Sponsors and supportive adults are encouraged to offer guidance in the selection process and use strategies that foster and support independent choice.
Overview & Intent
Providing life inspiring development opportunities and circles of support for Beloit area youth.
The Experience Fellowship will provide up to $2,500 to empower motivated youth to follow their passions and build their skills. It is developed with an acknowledgement that the right opportunity at the right time can have a profound impact.
Eligibility & Priorities
The Experience Fellowship targets those youth who may not be able to pursue their identified interests without fellowship support.
Eligible applicants will be Beloit residents, aged 13 – 19 years of age who have identified an opportunity and/or been accepted to a program offering a meaningful growth experience consistent with Hendricks Family Foundation values. Applicants must be actively engaged with a mentor or supportive adult.
The Experience Fellowship priorities include:
- Activities linked to educate or career exploration, civic and/or leadership opportunities, mission/volunteer pursuits and artistic/creative endeavors.
- Exploration of local and regional opportunities prior to application for support of international activities.
- Applicants who have participated in CareerTek education and/or career activities.
- Applicants who are not able to undertake activities without Fellowship support.
- Applicants who use employment income as a source of support for Fellowship activities.
Hendricks Family Foundation Values
We will adhere to the conservative principles and example of our founders, Ken and Diane Hendricks, in pursuing our goals.
- We believe that every person has within themselves the ability to do great things.
- We believe in individual responsibility and freedom, self-reliance, strong families and strong communities.
- We embrace taking risks and believe in the entrepreneurial spirit that built and sustains ABC Supply and this country we love.
- We believe education is the key path to opportunity and believe every child deserves access to strong and innovative schools, experiential learning and enrichment opportunities, career and technical education and, robust career path planning.
- We believe citizens should be given room to solve problems effectively on their own and believe that families, churches, schools, neighborhoods, and other voluntary organizations are most able and likely to change individual behaviors and transform individual lives.
Programs suitable for Fellowship awards will achieve the following objectives.
Adolescent brain research demonstrates the benefit to young people of having safe opportunities to take risks. There are a wide range of ‘risks’ that challenge youth to safely move outside their comfort zone.
Fellowship activities must provide high quality engagement with responsible adults.
We want to encourage Fellows to select opportunities that build upon readily available courses or programs and move them beyond their current capabilities. Think achievable, stretch goals.
Experience Fellowship Pre-Qualifying
Fellowship Application Process
Fellowship Experience applications will be accepted online at any time. To apply for a Fellowship Experience, interested candidates must complete a two-step process:
Step 1 – Complete an initial application to pre-qualify. Be prepared to answer the following questions:
- Name of program/activity
- Program/activity dates
- Brief explanation of program/activity
- Describe what you expect to learn from the program/activity
- List prior activities and experiences that prepared you for this Experience Fellowship (including any CareerTek program, activities and other local and/or regional opportunities you have participated in).
- The total cost of the proposed Fellowship activity/program and other sources of support for the activity (employment income, family support, etc.)
- If costs exceed the Fellowship award, Fellows must demonstrate they have resources to cover these costs prior to the Fellowship being paid.
Step 2 – Candidates approved and pre-qualified after the completion of the initial application in Step 1, will receive an emailed invitation to submit a full application, which will include the following:
- Submission of a letter of recommendation from an adult sponsor (non-family member).
- Sponsor must be a volunteer or staff member of a local not-for-profit organization that is willing to accept the Fellowship payment on behalf of the Fellow and support the Fellow in managing program enrollment and payment coordination.
- Sponsors must provide confirmation of the Fellow’s acceptance into the requested program and informally verify financial need.
Full applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Fellows should anticipate a 30 to 60 day wait for award decisions. Candidates will be notified of award decisions by email.
Sponsor Recommendation and Responsibilities
- The application must include a letter of recommendation, submitted by an adult sponsor (non-family member) who has committed to supporting the fellow through an advising, teaching or mentoring role. The sponsor must be a volunteer or staff member of a local not-for-profit organization that is willing to accept the Fellowship payment on behalf of the Fellow and support the Fellow in managing program enrollment and coordination.
- Sponsors must provide confirmation of fellow acceptance into the requested program and informally verify financial need.
Fellowship Award Payments Restrictions
- No Fellowship payments will be made directly to an individual or family.
- Fellows must be supported by a sponsoring tax exempt, youth service organization who will be the recipient of the funds and work with the Fellow, supporting them in successfully completing their program.
- Fellows may not request support for activities provided by the sponsor organization.
Program Follow-up Requirements
- All Fellows are required to submit a final report within 45 days of completion of the fellowship activity. A video, not to exceed 7 minutes, is the preferred report format. However, a 1-2 page, written report is also acceptable. The report should cover:
- What the Fellow gained from the experience
- Any challenges or accomplishments
- How the experience may impact future plans and/or choices
Fellows may be asked to present a report to the Fellowship Committee.
The Experience Fellowship is an adapted replication of a successful model that has been provided by the Eva Gunther Foundation . The Eva Foundation’s work is inspired by the life of Eva Gunther, who was killed by a drunk driver at the age of 12 ½.
Her family established the Foundation to remember Eva’s remarkable strengths and to allow other girls to have experiences similar to those Eva had. The Hendricks Family Foundation would like to thank the Eva Foundation team, particularly Eva’s father, Mark Gunther, for sharing their work and supporting our replication.