National Focus Forward Fellowship kicks off in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University (MFRI), partnering with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Got Your 6, today kicked off the second cohort of this summer’s Focus Forward Fellowship.

Fellows are competitively selected and attend this program on scholarship. It is designed to build skills, leadership and a sense of community among women student veterans and other military-connected women. The national cohort, supported by a grant from Got Your 6, begins with the residency portion and is followed by web-based activities scheduled throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. 

MFRI created the Fellowship last year to engage and educate top-notch women veterans enrolled in higher education institutions. 2017's first cohort took place June 7-11 on the campus of Colorado State University (CSU), with 11 women attending.

In Indianapolis, women with diverse backgrounds and professional experiences came from 14 colleges and universities in across the nation, representing the all branches of the military.

“Our Fellows have shared with us that this is a transformative program for them,” said Lauren Runco, director of education and employment at MFRI. “I can’t wait to see how this year’s Fellows continue to grow and change as they explore new topics and build a community of support.”