About the Program

The Trinity Fellows Program of Marquette University was created in keeping with an ideal central to the university's mission - the promotion of justice and faith through service - to develop urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice.

The program is intended for individuals who are committed to excellence, demonstrate leadership potential, care about the well-being of others, are passionate about issues of social and economic justice, and who wish to acquire experience in the urban nonprofit sector while studying for two years toward a Master's degree. See the Student Fact Sheet.

Fellows participate in a 21-month study/work program while earning a master's degree in one of the following fields of study:



Commitment to Service & Leadership:

  • Completion of the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Teach for America, or other comparable full-time service commitment is also required OR
  • 2+ years of full-time employment with a nonprofit organization

    • Applicants may apply while still active in full-time service or work, as long as the service commitment is completed by the time the fellowship term begins.


    • To be eligible for the Trinity Fellows Program, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident, or DACA recipient of the United States.


Fellows are expected to complete their Master's programs in two years, taking approximately nine credits per semester. They are also required to take nine elective credits in the following urban issues courses: Nonprofit Organizations, The Nature of Cities, and Social Justice/Social Activism. Fellows work at their agency-based graduate assistantships18 hours per week during the academic year, and 40 hours per week during the summer between academic years.



Up to 12 fellowships will be awarded for the upcoming term. Each fellowship includes:

  • Full-tuition scholarship
  • Monthly stipend to purchase books, health insurance, and support living expenses
  • Funds for professional development
  • A cohort of 12 passionate, motivated Fellows
  • Access to many additional benefits and perks throughout Milwaukee



Each fellow will contribute a participation fee of $1,250 per semester. The total student participation fee amounts to $5,000 in total. A fellow's contribution may come from an AmeriCorps education voucher, a Peace Corps readjustment allowance, or similar grant.

Trinity Fellows 2012 graduates

Quick Links


Carolyn Swabek, Director
(414) 288-0637

Alisha Klapps Balistreri, Assistant Director
(414) 288-0260

Peggy Mead, Program Assistant
(414) 288-5473