Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship
Through the generosity of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, NYU Washington, DC is able to provide a minimum of two students each semester with a $2,000 stipend. This merit-based award considers student achievement as well as financial hardship. Students will be evaluated based on short answer responses, academic standing, and their internship and volunteer experiences. Finalists will be invited to be interviewed by a designee of Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation. Once selected, in addition to funding, students will have special mentor opportunities and may be presented with unique experiences, attending special programs and high-profile events in Washington, DC.
The mission of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation is to help educate young people, to inspire them to believe in their power to make a difference as individuals, and to motivate them to reach their greatest potential as citizens and productive members of society. The foundation strives to make a difference in its creative approach to philanthropy. In addition to offering grants and awards, it believes in direct action and creating powerful incentives that will stir young people to strive for excellence.
*PLEASE NOTE: Final approval of this Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship award is contingent upon your ability to be engaged in the internship in accordance with applicable law. However, NYU's award under this program should not be considered legal or tax advice to you or an opinion on behalf of NYU.
Spring 2020 Fellows
Spring 2020: Yujie (Tracey) Lan '22
Yujie (Tracey) Lan is a sophomore studying Global China Studies and Social Sciences at NYU Shanghai. This semester she is in Global Leadership Program in Washington DC. During her semester in DC, she interns in both American Councils for International Education and Consortium of Social Science Association. This arrangement lies in her aspiration to promote global education in multiple aspects.
Prior to working in American Councils, she has worked as Activity Director of TEDxNYUShanghai in fall 2019 and volunteered in AFS Cultural Exchange Program in Chengdu for 3 years in high school. These experiences have originated in and in turn strengthened her belief that everyone has the right to global education. Reflecting on what people think and say about COVID-19 pandemic which she has experienced in both the Chinese and U.S. settings, she comes to a sense of mission, that global education should be a responsibility before it is a right. She wishes to engage actively in global education in the COVID-19 situation, that enlightens people to pursue knowledge and approach global issues from a less self-centered, more respectful and sympathetic perspective.
Spring 2020: Jolie Radunich '22
Jolie Radunich is a sophomore studying Global Liberal Studies with a concentration in politics, rights, and development. At NYU DC she served as the Global Equity Fellow and was a member of the Global Leadership program. Jolie interned at the Cato Institute as a research intern for the education and child policy department and defense and foreign policy department.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in San Francisco, Jolie plans to study abroad in Madrid her entire junior year. She is most enthusiastic about improving educational equity for students domestically and abroad, and plans to attend graduate school to prepare herself for a career in this field.
Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship Alumni
The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship is designed to attract, encourage and train a new generation of leaders in public service. Each year, the program exposes a highly selective group of graduate and undergraduate students from throughout New York University to the cross-disciplinary skills, experiences and networking opportunities needed to advance and support their efforts to realize sustainable and scalable pattern-breaking solutions to society's most intractable problems.
The program also brings the field of social entrepreneurship to the greater NYU community. All interested NYU students can take advantage of many of the program's resources, including access to influential leaders in the field, exposure to cutting-edge research and scholarship on social entrepreneurship, access to new classes, and the opportunity to participate in skill building activities and training. NYU is truly a private university in the public service, and the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program is an important university-wide element of that concept.
About Catherine B. Reynolds
Catherine B. Reynolds brings to the world of philanthropy the same energy and entrepreneurial spirit that ensured her success in the realm of commerce. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, she started her business career as a CPA at the accounting firm of Arthur Young, and then became the Assistant to the Board Chairman of The Charter Company, in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. As the leader of two businesses, Mrs. Reynolds went on to create a new and affordable way for Americans to finance a college education. A bold, innovative thinker, she developed a privately-funded supplement to government student loan programs. Through her vision and perseverance, hundreds of thousands of Americans have been able to attend the college of their choice.
In only one decade, this creative approach to private educational financing revolutionized student lending and spawned a multibillion-dollar industry.
Mrs. Reynolds now devotes her time and abilities primarily to philanthropic pursuits. The mission of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation is profound in its implications, yet simply stated: to help educate young people, to inspire them to believe in their power to make a difference as individuals, and to motivate them to reach their greatest potential as citizens and productive members of society.
Mrs. Reynolds was selected by Businessweek magazine as one of the 50 most philanthropic living Americans and is the first self-made woman ever to make their list. She is a current or former Trustee of New York University, Vanderbilt University, Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art, Dance Theater of Harlem, D.C. College Access Program, National Geographic International Advisory Council, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and the American Academy of Achievement. She also funds the MIT YouPitch Entrepreneurship Competition. Mrs. Reynolds served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education during the administration of President George W. Bush. She was recently appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe as a member of Virginia’s State Board for Community Colleges.
Mrs. Reynolds has received honorary degrees from Georgetown University, Morehouse College and Willamette University, as well as New York University’s Gold Medal. She is also the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, bestowed annually on America’s most outstanding business leaders by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the National Italian-American Foundation's Achievement Award in Education and Cultural Affairs. Mrs. Reynolds was selected as 2011 Washingtonian of the Year, honoring “local heroes whose good works and generous spirits make Washington a great place to live and work.”