for Kids, a Johnson City, Tennessee organization that provides meals and after-school programs for low-income children, and with the VA Medical Center Community Living Center, providing recreational therapy and family support for elders, and collecting their personal histories for an oral history project.
Wrabel, who graduated from Stetson in May 2012, has a deep interest in food access and food security. While at Stetson, she served as volunteer project coordinator with The Neighborhood Center in DeLand and as a marketing intern for Feeding Children Everywhere. Since fall 2012, she has been based in Vietnam, teaching English and working in rural development through Can Tho University, and volunteering for Heifer International.
Kinser and Wrabel comprise the fourth class of fellows at the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. Their predecessors have gone on to work with the Peace Corps, the nonprofit sector and attend graduate school.