Education Pioneers has announced that it has received over 10,000 applications for its prestigious Fellowship programs in the 4 year period since 2008. This includes more than 4,000 top graduate applications this year for the Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship.
"Ten thousand applicants is an incredible milestone for Education Pioneers," said Scott Morgan, Founder and CEO of Education Pioneers. "As we work to advance our goal to transform education into the best led and managed sector in the U.S. economy, I am inspired to see the caliber and volume of emerging leaders who want to apply their passion and skills to dramatically improve K-12 education in our nation."
MBA students continue to make up the largest percentage of applicants with 24%. Of the 4,000 who applied this year only 10% will be admitted, but Morgan is confident they will make an immediate impact upon the education sector. Applicants come from top graduate programs such as the Stanford Graduate School of Business and renowned education employers such as Teach for America. Fellows will bring a wide range of expert knowledge to more than 160 education organizations nationwide.
Fellows at Education Pioneers get involved implementing or advancing important teaching support and success initiatives outside the classroom. They work alongside industry experts and gain a thorough grounding in key education challenges within K-12 public education.
"Education Pioneers was my top and only choice for the summer," said Catherine Robbs, an MBA student at Harvard Business School and former Senior Associate Consultant at Bain and Company. "I am passionate about education reform, and Education Pioneers will provide me with the opportunity to understand different functional areas in education, learn where I can apply my skills most effectively, and deepen my education network for long-term impact."
Education Pioneers aims to develop 10,000 new leaders in education by its twentieth anniversary in 2023. They are currently operating from 16 cities nationwide and nearly 70% of Education Pioneer's alumni chose to continue in full time education sector leadership positions.
The Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship has both 10-week and yearlong options. There is also a 10 month Analyst Fellowship, introduced from 2010 in response to demand for skilled analytical talent within public education. This also saw a large (45%) increase in applications from last year.
Education Pioneers is a national non-profit organization founded in 2003 and dedicated to transforming education into the best led sector in the US. Since its inception it has since introduced more than 1,200 leaders into education. They recently received a $2.1 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation which they planned to use to attract and develop new managers and leaders in the education sector.