The Mary Ellen Pleasant Entrepreneurship (MEPE) Fellowship is a 10-week paid internship & entrepreneurship coaching program with The Whether.
Beginning in Spring 2019, accepted fellows will be paid up to $2,500 and build a mini-startup focused on student coaching using the Soft Skills and Values Assessment .
The fellowship is virtual. This means you will not need to travel and will participate while in school during the spring 2019 semester.
1. A practical paid experience working at a start-up you can put on your resume.
2. A way to help other students on campus with their careers.
3. Leadership and team collaboration skills through the Soft Skills and Values Assessment.
4. A potential trip to an awards dinner celebrating your success and networking with other entrepreneurial professionals at the end of the internship.
The Whether is a minority-owned technology company that helps students of color discover and prepare to meet with companies planning to visit their college campus. The company has raised $2.5 million to date, generates more than $1 million in revenue, and recently partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support this innovative initiative.
Fellows are expected to commit at least 4 hours a week (about 45 minutes a day) to the internship. A 10-week curriculum based on key startup principles will be tied to campus engagement goals. Fellows will also incorporate videos, readings, and quizzes.
December 10, 2018 - Fellowship Application Deadline
The fellowship is designed to identify future entrepreneurs that want to leave a legacy. Students who apply early have an advantage because our team will have more time to read their applications. You can submit after the deadline - though keep in mind that the later you apply, the harder it is to get in.
January 14, 2019 - Fellows Announced
February 2019 - Internship Starts
Students who attend these MEPE Fellowship Partner schools should apply:
Albany State University
Florida A&M University
Huston Tillotson University
North Carolina Central University
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Xavier University of Louisiana
Clark Atlanta University
Fayetteville State University
Jackson State University
Morgan State University
Paul Quinn College
University of West Alabama
Bluefield State College
North Carolina A&T University
Prairie View A&M University
Tennessee State University
Winston Salem State University
Convince at least 3 friends to complete their Soft Skills and Values Assessment. We'll send you a customized referral link to keep track of your progress!
Apply with others as a team! Each team member must submit their own application. Teams can be up to 5 people.
Create a 2-minute video (YouTube, etc.) pitching how you (or your team) would creatively engage 500 students and help them choose a major, pick courses, or prepare for an internship interview.
1. Any student that attends an MEPE Fellows partner school may apply.
2. We recommend exceptional, high performing students who will not graduate prior to Spring 2019.
3. We recommend students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have demonstrated leadership experience.
Source: the Paris Review
Mary Ellen Pleasant was a very successful 19th-century African American entrepreneur, financier, real estate magnate and abolitionist who identified as ‘a capitalist by profession’ in the 1890 United States Census.
Pleasant came from humble beginnings being born into slavery. With her husband, through smart investments and business dealings, she amassed a fortune estimated to be around $30 million dollars. She made active contributions to the abolitionist movement and fought for civil rights in California. She also used her influence and wealth to employ Black Americans, freed and runaway slaves from the underground railroad, at her various businesses.
She was a friend and financial supporter of John Brown, and was well known in abolitionist circles. After the Civil War, she took her battles to the courts in the 1860s and won several civil rights victories, one of which was cited and upheld in the 1980s and resulted in her being called “The Mother of Human Rights in California”.
The MEPE Fellowship embodies her vision, spirit, and desire to help others. With an opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial talent, fellows can make a significant impact on campus with other students.