Marquette University - Trinity Fellows Program

Why you should consider this program

The Trinity Fellows Program of Marquette University, a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Wis., was created in keeping with an ideal central to the university's mission - the promotion of justice and faith through service - to develop urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. 

Trinity Fellows complete a master’s degree in 21 months, while serving in substantial, meaningful roles within a nonprofit or public organization for the entire length of their fellowship. Fellows are selected based upon their academic achievement, passion for service and social justice, and leadership potential. They receive a generous financial package that including a full-tuition scholarship and monthly stipend.  Fellows are a part of an interdisciplinary cohort which enhances the understanding and application of complex issues faced in the classroom and the field. Fellows participate in personal and professional reflection and professional development opportunities, and graduate prepared to lead and be the difference in their communities.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 76,565 $ 71,565 $ 5,000
Out of state $ 76,565 $ 71,565 $ 5,000
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Fellows receive a full tuition scholarship, monthly stipend, health insurance supplement, and work placement while in the fellowship. The Fellowship is funded primarily through a grant from the Burke Foundation and support from Marquette University. Agency partners pay a monthly stipend to place a Fellow at their agency. 

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

In addition to a full tuition scholarship to Marquette University, a monthly stipend of $1,765 is provided to cover books and living expenses. Fellows have access to personal and professional development opportunities, and funds for cohort social activities. Fellows take three core courses with their cohort, focused on current trends in the nonprofit sector, the nature of cities and public policy, and social justice/social activism. Fellows have opportunities to connect and network with over 200+ Trinity Fellows alumni around the world.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 15,000

Application fee waived?



In addition to full-time studies, fellows work on substantive projects designed by selected nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee. Fellows work at their agency-based graduate assistantships for the length of the fellowship; 18 hours per week during the two academic years and 40 hours per week during the summer between academic years. Agency partners have included neighborhood centers, arts & cultural institutions, youth-serving agencies, schools, family & community foundations, economic development organizations, and health agencies. Fellowship roles have included: Development & Communication Associate, Volunteer Program Manager, Civic Engagement Research Coordinator, Special Assistant to Head of School, College Transition Coordinator, Community Partnership Manager, Training & Evaluation Coordinator, Public Relations & Advocacy Coordinator, Program Analyst, and Finance & Administration Manager. 

For more examples of Trinity Fellows placements, CLICK HERE

Jobs for program alumni

  • Associate Professor - Humboldt State University, CA
  • Director of Training & Education - Kenosha Area Business Alliance, WI
  • Director of Division of Policy, Planning and Evaluation - Administration for Native Americans, Washington, D.C.
  • Diplomat – US State Department
  • President & CEO – Chicago Scholars Foundation
  • Director of Presidential Affairs, Interim Director the Research Center for Women and Girls - Alverno College, WI
  • Program Manager – Athletes for Hope, NY
  • Program Officer-Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, Baltimore, MD
  • Community Reinvestment Act Officer - River Valley Bank, WI
  • Foreign Service Officer – US Department of State
  • Associate Director, Center for Engagement and Neighborhood Building - Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Milwaukee, WI
  • Senior Manager – Accenture, Chicago, IL
  • Water Resource Engineer – HC2M, Milwaukee, WI
  • Development Manager, ChangeLab Solutions, Oakland, CA
  • Dean of Performance & Innovation- Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Milwaukee, WI

Learn more about our alumni, CLICK HERE

Other details

Program length

21 months

Application requirements

Applicant must meet the admission requirements of the Marquette University  academic graduate program of choice. In addition, submit the following: 

  • Resume  
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (1 Service/Professional, 1 Academic)
  • 2 Essays & Answer 3 Brief Questions 
  • Signed Description of Service (DOS) or Summary of Service

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Admissions process

Applicants must complete application by January 15th. The Trinity Fellows Advisory Board will select final candidates.

Fellowship award notifications are sent in mid-March. Awards must be accepted by April 15th. Work placements for Fellows are confirmed through a matching process, with placements confirmed and finalized in May.  

Program begins

Mid August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Alisha Klapps Balistreri, Interim Director

707 Building Suite 303
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201