Compton Mentor Fellowships

Creating Strong Applications

The Compton Foundation supports community, national and international concerns in the fields of Peace and Security, Population and the Environment. The Foundation also prioritizes work that ensures equal educational opportunities, improves community welfare, promotes sustainability, encourages social justice, fosters conflict resolution-negotiation, improves reproductive health, and promotes artistic and cultural endeavor.

The Compton Mentor Fellowship was created in 2002 to promote and support the creativity and commitment of graduating seniors as they move beyond academic preparation to focus on continuing real world application and contribution. The pragmatic, self-directed nature of the Fellowship experience is meant to deepen and enrich knowledge, and guide Fellows to apply new understanding of themselves and the world in original ways. The Fellowship Selection Committee seeks self-starting and motivated candidates who have created personally meaningful projects that will have significant social merit.

Application Tips

• The most appealing projects address needs in a unique, innovative, or high-impact way. This includes connecting with existing efforts as well as creating new programs.

• Choose project ideas in areas in which you have some background or experience, either in the theoretical or practical world, this could be done by extending a school-based thesis into a real world application, seeing a need and thinking of a creative way to address the need, or your taking your ongoing involvement in a community service organization to a new level of leadership.

• Create a project whose short-term objectives can be achieved in a realistic time frame. Since true community work is often time-consuming, have manageable expectations for your project.

• Sincerity and enthusiasm goes a long way, but depth of organization goes even further.

• Write as clear a project description as possible without using jargon. Always be able to clearly explain the need and the eventual impact of the project.

• Be able to demonstrate that the ties to the mentor and the community organization are well thought out and well established. Use your academic and social networks to locate potential mentors who will take a sincere and dedicated interest in your project and professional development.

• Make sure all budget items are accounted for in the project description essay.

• Double check the application to make sure that it is typo and error free-this includes grammatical mistakes!

• Encourage the authors of recommendation letters to give substantial (“pithy”) examples of your character and skills. You will need at least two letters of recommendation in your application packet submitted to the Morehouse College Compton Nomination Committee.

• In the interview, be sincere and articulate but not slick or too polished.

• Community based organization organizations should benefit from the project's work (no in-and-out)

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