Luke Stalker
Global Fellowship

The Luke Stalker Global Fellowship was established to help young people build bridges between cultures and promote global good.

About Luke

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.

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Fellowship Details


You can apply for a Luke Stalker Global Fellowship if you are between the ages of 17-26 years old (at least 18 at the time of travel), are currently studying at an accredited U.S. college or university, or are interested in participating in an established program abroad. Applicants must have a connection to Teton County, Wyoming. All majors and fields are eligible. This fellowship can be used for participating in an existing program your university has, or a project or program with an international organization. If you propose the latter, you will need to present a letter from a ‘sponsoring organization’ where you propose to work while abroad. This fellowship can be combined with funds from other sources. Consistent with Foundation policy, this fellowship is not intended to support religious or political activities.


Applications opened November 15, 2019 and closed January 3, 2020. This fellowship opportunity is currently suspended due to COVID-19. Please contact Annie Riddell if you would like to be notified when it reopens.

Award Amount

Fellows may be awarded up to $6,000.

Application Timeline
  • November 15 – Application available online
  • January 3 – 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

Fall 2020 update: This fellowship opportunity is currently suspended due to COVID-19. Please contact Annie Riddell if you would like to be notified when it reopens.


Contact Annie Riddell with questions via email or 307-690-5284.

Recent Fellows

Natalie Palmquist Africa Map
Natalie Palmquist – Age 23 as a fellow
Rwanda, Africa

Worked With: Engineers without Borders  & Vision for Life

Fellowship Award: $6,000

Project Description:
Palmquist helped Vision for Life create an organizational assessment, quantifying impact and determining what was working and where improvements could be made. She evaluated engineering and water distribution systems throughout northwest Rwanda. When she was not traveling to assess water catchment systems, she also led English classes.

The Experience:
“My time in Rwanda was fully immersive. I stayed with a Rwandan family in their home and was hosted as though I was their long-lost sister. Watching the day to day operations of a Rwandan household is what made the biggest impression on me. Everything was slow but consistent. Nothing in Rwanda is ever rushed. Still, by the end of the day, most tasks are usually complete.”– Natalie Palmquist

Sara In Sari
Sara Van Hatten – Age 21 as a fellow
Tiruppur & Hyderabad, India

Worked: Independent research with translator

Fellowship Award: $6,000

Project Description:
Van Hatten conducted extensive research to try to better understand clothing and sustainability in India. She led numerous interviews with people who work in the textile industry in India, talked with them about their relationship to the natural world, and tried to explain the concept of sustainability. Van Hatten visited numerous “spinning units,” from small looms in people’s homes to larger groups producing denim for Levi’s.

The Experience:

– Sara Van Hatten

William Gale And Team
William Gale – Age 26 as a fellow
Cape Town, South Africa

Worked With: Young Bafana Soccer Academy

Fellowship Award: $6,000

Project Description:
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.

The Experience:
“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

Kali Group Photo
Kali Pratt – Age 21 as a fellow
Lesvos Island, Greece

Worked With: Refugee 4 Refugees

Fellowship Award: $6,000

Project Description:
Volunteered in the Kara Tepe and Moria refugee camps on Lesvos Island in Greece overseeing resident volunteers to keep kitchens in order and facilitate activities such as soccer games and dancing. Pratt also taught English and computer skills classes and spent time picking up trash to make the refugee camps as inhabitable as possible.

The Experience:
“I am extremely thankful for this opportunity. Every day I have my heart broken and five minutes later I am laughing and filled with so much joy. It is an emotional roller coaster and I only have an outside perspective, I cannot even begin to imagine how the residents feel every day. I have learned a lot about myself, the goals I hold and the professional life I want to lead.”
– Kali Pratt

Watch Kali discuss her Luke Stalker Global Fellowship experience.

Sloane Gordon And Elephant
Sloane Gordon – Age 20 as a fellow
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Worked With: CityLife

Fellowship Award: $4,000

Project Description:
Interned at CityLife, the largest English language magazine in Chiang Mai, which covers local cultural and civic events and special interest pieces.

The Experience:
“Seeing tourists from America and how they interacted with Thai people really made me reflect on American culture and the way we perceive difference.”
– Sloane Gordon

Read Sloane’s article: “Voluntourism: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly