ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2018
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2018, students applied to join the Class of 2018 on 285 campuses across 57 nations. 30 campuses worldwide (just 11%) were selected to host the 530 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year.
The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 310,000 people worldwide this year.
“Excitement, determination, and are a few words I could use to describe how I feel for having this opportunity to be a Millennium Fellow. I look forward to being part of a larger community of ambitious and highly motivated students, who have made it their purpose to advocate for the greater good of humanity. Most importantly, I view it as a learning experience, for it is only through constant self-improvement that we can improve the lives of those around us.”
Millennium Fellowship Project
The Sustainable Solutions project is a competition at the University of Pennsylvania that invites both Penn students and Philadelphia high school students to innovate actionable solutions to be implemented in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals locally. Essentially, they hope to raise awareness of sustainability issues at Penn and in Philadelphia in order to forge student-led innovation. Their goal is to have at least 500 students take part in our information sessions leading up to the competition, motivate more students by showcasing successful projects across the globe, and to demonstrate that sustainability is accessible regardless of major or grade level. The project is committed to advancing Sustainable Goal #11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, and UN Academic Impact Principle #9: A commitment to promoting sustainability through education.
About the Millennium Fellow
Maria is a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Electrical Engineering and possibly minoring in German. Born and raised in Kenya, she grew a passion for realizing a "brighter" Kenyan future, seeing as a significant portion of the country is yet to benefit from the national electricity grid. This has played a key role in shaping the trajectory of her college and career interests. She is a proud historian and dancer in African Rhythms Drum and Dance Troupe, the Chief of Marketing for the Society of African Internationals at Penn. She is also actively involved in Fossil Free Penn and Sustainable Solutions, organizations on campus that are aimed at "localizing the SGD's."