Bennington College Launches New Public Action Fellowship

A grant to Bennington College will fund the Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship in Public Action, which will support summer internships for students who are studying at the college’s Center for the Advancement for Public Action and are committed to public service. They will engage in projects that explore issues including human rights, the environment, democracy, and social justice while supporting the work of nonprofit organizations.

“The Henry Luce Foundation is committed to giving students and scholars the support they need to turn knowledge into action through experiential learning and active experience via Field Work Term,” said Mariko Silver, President of the Luce Foundation and former President of Bennington College.


Bennington College has been awarded a grant of $25,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation to launch the Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship in Public Action for students studying at the College’s Center for the Advancement for Public Action (CAPA).

Beginning in summer 2021, this grant will support six-week internships for at least one Bennington College student per year for the next five years, focused on one or more of CAPA’s overarching initiatives: Activating Democracy, Art and Public Action, Environment and Public Action, Human Rights and Peacebuilding, and Progressive Education.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for Bennington College students who have a serious commitment to public service to receive a fellowship for their Field Work Term,” said Susan Sgorbati, Director of CAPA. “We are so pleased that the Henry Luce Foundation has made this fellowship possible for CAPA students during this moment when it is more important than ever that students are involved in public action on the urgent problems of our time.”

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