The in Saint Paul, Minnesota, has announced the twenty-four recipients of this year's .
Established in 1965, the Bush Fellows program supports the development of social sector leaders in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geography. Bush Fellows receive up to $100,000 over twelve to twenty-four months in support of a leadership development plan tailored to their needs and ambitions. Fellows can use the funds to advance their education, take advantage of networking opportunities, and/or access leadership resources, workshops, and trainings.
Selected from seven hundred and fifty-one applicants, this year's fellows include Asad Aliweyd, who plans to complete a doctorate in public administration and work with community developers, financial institutions, policy makers, and academic and religious leaders to create a culturally responsive financing infrastructure that addresses barriers to wealth building for Muslim Americans in Minnesota and beyond; Yende Anderson, who is pursuing a master's degree in healthcare administration and will conduct research designed to highlight and create alternative pathways for highly skilled immigrants to work as physicians in the U.S.; Erik Bringswhite, who will earn his master's degree in social work and use it to develop cultural resources for raising healthy Native children and foster connections between Native and non-Native leaders; and Amanda LaGrange, who plans to study successful for-profit and nonprofit social enterprises around the country and seek business mentors in order to scale her nonprofit , which provides job training for the formerly incarcerated.
"The 2018 Bush Fellows are exceptional leaders who have made the most of the opportunities in their lives," said Bush Foundation leadership programs director Anita Patel. "We believe the well-being of our region is directly impacted by investing in individuals who will shape the future. We are betting on the potential of these twenty-four fellows to make a significant impact in their communities."
For a complete list of the this year's , see the Bush Foundation website.