Alumni Council Fellowships

Each year, the Alumni Council awards fellowships to continuing professional degree students (first year and/or concurrent degree) who demonstrate exemplary leadership, career and professional development preparation, and character. On behalf of the Alumni Council, The Office of Development and Alumni Relations (ODAR) awards fellowships in the amount of $6,000 to each fellowship recipient. 

The Alumni Council Fellows help to connect Nicholas School students and alumni in meaningful ways – most notably with their work on the Alumni-Student Mentorship Program.



Current Alumni Council Fellows

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Name: Emma Fulop
Graduation Year: 2019
Concentration: Ecosystem Science and Conservation

Emma Fulop is a second-year MEM student with a concentration in Ecosystem Science and Conservation and a certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management. She hopes to use these skills to improve access to environmental resources for communities that have been historically underrepresented. Before coming to the Nicholas School, Emma worked within the land trust community, in both Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC.  She has experience with community engagement and project management and is interested supporting grassroots influence on policy development. This summer, Emma worked at the Dogwood Alliance as a Campaigns Intern and is excited to continue to explore the intersection between people and policy at NSOE.

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Name: Jeffrey Meltzer
Graduation Year: 2019
Concentration: Business and Environment

Jeff Meltzer is a second year MEM student with a concentration in Business and Environment. Jeff’s master’s project is a client-based group project helping a biopharmaceutical company reduce its carbon emissions throughout its supply chain. Over the summer, Jeff interned with the Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability group at L’Oreal USA in New Jersey.  Among his many projects were organizing data from L’Oreal’s vast green power portfolio, helping improve biodiversity and recycling at its offices, and developing a communications plan for the company’s many sustainable technologies. Jeff is Co-President of the Net Impact Club and attended Career Treks to Portland and Seattle visiting with alums at companies like Amazon and Nike.

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Name: Sarah Vondracek
Graduation Year: 2019
Concentration: Energy and Environment

Sarah Vondracek is a second year Master of Environmental Management and Master of Business Administration dual-degree student at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She graduated with a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Colgate University and has hands-on experience in environmental compliance, ecological research, environmental policy analysis, and the electricity generation industry. After graduation, Sarah is interested in supporting companies and utilities to integrate renewables, energy storage, and smart grid technologies.