ZSR Launches All For NC Fellowship An initiative of ZSR’s Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy that seeks to invest directly in young people who have bold ideas for North Carolina


The Z.Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) is excited to announce the launch of its All For NC Fellowship. Applications for the Fellowship are now available on the Foundation’s website. The All For NC Fellowship is one of three initiatives that the Foundation is supporting under its Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy as part of All For NC: Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Framework for Grantmaking and Learning.

Through the All For NC Fellowship, the Foundation is seeking to invest directly in young innovators, change makers, visionaries, entrepreneurs and risk takers between the ages of 21 and 35 with bold ideas for how to make a difference in North Carolina and its communities. The Fellowship is a 12-month program designed to provide funding, coaching and mentoring to young people who have a vision and plan that could contribute to a better life for North Carolina’s people and communities.

“Investments in the next generation of up and coming leaders are an investment in the future of North Carolina,” said Joy Vermillion Heinsohn, assistant director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and lead staff managing the Fellowship. “The Fellowship gives young people a platform, and the opportunity to develop, cultivate and live into the North Carolina they want to see. ZSR hopes that this opportunity will unleash creativity and bold ideas that can help move the state and its communities forward.”

Selected Fellows will receive: 1) an individual stipend of $75,000 (pre-tax) for personal and project expenses incurred during the Fellowship; 2) professional growth opportunities such as one-on-one coaching; and 3) shared educational experiences in-person with peers, coaches and community leaders.

ZSR expects to fund three cohorts of Fellows over the course of five years. Fellowships will begin in Summer/Fall 2019 and end in Summer/Fall 2020. Up to five Fellows will be selected for each cohort.

Applications for the All For NC Fellowship are due on January 25, 2019 by 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Semi-finalists will be selected to interview and present to a group of panelists during the weekend of March 15-17, 2019. The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Board of Trustees will select up to five Fellows in May 2019. Preference likely will be given to Fellows with projects or initiatives that have moved beyond an initial idea and have some momentum.

In order to reflect the rich diversity of North Carolina, ZSR hopes young North Carolinians from all walks of life will consider this opportunity. We especially encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ persons and rural residents to apply.

ZSR is holding two informational webinars for anyone who is interested in learning more about the All For NC Fellowship. Dates, times and links to register are below:

Webinar #1

December 14, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8075094164701287949

Webinar #2

January 9, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4254746455994019331

Learn more about the All For NC Fellowship. Questions about the All For NC Fellowship should be directed to info@zsr.org.