Ron Moelis Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship

Ron Moelis Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship


Fellow Spotlight

Steven Pacheco
The Ron Moelis Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship was created to help John Jay students pursue business endeavors and opportunities that are socially responsible. That’s why Joseph Mahmud, Steven Pacheco and Donauta Watson-Starcevic, three inaugural Ron Moelis Social Innovation Fellows, started creating CONNECTr, a mobile app that will help people with criminal records find employers open to hiring them. 

The Ron Moelis Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program at John Jay College connects the best students of social justice with the most socially-responsible and innovative companies in New York City

With the generous support of the Moelis family, the program supports cohorts of fellows as they move through an interdisciplinary learning experience focused on social innovation. Rather than a conventional internship, the program combines an intense classroom-based experience, an experiential component based at partner organizations and companies, and a series of reflective workshops with social innovation experts, industry leaders, and scholars. 

All undergraduate students, regardless of major, are eligible to apply for the 2019 fellowship:

 A) if they meet the 3.25 minimum GPA requirement

 B) if they will be enrolled as undergraduate students at John Jay College in the fall of 2019.

Details of the fellowship:

In order to meet the learning objectives of the fellowship, following admission to the program in the spring semester, fellows complete an on-campus course (3-credits) with a series of experiential projects linked to partner organizations and companies.

In recognition of the high qualifications of the fellows and the high requirements of their time and efforts, a generous $3,000 stipend is awarded to each student who completes the fellowship. In addition, textbooks are provided to fellows free of charge.

Application Deadline:
Application deadline for the Fall 2019 cohort was February 22, 2019. Applications for Fall 2020 will be available in Spring 2020.

If you have questions, please contact Prof. Heath Brown at