Brown University's recipients of its second annual Embark Fellowship have been chosen by the university’s Swearer Center for Public Service.
Caroline Stevens, a graduate student in the public humanities program; Bella Okiddy, a graduate student in the biomedical engineering program; and Richard Park, a senior in the biomedical engineering program, have been selected for the fellowships.
Created in 2015 by the Social Innovation Initiative at Brown’s Swearer Center for Public Service, the Embark Fellowship supports graduating students in their efforts to launch business ventures that are designed to potentially have a strong social impact. The fellowship is designed to help the students’ ventures gain solid footing and to encourage the support of the new graduates in the field by the Brown alumni community. The fellowship provides direct financial support, while also giving the students the opportunity for structured fundraising, professional services network access and direct contact with innovators among the alumni community.
The recipients of the fellowship each began a crowdfunding campaign at the beginning of April in an effort to raise $40,000 from the Brown community that will run through May. If they reach their goals, the Embark Fellowship will match the totals received with grants.