The Sankofa Circle Fellowship serves to connect, affirm, fortify, and uplift junior and senior Augsburg student leaders, through the inspiration of West African-based pillars of success, as they complete their undergraduate degrees and transition into their postundergraduate journeys, where they will continue to interrupt and dismantle anti-Black racism, racism, white supremacy, and other forms of oppression.
Sankofa Circle Fellowship Staff
- To help fellows grow a professional network while nearing graduation.
Fellows will be provided with opportunities to build and connect with formal and informal professional networks that will enhance their ability to accomplish their post-undergraduate goals.
- To connect fellows with professional Black (or Indigenous and people of color) mentors.
Fellows will be matched with a mentor and benefit from a mentor-mentee relationship that includes a focus on the role racial identity plays in professional settings through a lens of critical consciousness.
- To strengthen fellows’ leadership skills based on Afrocentric principles.
Fellows will be provided with the opportunity to depart from narrow, Western European-based understandings of leadership and instead center on four Adinkra symbols situated as the fellowship’s pillars of success.
- To create supportive and motivating cohorts for fellows.
Fellows will be provided with intentional program time to build dynamic relationships within their cohorts during their junior and senior undergraduate years.
Pillars of Success
- Currently enrolled at Augsburg University as an undergraduate day student
- Rising junior or senior student*
- Registered for the Inclusion Scholars Program
- Making satisfactory academic progress toward graduation
- Adhere to the university’s standards of conduct
- Strong understanding of Black history in the United States
- Strong understanding of Black-lived experiences in the United States
- Strong understanding of past and current racial and social injustice in the United States
- Experience leading and/or organizing programs, events, or projects that serve to create or advance a racially just and equitable society
*Student status is designated by credits earned.
- $5,000 tuition gift* (distributed as $2,500 for fall semester and $2,500 for spring semester)
- $500 textbook gift (distributed as $250 for fall semester and $250 for spring semester)
- Participation in a national conference focused on advancing racial and social justice
- Opportunity for two-year fellowship participation
*The combination of any Augsburg University gift aid, along with the federal Pell Grant and Federal
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and the Minnesota State grant, cannot exceed the cost of
Augsburg University tuition and direct fees. This means there is a possibility that a scholarship winner may not receive the full scholarship amount.
Sankofa Circle Fellowship Program
Applications for the 2022-2023 cohort will be available in May 2022!
For more information about the Sankofa Circle Fellowship, contact the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-330-1126.