The fellowship provides recipients with $100,000 over twelve to twenty-four months to pursue learning experiences that help them develop their leadership skills and attributes. The funding is flexible, enabling fellows to articulate what they need for success. The fellowship is open to individuals age 24 and older who are residents of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and any of the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geography.
Selected from among six hundred and eighty-four individuals, this year's cohort of Bush Fellows includes agriculture and climate advocate Heather Cusick, who plans to study agricultural models around the world and build equity and racial justice competency; social justice activist Tou Ger Xiong, who will pursue a master's degree in public affairs and seek a public service role that directly impacts policy; and Rose McGee, founder of Sweet Potato Comfort Pie, whose novel approach to race relations brings individuals together to bake pies and engage in sometimes-difficult dialogue.
"The Bush Foundation believes the well-being of our region is directly impacted by investing in individual leaders," said Bush Foundation leadership programs director Anita Patel. "We look to these twenty-four fellows to help shape a better future for their communities."
For a complete list of this year's Bush Fellows, see the Bush Foundation website.