John M. Belk Impact Fellowship

Nurturing Social Impact Leaders

In 2020 the John M. Belk Endowment and The Hunt Institute came together to develop The John M. Belk Impact Fellowship. Designed with the goal of building future leaders in the area of social impact, the Fellowship places college students in 10-month long internships with organizations focused on providing equitable access to quality education.

Fellowship Overview

The John M. Belk Impact Fellowship honors the legacy of John M. Belk – a man who exemplified servant leadership and consistently sought out ways to lift up others.

The Fellowship was developed in partnership with the John M. Belk Endowment, an organization that focuses its work on “creating pathways to and through postsecondary education for underrepresented students.”  The Fellowship is a natural extension of this vision, as Fellows are fulltime college students placed at organizations at the forefront of the fight for educational justice and opportunity. The aim is to create a disruptive force for educational equity in the state of North Carolina, empowering Fellows by ultimately creating the next generation of education change leaders.

“At the John M. Belk Endowment, we have long held a central belief that guides our work – an understanding that talent is universal, but opportunity is not. In the individuals selected in this first cohort, we see the future – one that is more inclusive, kind, capable, reflective, and representative of what our society should be.”
- MC Belk Pilon, President & Board Chair, John M. Belk Endowment

Read the press release announcing the first cohort of John M. Belk Impact Fellows, and see the inaugural cohort below!