Image features the headshots of new Fellows Avery, Jocelyn, Hal, Sarika, Sarah, Ryan, and Sabrina.

FAO Schwarz Fellowship Announces Recipients of 2023-2025 Fellowships

BOSTON — MAY 1, 2023 The FAO Schwarz Family Foundation has announced the names of the seven recipients of the 2023 FAO Schwarz Fellowship in social impact.

The Foundation supports a new cohort of outstanding recent college graduates with paid, two-year Fellowship positions each year. Fellows work at leading nonprofit organizations in three cities: Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Alumni of the Fellowship program go on to hold leadership roles at nonprofit or public service organizations and programs, attend prestigious graduate programs, and start their own organizations. This selective, domestic Fellowship is one of a few programs of its kind focused on social impact leadership.

"The candidates for this year’s positions are dedicated to social equity and so thoughtful about change. I look forward to seeing the impact they will make and watching them grow as leaders."

In Boston, Hal Taylor (Wise, VA), a Sociology and Communications Studies major from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will be a Fellow at Year Up Boston. Ryan Corrigan (Warwick, RI), a Political Science major from Loyola Maryland University, will be a Fellow at Jumpstart Boston. Jocelyn Poste (Chelsea, MA), an Anthropology/Biology Interdepartmental major from Union College, will be a Fellow at the Museum of Science.

In New York City, Sarika Doppalapudi (Chicago, IL), a Collective Memory in Public Spaces concentration from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, will work at The Whitney Museum of American Art. Avery Trinidad (New York, NY), a Sociology major from Williams College, will be a Fellow at Year Up New York City. Sabrina Abreu (Staten Island, NY), a Political Science major from Boston University, will be a Fellow at Jumpstart New York City.In Philadelphia, Sarah Diaz (Miami, Florida), an Art History major from the University of Pennsylvania will join The Barnes Foundation. 

The Fellowship program seeks recent college graduates interested in developing their potential as leaders in the world of equity and social impact. The program provides each Fellow with a two-year paid position at a leading nonprofit host organization where they gain skills, expertise, and knowledge. The Fellowship also includes professional development experiences such as retreats, mentoring, and networking.

Dr. Katerina P. King, Director of Fellowships at Williams College, says of the Fellowship program, “FAO Schwarz Fellowship is a great opportunity for students seeking professional experience that centers on service and social impact. Many of my students want careers that are meaningful and create positive change in the world, and I am always delighted to suggest the FAO Schwarz Fellowship to them. This unique program, with its attention to leadership development, and its focus on problem-solving, is the perfect way to launch a bright young person’s purposeful career.”

“It’s exciting to see so much interest in social impact careers,“ said Priscilla Cohen, Executive Director of the FAO Schwarz Fellowship Program. “The candidates for this year’s positions are dedicated to social equity and so thoughtful about change. When they join their hosts this summer, they’ll find that Fellowship positions have been carefully designed in partnership with the host organizations to ensure that they get to put their ideas to the test, gain new skills and deepen their knowledge of social change. I look forward to seeing the impact they will make and watching them grow as leaders.”


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About the 2023-2025 Host Organizations

The Barnes Foundation promotes the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture. 

Jumpstart advances equitable learning outcomes for young children in underserved communities by recruiting and supporting caring adults to deliver high-quality programming to children and drive systems change through teaching, advocacy, and leadership.

The Museum of Science aims to inspire a lifelong love of science in everyone through delightful exhibits, programs, curricula, and professional development offerings for educators. 

The Whitney Museum of American Art seeks to be the defining museum of 20th- and 21st-century American art, fostering the work of living artists at critical moments in their careers, often before their work has achieved general acceptance, and educating a diverse public through direct interaction with artists. 

Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through careers and higher education.