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Outdoor Industry MBA

Fellowship Opportunities in MBA

Outdoor Industry MBA Fellowship Opportunities

If you have been accepted to the MBA Program and are interested in any of the fellowship opportunities listed below, please email the Program Director, Dr. Scott Borden, sborden@western.edu. The number of program fellows will be determined each year by the quality and quantity of the candidate pool. Western’s MBA offers graduate fellowships to reduce tuition, enhance organizational partnerships, elevate the quality of Master’s Projects and improve career competitiveness. Please note, these are annual fellowships unless otherwise noted.

Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office has offered fellowship opportunities for MBA students who are underrepresented in the Outdoor Industry. This MBA is committed to ensuring that future leaders of the industry are engaging in a program that is both inclusive and diverse, so they deeply understand the benefits of including all voices in an industry that benefits all participants. Fellowships are up to $5,000 each.

Conservation Finance for Recreation Management Fellowship

Selected graduate students volunteer their expertise to aid in creating financial models for running new paid camping sites near Crested Butte, Colorado. Students will work with the National Forest Service, Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee, and the National Forest Foundation to raise funds to conserve these natural areas. This Fellowship is for a total of $20,000.

Social Media Marketing Fellowship

This fellow will assist the Social Media Marketing Team in creating content, connecting across channels and building a thriving ecosystem to support our students’ professional growth. Individuals with past Social Media Marketing professional experience are encouraged to apply. Fellowships are up to $5,000 each.

Special Events Coordinator Fellowship

The Special Events Coordinator Fellow will assist in executing our current exciting conferences as well as other event opportunities that are being developed. Individuals with past professional event planning experience are encouraged to apply. Fellowships are up to $5,000 each.

Sustainability Coordinator Fellowship

We define sustainability as the nexus between the consideration of social, environmental, and economic concerns. This fellow will assist the program in continuing to strive towards reducing our impacts and creating a more equitable world. Individuals with past professional sustainability management experience are encouraged to apply. Fellowships are up to $5,000 each.

Wright Challenge Fellowship

The Wright Challenge is a non-traditional collegiate innovation competition bringing together entrepreneurial problem-solvers from a variety of backgrounds to address pressing challenges within the outdoor recreation industry. This fellow will assist in coordinating this challenge for the MBA’s first year students. This fellowship will provide up to $10,000 per year and applicants willing to commit to two years are preferred.

The Graduate School Dean’s Impact Award

The Dean’s Impact Award was established to encourage graduate student scholarship and service that enhances the campus and/or local community through exemplary research, leadership, creation of an event or program or other significant community or campus contribution. Existing MBA students are encouraged to apply. Please contact Marlo Frazier, Executive Director, School of Graduate Studies, for more details: mfrazier@western.edu.

Military Personnel Fellowship

Eligible individuals are active duty military personnel, honorably discharged veterans,and military retirees. This includes all personnel listed in the Title 10 US Code, including DoD (USA, USAF, USMC, USN), Department of Homeland Security (USCG), Department of Commerce (NOAA) and the Department of HHS (UP Public Health Service). Eligible veterans are individuals honorably discharged in one of the previously mentioned organizations. Retirees are veterans who have served honorably for 20 or more years. You must be able to provide one of the following forms of documentation:

  • Recent Military Orders
  • Current Military ID Card
  • DD Form 214: Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty

Fellowships are up to $5,000 each. Additionally, veterans can find more supporting resources here.

Industry Fellowships

Organizations need highly skilled workers that are well-versed in the newest business management ideas, theories and practices. Sponsoring organizations also have projects they lack the resources they need to complete. An Industry Fellowship is an agreement with Western’s MBA program to match funds in financially supporting one (or more) employees in completing their MBA degree while continuing their career. They agree to continue with the organization after their studies, apply all course work and their project to the company’s needs and progress the company’s goals. Commonly, employees will sign a retention agreement with their existing company. The amount of the Fellowship and scope of the project work are to be negotiated with the employee, company and Western prior to enrollment. Please have your HR Director, or someone equivalent, contact the Program Director to discuss this opportunity.

Research Fellowship: Regenerative Innovation in the Outdoor Industry

This research fellowship will work under Dr. Taryn Mead and contribute to an emerging body of literature related to sustainability in outdoor industry companies by examining mechanisms that enable the circular economy, specifically Regenerative Innovation. Regenerative Innovation is defined as: “an innovation that creates infrastructure to utilize a biophysical pollutant and source of socioecological harm currently present in the global commons and creates novel value for the organization and for society while reducing ecological damage.”  Regenerative innovation is accomplished through several mechanisms such as: Material search heuristics requiring a polluting material (waste = food); Cooperative engagement with suppliers willing to experiment with new sources; New product development goals are integrated with the company sustainability agenda; Desire to interact with socioecological systems for a net positive impact and; A company sustainability narrative that positions nature as the standard for sustainability.  Case study research will analyze the factors that contribute to the success of this strategy in several outdoor industry companies. This fellowship is for $10,000 and will be awarded over two years of degree completion.

Gunnison Valley Economic Prosperity Fellowship

This fellowship provides support for individuals directly creating positive economic impact with their MBA capstone project in Gunnison, CO. Projects can be diverse in scope. Individuals applying for this fellowship must send a project proposal and must reside in the Gunnison Valley. Individuals with entrepreneurial experience are encouraged to apply. Fellowships are up to $10,000 each.

Writing Tutor Fellowship

In order to support fellow graduate students, this fellow will assist in writing support, working under the Graduate School’s Writing Workshop. Individuals with excellent writing skills, entering their second year, are encouraged to apply. Fellowships are up to $1,000 per year.

VF Foundation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fellowship

The VF Foundation has offered fellowship opportunities for MBA students who are underrepresented in the Outdoor Industry. This MBA is committed to ensuring that future leaders of the industry are engaging in a program that is both inclusive and diverse, so they deeply understand the benefits of including all voices in an industry that benefits all participants. Fellowships are up to $25,000 each over two years of degree completion.


General MBA Fellowships

Product Track

The MBA offers a number of fellowships at varying amounts. The Product Track fellows will be asked to champion a high visibility project during their second year. At year’s end, in addition to the agreed upon project outcomes, each fellow will complete a white paper, newspaper article, Outdoor Industry Association report or other deliverable of high value. Fellowships are up to $5,000 each.

Service Track

The MBA offers a number of fellowships at varying amounts. The Service Track fellows will be asked to champion a high visibility community project during their second year. At year’s end, in addition to the agreed upon project outcomes, each fellow will complete a white paper, newspaper article, Outdoor Industry Association report or other deliverable of high value. Fellowships are up to $5,000 each.

 

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