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Newman's Own Foundation Fellowship Program

Newman’s Own Foundation places considerable emphasis on mentoring and training emerging young leaders by providing opportunities in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
In 2015, the first formal class of Newman’s Own Foundation Fellows was created. This program gives young people valuable, real-world experience, which provides insight into the historically significant role of the philanthropic sector in society and helps them learn about opportunities that they may not otherwise discover.
Following its first two successful years, the Fellowship Program has expanded to 17 Fellows in 2017-2018. The Fellows are selected based on demonstrated leadership skills, as well as commitment to social issues and community development. Throughout the year they attend workshops and programs to help them further develop a sense of civic responsibility, cultivate a deeper understanding of philanthropy, learn new skills, and help connect their values and passions to career choices.
In addition to the Fellowship program, Newman's Own Foundation provides grants to organizations such as Echoing Green, Net Impact, Campus Compact, and Social Enterprise Greenhouse, helping to empower young adults who are brimming with energy to change the world.
Read more about the program and Fellows.


2017 Graduating Class

  • Ariel Bernstein of Los Angeles, CA, received her B.A. in Latin American Studies and International Development at Tulane University. She was a Fellow at National Farm to School Network in Washington, DC. 
  • Amethyst Carey of Ewing, NJ, received a B.A. in Sociology at Oberlin College. She was a Fellow at Daily Table in Woburn, MA. 
  • Elisa Bottio of Milan, Italy, received a Degree in Management with specialization in Social Business from Bocconi University. She was a Fellow at Dynamo Academy in Italy.
  • Eugenie Elie of Miami, FL, received a B.A. in Anthropology at Mt. Holyoke College. She was a Fellow at The Food Trust in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Bettina Gonzalez of Woodbridge, VA, received her B.S. in Psychology and Film Studies at Trinity College. She was a Fellow at Aspen Institute Center for Native American Youth in Washington, DC.
  • Davante Jennings of Alexandria, VA, received his B.A. in Politics at Sewanee: The University of the South. He was a Fellow at The Posse Foundation in New York, NY.
  • Cheyenne Mendes of Brockton, MA, received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Bucknell University. She was a Fellow at Newman’s Own Foundation in Westport, CT.
  • Alleyah Miner of Fort Washington, MD, received her B.A. in Biology at Lafayette College. She was a Fellow at National Alliance for Hispanic Health in Washington, DC. 
  • Njideka Ofoleta of Miami, FL, received her B.A. in Communications and Hispanic Studies from Hamilton College. She was a Fellow at The Discovery Center in Hartford, CT.
  • Abbisola Oxley of Brooklyn, NY received her B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Africana Studies from DePauw University.  She was a Fellow at reSET - Advancing The Social Enterprise Sector in Hartford, CT.
  • Dale Russell of Bowie, MD, received his B.A. in Film and Media Studies from Lafayette College. He was a Fellow at Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network in Hartford, CT.
  • Lea Trusty of Saint Rose, LA, received her A.B. in Politics from Princeton University. She was a Fellow at WSHU in Fairfield, CT.
  • Sarah Luft of Westbrook, CT, received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut. She was a Fellow at SeriousFun Children’s Network in Westport, CT.