General Overview

Through the generosity of The Wonderful Company, San Joaquin Valley students will have the opportunity to become the next generation of Valley leaders through The Wonderful Public Service Graduate Fellowship. This program helps students obtain an advanced degree from a top graduate program, return home, and apply what they have learned to help make the Valley a better place.

The Maddy Institute awarded two $56,000 Fellowships to Valley students who were accepted into a nationally ranked, qualified graduate program in the fall. This Fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Lynda and Stewart Resnick, co-owners of The Wonderful Company. The Resnicks are dedicated to making the Central Valley a better place to live, work, and learn, and share the Maddy Institute’s commitment to opportunity and excellence in education for regional youth.

Each $56,000 Fellowship covers tuition and books ($25,000 per year), as well as include a summer stipend ($6,000). Upon graduation, each Fellow must return to the San Joaquin Valley and work for a government entity, social service agency or non-profit for at least two years, at the end of which the fellowship will become a forgivable loan.