ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.
“I am interested in the Millennium Fellowship because I want to connect with students and professionals on my campus and around the world who are as passionate about leadership, public service, and social impact as I am.
Since coming to Cornell, I have met inspiring students and faculty who helped me develop my world view and have challenged me academically and professionally. Through my volunteer work and involvement with different groups on- and off-campus, I have developed a mission to bring about positive change. I believe the Millennium Fellowship can provide me with a good platform to do exactly that.”
Millennium Fellowship Project: Food Waste Feedback
Michael's project is in collaboration with the World Economic Forum Ithaca Global Shapers Hub. The project aims to build several biodigesters which can be placed in the greater Ithaca area. A biodigester takes food waste, sits it inside a sealed container, and generates fertilizer. It is like a compost but an added bonus of methane is produced which we can capture and potentially monetize. Biodigesters can be placed in a public square or wherever food scraps are collected. Through his project, Michael hopes to advance the sustainability of cities and communities.
About the Millennium Fellow
Michael Pocress is an undergraduate student studying applied economics and management at the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Micheal's academic interests include economics, law, and developmental studies. On campus, Michael is actively involved in the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community and the Emerging Markets Institute - a think tank focused on the global economy, geopolitics, and economic development.
Connect with Michael via LinkedIn.