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. (Note: On-line programs do not qualify for this Fellowship.)

The Maddy Institute will award two $56,000 Fellowships to Valley students who are accepted into a nationally ranked, qualified graduate program in the fall of 2020. This Fellowship, now in its fourth year, 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 would cover 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.

The Fellowship deadlines are:

Friday, February 28th, 2020 Application must be postmarked, delivered, emailed or faxed by 5 p.m. PDT

* March: Applications Reviewed and Interviews Conducted

* Mid April: Selection Decision Announced (Date may change, in that case all applicants will be notified).

Please note that Maddy Legislative Interns and residents from Kern and Kings County will be given special consideration. As a result, you may want to apply for Maddy Legislative Intern opportunities so you can note your acceptance in the Maddy Legislative Intern program in your Wonderful Graduate Fellowship application.  You can learn more about The Maddy Legislative Intern Program here.

Please note: the San Joaquin Valley is comprised of Kern, Kings, Tulare, Fresno, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties. On-line programs do not qualify for this Fellowship.

For more information about The Kenneth L. Maddy Institute, contact the institute at 559-278-1133 or