Schott Foundation for Public Education Fellows are thought and action leaders committed to elevating the importance of strengthening the opportunity to learn for all children in the public education system by addressing persistent racial, gender and economic inequities. Through the nonresidential fellowship, Fellows use their policy, journalistic, business, narrative change and media platforms to inform and inspire the engagement of other leaders to help build the public and political will to provide all students an opportunity to learn and to thrive.
Each year Schott selects up to four fellows (Public Education, Racial Justice, Gender Equity, Youth Empowerment) who have extensive experience and a strong body of work related to racial or gender justice, public education advocacy, narrative change, grassroots organizing and media influence. The Schott Foundation Fellowship is action-oriented. The program works with a set of strategic partners to enhance the impact of the collaboration between each Fellow and the Schott Foundation to build public engagement, increase political will, spark cultural shifts and lead policy reforms.
Nikole Hannah-Jones — First Fellow in Inaugural Year of Schott Program
Nikole Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative reporter who covers civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. Nikole got hooked on journalism when she joined her high school newspaper and began writing about students like her, who were bused across town as part of a voluntary school desegregation program.
Her heroes are the race beat reporters, such as Ida B. Wells, Ethel Payne, Simeon Booker and Claude Sitton, whose fearless coverage helped move this nation closer to its promise.