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Eva Kastan Grove Fellowship Program at Roosevelt House

Overview

The Grove Fellowship Program is a prestigious and rigorous Fellowship that provides mentorship, professional development and a financial award to Grove Fellows, students who are committed to public service, public policy and human rights.

The Grove Fellowship Program provides students with an opportunity to learn from Grove Leaders, accomplished public policy and human rights figures who spend a semester mentoring and facilitating discussions among Grove Fellows.

Under the supervision of a Grove Leader, Grove Fellows work with a cohort of up to five students to complete a project that advances public policy and human rights locally, nationally, or globally. Projects may include, but are not limited to, drafting legislation, preparing a public policy report, and publishing a policy related story in a newspaper, magazine, or online forum. In previous semesters, Grove Fellows have assisted in organizing students across the country to participate in Campus Equal Rights Amendment Day, presented research on alternative methods of transportation to policymakers at NY City Hall, and created public service announcements to encourage New Yorkers to participate in the 2020 census.

In addition to completing their projects, each week throughout the course of the semester Grove Fellows gather at Roosevelt House to participate in a discussion session led by a Grove Leader. Our weekly discussion sessions not only give Grove Fellows an opportunity to discuss the relevant human rights and policy issues of the day, but also to network with their peers and Grove Leaders.

The Eva Kastan Grove Fellowship Program has been made possible by the Grove family in honor of Hunter alumna Eva Grove’s 80th birthday. The Eva Kastan Grove Fellowship Program ensures that Eva’s lifelong commitment to advocacy, social service, and philanthropy endures.


About Eva Kastan Grove

Eva Kastan Grove graduated from Hunter College in 1958 with a degree in pre-social work. Eva, born in Vienna, fled the Nazis with her family when she was just three. She was raised in Bolivia, and at 18, arrived in New York and attended Hunter where she spent many hours at Roosevelt House. Her husband, Andrew Grove, former chairman of Intel, was also an immigrant, having survived both the Nazi occupation of Hungary, and later, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

“Hunter opened the doors to America for me,” Eva has said. In fact, Hunter College continues to welcome immigrants from all over the world and provides them with a high quality education that will allow them access to the opportunities they often sacrificed so much for.


Grove Fellowship Cohorts and Leaders


Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must have earned, at minimum, 30 credits and be enrolled at Hunter College as full-time students (12 or more credits). A minimum of 1/3 of these credits should have been earned at Hunter College. Graduate students and individuals with advanced degrees are not eligible to apply. Successful applicants will show evidence of the following:

  • Academic excellence
  • Leadership potential
  • Commitment to public service

Selection Process

The program has a competitive selection process and strives to select a class of Fellows who are academically, geographically and culturally diverse based upon the applicant pool.

If you have questions about the application process, please email Peter Sclafani, at peter.sclafani@hunter.cuny.edu.