Loyola University Maryland

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Social Impact Fellowship Program



4/21/2020 UPDATE: We will not be accepting applications for Social Innovation Fellows at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back again for updates. 


The Loyola University Social Impact Fellowship is open to freshman, sophomore, and juniors in good academic standing who commit to attending all scheduled monthly meetings.

To apply, submit a written response to the question: "Why should I be a Fellow?" 1,000 words max. Include your name, year, and major on the document. Email your response to Mauricio Vargas at mvargas@loyola.edu by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2020.


Loyola University Maryland’s Social Impact Fellowship program engages undergraduate students across disciplines for an entire academic year-long creative and collaborative experience to advance issues of social justice in communities where we live, learn, and work.

Working closely with social impact consultancy Mission Partners, up to 12 students per fellowship year will collectively hone in on economic development in Baltimore, with a focus on the intersection of criminal justice, poverty, and un/underemployement in the city and, through a formal design thinking process, the cohort will develop a solution that leads to more equitable outcomes. Through the Fellowship program, students apply and strengthen their strategic, operational, and leadership skills while gaining business strategies and real-world experience that will support their individual and collective quest to build a better world.

Fellows meet monthly on campus for design thinking sessions. In addition to the Design Thinking process, fellows will participate in mutuality meals and field visits in the community to collect research and prototype solutions. Each Social Innovation Fellow receives a $1,000 stipend.

For more information about the Social Impact Fellowship Program, contact Wendy Bolger, Founding Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, at webolger@loyola.edu.

2020 Program Schedule

Learn More

Press release: Mission Partners establishes inaugural Social Impact Fellows Program at Loyola

Summary of the 2019 program with video: Loyola University Social Impact Fellows

Students sitting along a wall chatting in front of ideas taped to the wall
Course Snapshot

Creativity that leads to change

Design thinking course helps student entrepreneurs bring ideas to life.