2006 Reynolds Graduate Selection Event
REYNOLDS PROGRAM HOSTS SPRING GALA FOR THE REYNOLDS FELLOWSHIP FINALISTS
Catherine B. Reynolds
This spring marked the launch at NYU of the Catherine B. Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship. The cross-university program, which provides graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships, is administered by Wagner and the Office of the Provost. It is dedicated to fostering pattern-breaking and sustainable work of public importance in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
NYU President John Sexton
At a gala dinner April 7 at the Puck Building, 85 finalists for the prestigious graduate fellowships - along with an impressive array of 63 competition judges from within and outside the university - heard words of inspiration from Catherine B. Reynolds, Martha Stewart, NYU President John Sexton, and Dean Ellen Schall.
The keynote address was delivered by Wendy Kopp, the founder and president of Teach For America, who told listeners that ďas long as you know that you are doing work that fundamentally matters, you will be driven to overcome skepticism and make your work succeed. "I think you are uniquely qualified to make a difference in the face of entrenched social issues," she said.
There were initially 600 applicants for the graduate fellowships. Ultimately, 17 graduate fellows were selected. Each Reynolds Fellow will receive up to $25,000 for each of two years of full-time study at an NYU graduate school starting in the fall of 2006.
Dean Ellen Schall
The fellows all have a strong interest and track record in social entrepreneurship, a demonstrated ability to think globally, and a drive to create and implement innovative solutions to large-scale, seemingly insurmountable problems. They will participate in dedicated curricular and co-curricular activities in social entrepreneurship.
Additionally, from among 113 applicants for the undergraduate Reynolds Scholarship in Social Entrepreneurship, nine juniors and seniors were designated as recipients in early May. The scholarship provides up to $20,000 for each of two years of study and includes dedicated programming, a required class, a speaker series, and a paid summer internship.
Wagner was pleased and honored to be chosen as the NYU school to run the university-wide Reynolds program, which was made possible by a pioneering, $10 million gift to the university from the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation.