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College of Saint Benedict Marie and Robert Jackson Fellows Program

Our Mission

To empower students with opportunities to serve the common good through community engagement, collective learning, and leadership and professional development.

The Jackson Fellows Story

In 2008, the College of Saint Benedict received an anonymous gift to establish the Marie and Robert Jackson Fellows Program. Ten to twelve students with varying majors, interests, and experience are selected through an application and interview process to be part of a cohort of Jackson Fellows. Each Fellow serves at a community site for the summer. All fellowships involve civic engagement and work devoted to improving community life. The diversity of the site placements and the type of work and leadership required from each Jackson Fellow serves to create a rich, vibrant, and holistic learning environment.

2015 Cohort

Front row (left to right): Angie Schmidt Whitney (Co-Director), Meg Schrafft, Bao Yang, Maggie Ellis, Jackie Liska, & Victoria Beach. Back row (left to right): Theresa Farrell, Diana Elhard, Gary Eichten (Minnesota Public Radio), Matt Lindstrom (Co-Director), Michelle Hansmann, Jacob Shawback, & Sadie Vahle.

Civic Engagement Sites:

Victoria Beach - Early Learning Center of Brookings, SD

Diana Elhard - MORE Multicultural Empowerment

Maggie Ellis - Children's Museum of South Dakota

Theresa Farrell - United Way of Central Minnesota

Michelle Hansmann - Catholic Charities, Minneapolis

Jackie Liska - Boys & Girls Club of Brookings, SD

Meg Schrafft - Birthline

Jacob Shawback - Kim Hunter & Associates

Sadie Vahle - 360 Communities

Bao Yang - Hmong American Partnership