Festa Graduate Leadership Fellowship

Festa Graduate Leadership Fellowship


The Festa Graduate Leadership Fellowship (established by Fred Festa '81 and MaryLynn Barbero Festa '82) offers full-time graduate students at SUNY Oswego a unique opportunity to model effective leadership styles and practices in a variety of organizational settings. The fellowship traditionally provides the opportunity to shadow a corporate CEO or organizational leader, work on a public policy issue with a legislator or public official, or develop a significant project for a non-profit organization. The major goal of the fellowship is to provide a mentored experience that will help advance leadership skills. Applicants will propose a self-designed learning experience to help attain leadership goals which has been approved by the proposed site mentor, along with graduate advisor or program director/department chair. The fellowship award is typically $4,000, but varies depending upon the scope and merit of the proposed budget.


To be eligible for the Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program at SUNY Oswego you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a SUNY Oswego graduate student matriculated into any graduate degree program.
  • You must be interviewed by the potential site mentor and receive an endorsement from the site placement based on your plan of study.
  • Your graduate advisor or program director/department chair must be willing to monitor your performance.
  • Deadline

    Applications are due by April 1.