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Soderquist Fellowship program

The Soderquist Fellowship program offers talented individuals the opportunity to receive a full scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree at John Brown University while working for Milestone Leadership. This model of applied academics brings students together with practitioners in a dynamic professional setting. Milestone Leadership has partnered with John Brown University.

Fellowship Highlights

Full scholarship to pursue one of multiple Master’s degree programs at John Brown University, a private, non-denominational Christian University, ranked by U.S. News as one of the top regional universities in the South. Here are several excellent options:

  • Masters of Business Administration
    • MBA
    • MBA, International Business
    • MBA, Market Research & Consumer Insights
    • MBA, Design Thinking & Innovation
    • MBA, Healthcare Administration
    • MBA, Cybersecurity
  • Masters of Science
    • MS, Leadership
    • MS, Outdoor Program Management
    • MS, Design Thinking & Innovation

Monthly Stipend for work as a Project Coordinator for Milestone Leadership.

Access to top leaders. Across a spectrum of industries ranging from Fortune 100 to nonprofit, Milestone Leadership engages with dynamic movers and shakers.

Exciting environment to study business. The Northwest Arkansas region is home to the corporate offices of Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt, as well as approximately 1,500 Walmart suppliers.

Incomparable experience and opportunity. Fellows are immersed in a small, fast-paced team environment that offers the chance to lead key projects, innovate and create organizational culture—simultaneously gaining invaluable professional experience while obtaining a Master’s degree.

Career acceleration. Our Fellowship graduates have gone on to do amazing things, ranging from earning a Doctorate, running a top-performing team and even starting a life-saving nonprofit.

A limited number of Soderquist Fellowships are available each academic year. Successful applicants are able to demonstrate strong leadership skills, personal initiative, flexibility, and a willingness to learn by experience.

Before being considered for a fellowship, candidates must apply for admission to the Graduate program through the JBU Graduate Admissions Office. Provisional fellowships may be awarded upon approval by Milestone Leadership and the Director(s) of Graduate Programs. Milestone Leadership will receive all submitted transcripts and letters of recommendation. Full award of a fellowship will not take place until all admission requirements have been met with the JBU Graduate School.

About Fellowship

Milestone Leadership is dedicated to developing values-based leaders around the world. Since our founding in 1998, Milestone Leadership has worked with hundreds of organizations and impacted thousands of leaders who are making a difference in the marketplace today. Milestone Leadership achieves its mission of Building Leaders Worth Following by providing leadership development to a diverse array of individuals, teams, and organizations.

Why become a Soderquist Fellow?

“The Soderquist Fellowship challenged me in every way possible. The amount of trust extended to young professionals in the Fellowship allows room for growth and development. The Milestone Leadership team is truly a family that leads with love and trust.

“As a new professional, I received exposure to a multitude of industries and individuals. Throughout my time with the Soderquist Fellowship, I found myself sitting with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and experienced leaders from over 40 different industries. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to connect with leaders from different walks of life. Milestone Leadership challenged me to articulate my values. At a young age, I was given a solid environment to express who I am, what I believe, and what I stand for. The lessons gleaned from such exposure were a pivotal part of my early career.

“The growth and development that came from the Soderquist Fellowship has been the foundation of my professional career. I am forever thankful for this experience and Milestone Leadership for believing in me and pushing me to be the person I am today. Milestone Leadership is truly building leaders worth following.

Marisa Judson – 2019 Graduate

We invite you to apply for the Soderquist Fellowship

We will begin accepting applications on October 1, 2020 and the final deadline for submissions is February 1, 2021. Interviews will take place in February and March, and the start date for selected candidates is June 7, 2021.

Please send your resume, cover letter and detailed answers to each of the four essay questions listed below to Stephanie Brown at SBrown@milestoneleadership.com.

NOTE: Applicants must be accepted to John Brown University’s graduate business school to be considered for the Soderquist Fellowship.

  1. What are your career aspirations?
  2. What led you to apply for the Soderquist Fellowship?
  3. Describe a dilemma you have faced as a leader and how you were able to solve it.
  4. What is your perception of why the Fellowship is a part of the Milestone business model?
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