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Dear Friend,

The Mind Trust is excited to announce a new rolling application process for its Education Entrepreneur Fellowship. Candidates may now submit applications to transform K-12 public education at any time during the year, starting TODAY. The nationally unique Fellowship provides promising education entrepreneurs with the support they need to develop and launch new break-the-mold ventures that specifically target underserved or disadvantaged children.

The Mind Trust expects to award up to three Fellowships in 2010. To learn more about the Education Entrepreneur Fellowship, please read the Q & A below and visit The Mind Trust’s website.

Thank you,

David Harris

President and CEO

www.themindtrust.org

What Is The Education Entrepreneur Fellowship?

The Mind Trust’s Education Entrepreneur Fellowship is a nationally unique incubator for transformative education ventures designed to solve public education’s most vexing problems. The Fellowship offers promising education entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop and launch their break-the-mold education ventures. The Mind Trust, which invests approximately $250,000 in each Fellow, provides Fellows the freedom to innovate and the comprehensive support necessary to succeed. During the two-year Fellowship, Fellows receive a full-time salary ($90,000/year), full benefits, a $20,000 start up stipend and the professional support and mentoring necessary to turn a promising idea into a successful educational venture with large-scale, transformational benefits for children in Indianapolis and throughout the nation. Fellowship ventures target underserved or disadvantaged populations with solutions that attack the root problems in the delivery of public education. The Fellowship is for people who envision entirely new approaches to the challenges of public education and who possess the entrepreneurial skill necessary to turns their ideas into reality. Fellows join a community of education entrepreneurs dedicated to forging dramatic change in public education nationwide.

Why A Rolling Application Process?

A rolling application process allows candidates to apply for the Fellowship at any time rather than having to wait up to a year for consideration under an annual process. The Mind Trust will now be able to review applications and award Fellowships throughout the year, starting immediately.

How Do I Apply?

Applications must be submitted through The Mind Trust’s online application form.

The first step in the application process is the Statement of Intent, which includes personal background information and a 2,000-word essay that clearly explains your initiative, how you will use the Fellowship to develop (or further develop) and launch it, and how Indianapolis will be included in the initial growth plans. The Mind Trust reviews all Statements of Intent and then invites select candidates to submit Full Applications. Throughout the application process, candidates may be interviewed by The Mind Trust staff and expert reviewers. After submitting a Full Application, select candidates will be asked to participate in an interview before The Mind Trust’s Fellowship Selection Committee, which is comprised of Board members and staff from The Mind Trust and national experts in education entrepreneurship.

The Fellowship is open to people of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels.

How Do I Refer A Friend?

Do you know of a talented education entrepreneur who would be great for the Education Entrepreneur Fellowship? Please let us know!

Send an email with his/her name and email address to fellowship@themindtrust.org and we will contact him/her directly.

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