The Fellowship Experience 

The El Pomar Fellowship is a highly selective, two-year post-undergraduate leadership training program that takes place in Colorado Springs and develops rising leaders who are invested in the well-being of Colorado communities. It is designed to bring together highly qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests, and develop them into effective leaders for the public, private and nonprofit sectors. By engaging with the Foundation’s work throughout Colorado, Fellows develop professional skills, learn about the role of philanthropy in the nonprofit sector, and gain direct management experience.

The First Year

The core work experience of the Fellows is to staff and manage the Foundation's programs, from Awards for Excellence to the Regional Partnerships. The first year of the Fellowship is dedicated to skill-building, nonprofit sector education and exploring the theoretical framework of leadership. More importantly, first year Fellows experience rapid personal and professional growth in the supportive environment of the Foundation.                                                                                        

First Year Themes

The Second Year

In their second year, Fellows put their skills and self-understanding into practice, enhancing their experience through increased responsibility in training and development. Second year Fellows become coordinators of the Foundation's regional activities and directors of  various programs. Second year Fellows are empowered to pursue informational interviews, administrative days, and externships to help determine the next step in their career paths.