The Luke Stalker Global Fellowship was established to help young people
build bridges between cultures and promote global good.
Luke Stalker was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and moved to Jackson, Wyoming with his family at the start of high school. Luke attended the Journeys School and was a college student at Colgate University studying international affairs when he passed away in 2013.
This fellowship was established in Luke’s memory to celebrate and continue his active, experiential approach to learning and communicating. The fellowship supports Luke’s belief that pursuing cross-cultural connections can help to create a better, more peaceful world.
You are eligible to apply for a Luke Stalker Global Fellowship if you are between the ages of 17-26 years old (must be 18 at the time of travel), currently studying at an accredited U.S. college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level, or will be a participant in an established and structured program that travels abroad. All majors and fields of inquiry are eligible. This fellowship can be used to participate in an existing program at your university, or a project or program with an international organization. If you are proposing a project outside of an established program, you must present a letter from a ‘sponsoring organization’ you will be working with abroad. This fellowship can be combined with funds from other sources. Consistent with Community Foundation of Jackson Hole policy, this fellowship is not intended to support religious or political activities.
Applications are available in late fall and due in early January.
Fellows may be awarded up to $6,000.
- November 15th – Application available online
- January 3rd – Application period ends. All components of the application, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole via mail or email by 5:00pm.
- January to Mid-February – Committee reviews applications, selects and interviews finalists
- Early March – Fellow(s) notified
Contact Shelby Read with questions via email or phone: 307-739-1026.
2017 Fellowship Recipients
Sloane Gordon – Age 20
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Worked With: CityLife
Fellowship Award: $4,000
Interned at CityLife, the largest English language magazine in Chiang Mai, which covers local cultural and civic events and special interest pieces.
“Seeing tourists from America and how they interacted with Thai people really made me reflect on American culture and the way we perceive people who aren’t the same as us”. – Sloane Gordon
Read Sloane’s article: “Voluntourism: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly“
William Gale – Age 26
Cape Town, South Africa
Worked With: Young Bafana Soccer Academy
Fellowship Award: $6,000
Worked with students on soccer skills and academics at Young Bafana Soccer Academy in Capetown and helped create a strategic plan for organizational growth and sustainability.
“For anyone considering traveling abroad… take full advantage of any chance you have to immerse yourself in a different culture. While our world is continually becoming smaller, there is still so much we do not understand about the various cultures that call this planet home.” – William Gale
View William’s presentation: “Young Bafana Soccer Academy“