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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.

2016 Cohort

Front row (left to right): Sinloria Macrae, Daniela Mejia, Dale Larson (Friend of Jackson Fellows), Mary Catherine Steenberge , Paige Merwin, Kaitlyn Ludlow, Stacey Guzman, & Gabrielle Harvey. Back row (left to right): Angie Schmidt Whitney (Co-Director), Morgan Thole, Morgan Durbin, Matthew Burgstahler, William Harren, Lincoln Mullings, & Matt Lindstrom (Co-Director).

Civic Engagment Sites:

Matthew Burgstahler: WellShare International

Morgan Durbin: Will Steger Wilderness Center

Stacey Guzman: Restorative Justice and Community Action

William Harren: Minneapolis Impact Hub

Gabrielle Harvey: Christian Cupboard

Kaitlyn Ludlow: Brookings Boys & Girls Club

Sinloria Macrae: Legal Rights Center

Daniella Mejia: Legal Aid

Paige Merwin: Children's Museum of South Dakota

Lincoln Mullings: Be the Match

Mary Catherine Steenberge: MORE

Morgan Thole: Early Learning Center (United Living Community)

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