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Meet the 2013 Minerva Fellows


Nine Union College seniors were recently chosen to represent the College's next Minerva Fellows program.

They will travel the globe to work in developing countries while paired up with a social entrepreneurial organization. The students will work for 11 months and return to the College and live in a Minerva house for one month, where they will participate in a social entrepreneurial course and educate current students about their experiences abroad. 

This year's group of fellows are:

Rogan Quinn Rogan Quinn
Engeye
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Jacqui Smith

Jacqui Smith
Yanapuma
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Andrew Vinales

Andrew Vinales
Yanapuma
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Meredith Adamo

Meredith Adamo
Save the Children
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Eric Spector

Eric Spector
Bagru Textiles
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Ben Weiner

Ben Weiner
Engeye
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Winnie Wakaba

Winnie Wakaba
Hillcrest AIDS
Centre Trust
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Becca Duffy Becca Duffy
The Global Child
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Ariel Blum

Ariel Blum 
The Global Child
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The Minerva Fellows Program is an innovative, entrepreneurial global service program that illustrates Union's commitment to helping its students seek wisdom far beyond campus. The program is like Union's own version of the Peace Corps, offering new graduates a chance to travel abroad on a fellowship for their first year out of college and perform meaningful service opportunities for those in need throughout the world. The Minerva Fellows have a life-changing experience that also makes a real impact in their host communities.

Each winter, a selection committee chooses several graduating seniors, based on the best student applications, to receive a scholarship to devote eleven months of their lives working with a social entrepreneurial organization in a developing country. Upon their return to the U.S., the Fellows come back to Union and live in their former Minerva house for one month. During that month, they participate in a social entrepreneurship course and educate current Union College students about their experiences.

Some of our in-country partners for the Minerva Fellows program include: