The Bush Foundation in Saint Paul, Minnesota, has announced the 2020 class of Bush Fellows.
Established in 1965, the program supports the development of social sector leaders in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geography. This year's twenty-four fellows will each receive $100,000 over twelve to twenty-four months to engage in experiences and skills-building activities designed to make them more effective and agile in their roles as community leaders. Fellows can use the funding to pursue advanced education, networking opportunities, and/or training.
Selected from an applicant pool of seven-hundred and forty-six applicants, this year's cohort includes Amanda Carlow, a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, who will pursue a doctorate in Indigenous language and will use her language skills to increase self-esteem, self-identity, and pride among youth at the Pine Ridge School; Farhio Khalif, who is pursuing a master's degree in public health and public policy and will use his fellowship to address violence against women, Islamophobia, and hate crimes; Essa Mohamed, who is working to increase the number of women and members of racial and ethnic minorities who participate in clinical trials and medical device development; and Kayla Yang-Best, who has developed a co-retailing food model that she hopes to scale, bringing greater equity to the local food supply chain.
"The Bush Foundation believes that strong and equitable leaders are necessary for our communities to be places where every person can thrive," said Anita Patel, director of the foundation's leadership programs. "These twenty-four fellows have demonstrated tremendous capacity to lead change, and we believe in their potential to make an even greater difference."
For a complete list of the 2020 Bush Fellows, see the Bush Foundation website.