The Bush Foundation believes in the power of people. We invest in people who are committed to doing the hard work to make our region better for everyone.
Imagine if you had the resources, connections and support to do whatever you felt was necessary to become a more effective leader. What would you do? What could that mean for your community?
The Bush Foundation believes in the power of people to make great ideas happen for their community. Each year, we award the Bush Fellowship to as many as 24 people from across our region. Bush Fellows receive a flexible grant of up to $100,000 which they can use to strengthen their leadership skills.
The Bush Fellowship is an investment in people who have a record of accomplishment and the potential to do even more for their community. Bush Fellows have shown extraordinary leadership and the ability to inspire those around them. They have a clear vision for what is possible in their community and what type of personal growth and development they need to make that vision a reality.
The hallmark of the Bush Fellowship is its flexibility. Fellows can use their grant to start or complete an academic degree, or design and pursue a personal learning plan. This flexibility gives them the freedom to think bigger and differently about what is possible for themselves and their community. This pushes Fellows to build skills, make connections and pursue experiences they might not have previously imagined were possible.
The Bush Fellowship is one way the Bush Foundation works to inspire and support creative problem solving — within and across sectors — to make our region better for everyone. Since 1965, Bush Fellowships have been awarded to more than 2,300 people across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.