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 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. 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 are available in late fall and due in early January.
Fellows may be awarded up to $6,000.
- 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
Contact Shelby Read with questions via email or phone: 307-739-1026.
Kali Pratt – Age 21 as a fellow
Lesvos Island, Greece
Worked With: Refugee 4 Refugees
Fellowship Award: $6,000
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.
“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
Sloane Gordon – Aged 20 as a fellow
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 difference.”
– Sloane Gordon
Read Sloane’s article: “Voluntourism: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly“
William Gale – Age 26 as a fellow
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“