PurposeThe Technology Foundation of the Americas (TFA) and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation have partnered to establish a fellowship program that invests in the professional development of top-performing local university engineering students and introduces them to opportunities at top-tier South Florida-based ventures.
OverviewThe eMerge Americas Fellowship program will select ten (10) sophomore, junior, and senior level engineering students from South Florida universities and colleges, including the University of Miami, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, Broward College, and Florida Atlantic University. These students will be chosen to participate in a year-long program that will expose them to key stakeholders in the South Florida ecosystem, as well as mentorship and other professional development opportunities and experiences. Deans of engineering and professors from each college/university will recommend students with maximum potential and distinct leadership qualities.
Summary and GuidelinesThe students will go through a formal application, vetting, and interview process. Ten (10) students will be chosen to join Cohort I of the eMerge Americas Fellowship. The Fellows will participate in an educational and leadership development program led by eMerge Americas staff and partners, that will help orient them on the landscape of the South Florida tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem (i.e. history, key stakeholders, etc.). The Fellows will also receive practical professional experience through job placement at leading South Florida-based tech companies and ventures. The Fellows will also receive a mentor in and/or outside of their job- placement for one-on-one mentorship opportunities. Moreover, Fellows will also participate in project-based group workshops, “field trips,” and monthly networking opportunities with key leaders in the South Florida tech and entrepreneurial community.
CriteriaCandidates must have graduated from a South Florida-based high school and be currently enrolled in their sophomore or junior year at a South Florida-based college or university.Candidates should demonstrate:
- Strong academic record (backed by dean and/or professor’s recommendation(s))
- Evidence of leadership qualities
- Potential for further growth in their field (hungry to learn)
- Entrepreneurial mindset
- Commitment to the South Florida community and their field
- Aspirations and goals that tie in to our mission
- The ability to work effectively with others