Apply To Be a Trinity Fellow
Trinity Fellows Student Application Deadline January 15, 2024.
To be considered for a Trinity fellowship, you must submit your application online by the above deadline. This deadline, set by the Trinity Fellows Program, supersedes the application deadline set by your Marquette University graduate program of choice.
Who Should Apply for the Fellowship?
We invite those who meet our eligibility requirements and who demonstrate the following to apply to the Trinity Fellows Program. Candidates from underrepresented groups in graduate studies, including people of color, are encouraged to apply.
- Are passionate about social and economic justice
- Are committed to personal leadership development and accountability
- Want to discover or explore your vocation or purpose
- Understand the importance of engaging in critical self-reflection and life-long learning
- Want to advance, connect and support the next generation of innovative problem-solvers and community leaders
- Want to strengthen and develop the capacity and infrastructure of Milwaukee-based nonprofits and public organizations
- Want to contribute to and build a more just Milwaukee
Learn more about the Trinity Fellows Program by reviewing the Student Fact Sheet.
What Makes a Competitive Applicant?
Interested in applying? Our Fellowship selection committee considers the whole person. View the Trinity Fellows student application selection rubric to see how applicants are assessed.
Apply to the Marquette University Graduate School using the application instructions below.
Trinity Fellows Application Deadline: January 15, 2024
Apply to the Marquette University Graduate School for your chosen field of study. Your Graduate School application will ask if you are applying to the Trinity Fellows Program. Click YES. You’ll find complete details regarding your chosen graduate program, application requirements, and online application materials below.
Additional Application Details and Requirements
Check "YES" for Trinity Fellows on your application
Your Graduate School application will ask if you are applying to the Trinity Fellows Program. Click YES. By selecting yes, you will be prompted to complete the Trinity Fellows application requirements as part of the Graduate School/Graduate School of Management application.
Please note the following about the application fee waiver and Letters of Recommendation:
Application fee waived for program applicants
The Graduate School/Graduate School of Management application fee is waived for Trinity Fellows Program applicants. Selecting YES will activate the fee waiver.
Letters of recommendation
Trinity Fellows applicants are required to submit 2 letters of recommendation: 1 academic letters and 1 letters related to the applicant’s service experience. These same letters may also be used to satisfy the letter of recommendation requirements of your academic program and need only be submitted once. Follow the submission guidelines given in your Graduate School/Graduate School of Management application. Additional details are given below.
Complete Graduate School and Trinity Fellows Program application requirements
The Trinity Fellows Application has the following questions, essays, and required uploads
Full-time service and/or nonprofit sector experience
Select the option that best describes how you meet the service/nonprofit work eligibility requirement:
- Completion of Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach for America and other comparable full -time service commitment
- Completion of 2+ years of full-time employment in the non-profit sector
- Completion of both a service commitment and 2+ years of full-time employment in the non-profit sector
Service and/or nonprofit sector experience summary should include: service/nonprofit, location, title, type of work, year(s) served, skills developed (suggested maximum 300 words)
Resume (1-2 pages, upload)
Submit a resume that includes the following information:
Honors and Awards
Other relevant service experience, activities
Additional Skills and Interests
Personal Statement (MAXIMUM 1000 words)
Please ensure that you address the following questions in your essay:
- Why are you applying to the Trinity Fellows Program?
- What impact did your service and/or nonprofit experience have on you?
- How have you demonstrated a commitment to advancing social and economic justice in your life?
- How have you demonstrated a potential for and commitment to leadership?
- What are your goals/ambitions while in the Trinity Fellows Program?
- What are your long-term goals/ambitions? Where do you see yourself after completing this program?
NOTE: The Trinity Fellows Personal Statement is in addition to and unique from the Statement of Purpose required for your graduate program. The Trinity Fellows Selection Committee will review both the Trinity Fellows Personal Statement and the Graduate School Statement of Purpose. Your graduate program will likely only review your required Statement of Purpose.
Nonprofit Assignment (MAXIMUM 300-words per question, feel free to use bullet points)
If accepted, you will be assigned to work at an area nonprofit agency for the 21-month fellowship period. With this in mind, describe your preferences regarding your work assignment. Please include the following points in your answers (each bullet point will have a separate text box):
- Working in Milwaukee - Why are you interested in living and working in Milwaukee? How will working in Milwaukee help shape you as a leader?
Skills to Be Developed - What skills do you want to develop in this program? Please use bullet points.
- Skills You Are Excited to Share with Organization - When considering professional experience so far, please list the skills or strenghs you are excited to share with your placement organization and hope to continue to develop. Please use bullet points.
- Job Duties. Indicate whether there is any type of work you would rather not do.
- Additional Comments. Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about a nonprofit assignment?
Special Circumstances (suggested maximum 300 words) Are there any special circumstances that the Trinity Fellows selection committee should consider when reviewing your application?
Letters of Recommendation* The Trinity Fellows Program requires 1 academic letters and 1 letters related to your service experience, for a total of 2 letters of recommendation.
- 1 Service/Professional: submit one letter of recommendation related to your service experience. You may substitute with a work-related letter here.
- 1 Academic: submit 1 letters of recommendation related to your academic experience.
* The above letters may also be used to satisfy the letter of recommendation requirements of your academic program and need only be submitted once.
* The above letters may also be used to satisfy the letter of recommendation requirements of your academic program and need only be submitted once. All letters should be submitted electronically using the invitations available on the Recommendations tab of your online application. Follow the submission guidelines given in your Graduate School/Graduate School of Management application.
Information about Letters of Recommendation
How to Submit
Your Graduate School/Graduate School of Management application will give you the opportunity to request and submit letters of recommendation using an online system, available as part of the online application. Letters should be submitted electronically using the invitations available on the Recommendations tab of your online application. Follow the submission guidelines given in your Graduate School/Graduate School of Management application. You will be able to check the status of your letters by logging into your application.
Provide your recommenders with information about the Trinity Fellows Program and how Trinity and your graduate program of choice fit your educational and career goals.
- Service/work-related letter should be from someone in a supervisory role who can speak about your character, your commitment to service, the work you did, and the quality of your work.
- Your academic letter should offer insight and judgment regarding your academic qualifications for graduate school over and above the letters we'll have regarding your character. Ideally, academic letters should come from a professor and give an indication of what can be expected from you in the classroom.
Keep in mind that the more detailed and specific the letter can be, the better. Therefore, it is often in your interest to remind recommenders about the classes you took with them, how you did, papers or projects you completed for them, etc.
Admission and Award Decisions
You will receive two decisions, one from the Graduate School/Graduate School of Management, and one from the Trinity Fellows Program. These two decisions will be sent separately.
Trinity Fellowship Award Decisions: applicants will be notified of award decisions by the end of March.
Check on the status of your MU Graduate School application
Login to your application to see the remaining items in your checklist. Please note application materials that have been recently submitted may not be processed yet. It may take 3-4 business days to process received materials and mark them as received on your checklist.
If you have questions regarding what application materials are required, or how to submit application materials, please consult the Application Instructions and Guidelines (http://marquette.edu/grad/future-apply.php).
If you believe that your Checklist is inaccurate, or if you have a question regarding any items that are remaining on your list, please email the Graduate School.
Check on the status of your Trinity Fellows Program application
Questions regarding Trinity Fellows Program application? Email Alisha Klapps Balistreri or call 414-288-0260.