Alumni Council Fellows
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.
Eligibility & Selection Process
- Applicants must be enrolled at the Nicholas School pursuing a professional degree as a continuing first year and/or concurrent degree student.
- Applicants must be in good academic standing.
- Past Alumni Council Fellowship award recipients are not eligible.
- All continuing students are notified by email of the open application period in January of each year.
- Applications are reviewed by the award committee after the application deadline. The award committee is comprised of Nicholas School alumni, staff, students, and Alumni Council members.
- Once applications have been reviewed, students (at the discretion of the award committee) are selected for interviews to determine fellowship awardees.
- As applicable, students are notified of their status during each stage of the selection process.
Current Alumni Council Fellows
Colin Carroll MEM’20
Colin Carroll is a second year Masters of Forestry student. Prior to attending Duke, Colin worked for the National Park Service and Connecticut Forest and Park Association building and maintaining hiking trails. Colin has experience working with land trusts, private landowners and federally managed lands as a leader, trainer and project manager. Colin is especially interested in sustainable forest management for multiple uses. Colin is Co-President of the Duke’s student chapter of the Society of American Foresters and has assisted in developing opportunities for current MF students to engage with alumni in the field. Colin is committed to helping strengthen the already rich alumni network available to Duke Nicholas School students.
Grace Hancock MEM’20
Grace Hancock is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate with a concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy. Prior to the Nicholas School, Grace worked for eight years in environmental NGO finance and administration, putting her B.B.A from the University of Oklahoma to good use. Most recently, she was the Director of Finance and Strategy for The Nature Conservancy’s North America Region, helping lead a team of 100 geographically dispersed environmental experts through strategic conservation efforts bolstered by a financially sound foundation. At Duke, Grace is most interested in applying her experience and learning to create successful environmental policy solutions for the myriad challenges cities face today, integrating community voices through participatory asset management.
Jessica (Jess) Siegel MEM’20
Jess is a second year Master of Environmental Management student focused on energy. Jess is passionate about working with communities, businesses, and state and local government to progress a clean energy future. Specifically, she is interested in both policy and technology solutions to electricity grid challenges such as energy efficiency, renewable energy integration, and clean energy access. Jess is the Co-President of the Nicholas School Energy Club and has met with alumni in San Francisco, Denver and Washington, DC through energy career treks at Duke. She looks forward to connecting alumni and students through the Alumni-Student Mentoring program. Prior to the Nicholas School, Jess worked in community engagement and education roles at environmental non-profits. Jess received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Management from UC Davis in 2015.
Gennelle Wilson MEM’20
Gennelle Wilson is a graduate student studying Environmental Management with a focus on the intersection between economics, policy, energy and environmental justice. Gennelle has six years of professional work experience at RTI International. In that time, she held positions focused on market research, project management, and corporate strategy development and implementation. Gennelle hopes to leverage her experience to solve environmental challenges in North Carolina with an eye towards uplifting, and meaningfully engaging, underserved and underrepresented communities in environmental solution-making. Gennelle graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.A. in International Studies and concentrations in French and Political Science.
Former Alumni Council Fellows
Leslie Cakey Worthington
John Paul Miller
Terah Elizabeth Donovan