Developing leaders who embrace our core values
The purpose of the Mary Yankelovich Endowed Fellowship Program is to develop current and future leaders dedicated to the transformation of society based on the Franciscan ideals of peace, justice, reconciliation and service.
Mary Yankelovich Fellows, integrating theory and practice, will develop and model the core values of St. Bonaventure University — discovery, community and respect for the dignity of all persons — and be prepared to undertake a life of humane service.
Mary Yankelovich Fellows will participate in a two-year leadership development program under the mentorship of a St. Bonaventure University faculty or staff member. This leadership development program of courses will be designed to:
- reinforce an appreciation of the University’s core values
- foster an understanding of the opportunities for social transformation in light of the goals, values and styles of Franciscan leadership
- develop training and skills in Franciscan leadership
- and develop confidence and courage in one’s capacity to be an agent of change while at the University and in the future.
On the basis of their junior year training and their own interests, senior year Fellows will be responsible for the design and execution of a service project — mentored by an individual authorized by the Mary Yankelovich Fellowship Committee — thereby modeling the qualities of Franciscan leadership for the junior Fellow and for the campus community generally.
Fellows receive $1,000 stipends each semester of their senior year. In addition, senior Fellows are given a $1,000 service project budget as well as the assistance of a junior year Fellow. Upon completion of the program, Fellows will receive a framed citation as well as permanent recognition on a plaque prominently displayed at the University. Mentors of the Fellows receive $250 endowment-funded stipends each semester of the Fellow's senior year.
Co-chairs of the Yankelovich Endowed Fellowship Committee