America Needs You Fellowship (March 1, 2016)


Eligibility-We invite all applicants who meet the following criteria to apply to be a Fellow:

  • Neither of my parents/guardians have a bachelor’s degree (from any country)
  • I am a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or eligible for full-time work in the U.S. by July 2016
  • I am a freshman attending 4-year or community college
    • If applying in New York you must attend a CUNY school
    • If attending community college, you must intend to transfer to a 4-year school (ANY provides transfer support)
    • ANY defines “freshman” as having earned no more than 30 credits by 3/1/2016 if on a semester schedule and no more than 45 credits by 3/1/2016 if on a quarterly schedule
  • I am in the process of obtaining my first associate’s or bachelor’s degree
  • I am available to attend regular Saturday workshops (workshops occur bi-weekly in Year 1 starting in July 2016; monthly in Year 2)
  • I am considered low-income by HUD standards. Click herefor NY guidelines, click here for NJ guidelines and clickhere for IL guidelines  (view the “FY 2015 Low-Income (80%) Limit (LIL)” table in the bottom row)


Selection Criteria

  • Performance: Applicants must have a strong academic record, reflecting a commitment to hard work and excellence. We require Fellows to maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their time in the program. The average GPA of the 2014 Fellows Class was 3.6.
  • Leadership: Applicants must demonstrate leadership and a commitment to communities in need through work experience, campus organizations, athletics or other extracurricular activities.
  • Ambition: Applicants must possess a passion for reaching their potential, and must have a vision for how the Fellows Program can help them achieve their professional goals. The Fellows Program is open to students from all disciplines and interests.

Program Admissions Timeline

  • September – Application Opens
  • March 1, 2016 – Application and Recommendations Due
  • April – Finalists Notified and Interview Day
  • May – Class Selected

Application Details

Essays: Three essay questions must be completed before submitting the application. We consider the responses to the following questions important in the selection process. For each of the essay questions below, you must draft a response in 1500 characters or less (approximately 250 words).

  • What are your professional goals and how can the Fellows Program help you achieve those goals? Also, describe why you believe you are a good candidate for the Fellows Program.
  • Describe a significant obstacle that you have faced and how you overcame it or describe an experience that has significantly impacted your life.
  • Describe a problem associated with your community (or another community that interests you) and the steps that you have taken (or would like to take) to address that problem.
  • OPTIONAL ESSAY: If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Fellows Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., inconsistent or questionable academic performance, weakness in your application).

Resume: Applicants must submit a one-page resume. A resume should generally contain the following:

  • Contact Information – Full name, address, phone number and e-mail
  • Education – college and high school (optional), start and end dates
  • Work experience – companies at which you have worked or volunteered, start and end dates, and a description of your responsibilities
  • Activities – description of any extracurricular activities you are involved in
  • Awards and honors – list of any awards or honors you have earned or received

Transcript: Applicants must upload transcripts for their high school and for each college or university they have attended. Only unofficial transcripts are required for their application to be reviewed and should be uploaded. If you are selected for the Fellows Program, you will be required to submit official transcripts.

Letter(s) of Recommendation: Applicants must submit the name and email of one person to submit a letter of recommendation via the online application. The Letter of Recommendation must be submitted online. Applicants should give their recommender ample time to complete the form and submit the recommendation. Submitting recommendations from friends or relatives is discouraged.

Permanent Resident or Work Authorization Status (if applicable): If applicable, applicants also upload a copy of their green card or employment authorization card, which authorizes them to live and work in the United States.

If you have any questions about the online application or admissions process, please contact:

Illinois: or (872)-202-0504

New Jersey: or (201) 332-2155

New York: or (646) 651-1863


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