2014 Bush Fellowships - Application deadline 10/14/13


The Bush Fellowship was founded nearly 50 years ago by founder (and 3M executive) Archibald Bush. The 1964 Bush Foundation annual report shares that the program was designed to seek out and develop broad-gauge candidates who could be effective leaders. It sought candidates “of force, inquiring minds, integrity and vision to be groomed for leadership in government, industry and professions, or with unions.”

What does a Bush Fellowship provide?

  • Financial support between $50,000 and $100,000 over two years (which may be used to attain formal education (including graduate degrees) and/or to implement a self-designed leadership development proposal)
  • Lifelong access to the Bush Fellows alumni network of 2,200+ individuals
  • Participation in an annual Fellows retreat and optional learning opportunities with other Fellows

Note: successful finalists are not required to take a leave of absence from their employer

Click here, to learn more about the 2014 Bush Fellowship program.

Who should apply or be nominated?

  • Individuals with passion, optimism and ambition to develop their leadership and vision for contributing to the common good within Bush Foundation region
  • Have a distinguished track record of leadership accomplishment
  • Have demonstrated resiliency, creativity, curiosity, integrity, and civic-mindedness
  • Leaders from all sectors

Click here, to review eligibility and selection criteria

You can nominate a 2014 Bush Fellow(s) here:

Who has received a Bush Fellowship? (sample of alumni):

“Famous” Dave Anderson ‘ 85
Founder, Famous Dave’s of America

Margaret Anderson Kelliher ‘03
President, MN High Tech Association (MHTA)

Terri Barreiro ‘79
Director, McNeeley Center for Entrepreneurship serving St. John’s University and College of Saint Benedict

Arne H. Carlson ’71
Former Governor, State of Minnesota

Mark Dienhart ‘89
President/CEO, Schulze Family Foundation

Esperanza Guerrero-Anderson ‘88
Founder and President, Guerrero-Anderson, Inc.

Dr. Jon Hallberg, M.D. ‘06
Medical Commentator, Minnesota Public Radio

Peter Heegaard ‘77
Founder, Lowry Hill and Founder, Urban Adventures

Kevin Kling ’88 and ‘03
Author, playwright, storyteller and commentator with National Public Radio

Richard J. Leider ‘73
Founder and Chairman, The Inventure Group

Mark Mishek ‘85
President and CEO, Hazelden Foundation

Joe Selvaggio ‘80
Founder, The 1% Club & MicroGrants

Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas ‘07
Foundation Manager, The Mosaic Co.

Sandy Vargas ‘95
President and CEO, The Minneapolis Foundation

Stephen B. Wellington, Jr. ‘83
President, Wellington Management

Tene Wells ‘12
Principal, Tene Wells Consulting and Former President, WomenVenture

Recruiting and Selection Timeline:

Applications open                                           September 5, 2013
Applications close                                           12:00 PM CDT, October 14, 2013
Initial review                                                     October 16 – November 15, 2013
Applicants notified; finalists selected     December 16,  2013
Final selection committee interviews     February 6 – 15, 2014
All finalists notified by                                 February 21
Announce 2014 Bush Fellows                     March  2014