Millennium Fellowship Alumni Spotlight

In 2018, Richard Ling was instrumental in launching the Millennium Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. With just four days until the final deadline, Richard grew the Penn applicant pool from four to 28 applicants! Learn what motivated Richard and how he helped build such a robust cohort on campus.

Richard, it is wonderful to catch up with you. Take us back to the beginning. How did you first hear about the Millennium Fellowship? “I actually found out about it on my own. I was working on hosting a competition at Penn called Sustainable Solutions that invited college students in the Philadelphia area to submit a project that addressed the SDGs. The Millennium Fellowship was the perfect way to advance the project.”

What motivated you to help build a Millennium Fellowship cohort at Penn?