Hennessy has partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to provide opportunities to the next generation of black executives. They have come together to create a graduate fellowship program specifically for students at historically black colleges and universities, Black Enterprise reports.
The Hennessy Fellows will not only provide mentorships to the students but will also provide generous financial help and tuition coverage. The students will be gifted with a $10,000 stipend and up to $20,000 to cover their tuition. The fellows will also have a chance to apply for a $10,000 grant for a community-based project. The program will also offer networking opportunities, online training forums and professional development opportunities. Getting into the program will not be easy, as it will be very selective. Only 10 students will be selected to participate each year.
“When such a tremendously successful global brand like Hennessy invests in a higher education non-profit like ours, it tells the world that HBCUs and PBIs have value and are worth investing in, and TMCF is the best steward to carry out such a monumental investment,” Dr. Harry L. Williams, president & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund said in a statement.
Hennessey and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund hope that this program helps to increase the number of black executives in the corporate world and provide more opportunities for students on the graduate level.
“Continuing a heritage of support and celebration of the African American community that began over one hundred years ago, Hennessy is excited to partner with TMCF to help ensure more diversity in leadership roles,” Giles Woodyer, Senior Vice President, Hennessy US, said in a statement. “The immediate goal of the Hennessy Fellows program is to create a pipeline of highly qualified talent over the next 10 years and help prepare these future leaders for success.”
Applications are being accepted through May 5th and the winners will be announced in June. You can apply here.