Fenn Promotes Co-ops and Internships

For four decades, the Fenn Educational Fund (Fenn) has worked to promote cooperative education and internship programs at institutions of higher learning in Greater Cleveland. Members of the fund’s advisory board believe the region’s economic vitality depends, in part, on cooperation between educators and employers.

Students working together on a laptopIt is essential, then, that higher education aligns itself with business and civic agencies, especially in light of recent attempts to advance a coordinated economic development agenda in Northeast Ohio. Cooperative education and internships are an important way to strengthen ties between higher education and local employers.

As the region’s sole funding source devoted to cooperative education and internships, Fenn is uniquely positioned to support this key aspect of the emerging economic development plan.

If you have been invited to apply, please log in to Grants Gateway, and click the Apply for a Grant Link (Fenn Educational Fund application is at the bottom) 

For procedural application questions, please contact Grants Management at 216-615-7254 or e-mail GrantsMgmt@CleveFdn.org.

For general questions about the Fenn Educational Fund, please contact program officer Kristi Andrasik.

2013-14 Grantees

  • Baldwin Wallace University “Expanding Internships in the Public Health Sector”
  • Case Western Reserve University “Student Based Research Networks (SBRN)” in collaboration with Lorain County Community College (LCCC).
  • Cleveland State University “Engaged Learning Internship Network”
  • Cuyahoga Community College “Leveraging Strengths to Expand Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities”
  • Lake Erie College “The Lake County Collegiate Leadership Program”
  • Lakeland Community College “Geospatial Technologies Pathway Project: Mapping Success with GIS Internships”
  • Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education “Connecting Careers to Classrooms”
  • Notre Dame College “Stewardship and Sustainability: Eco-Careers for the 21st Century”

2013-14 Awards

The R. Earl Burrows Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1984 through a $15,000 gift to the Fenn Educational Fund from the Cleveland Automobile Dealers Educational Assistance Foundation. 2013-14 grantee institution: $5,000 to Notre Dame College (for two $2,500 scholarships).

The Charles J. Stilwell Scholarship was established in 1972. Four schools are eligible for grants on the basis of size and strength of their cooperative education programs: Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, and John Carroll University. 2013-14 grantee institution: $8,000 to Baldwin Wallace University (for two $4,000 scholarships).

The Henry Ford II Scholarship Awards Program was established in 1987 through a gift from the Cleveland Metropolitan Ford Dealers. The income of the gift is to be used to fund scholarships in the amounts of $1,000 each to students attending a college or university in Cuyahoga County that offers both a baccalaureate degree in one or more fields of business administration and a cooperative education program in which business students may participate. 2013-14 grantee institution: $2,000 to John Carroll University (for two $1,000 scholarships).

2014 Advisory Committee Members

  • Antonyea Ellis, Secretary
    PNCI Senior Operations Associate, Brokerage Operations Support & Services Department
    PNC Financial Services Group
  • Shana Marbury
    General Counsel and Vice President, Strategic Research and Initiatives
    Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • David Mikita, Chair
    Project Manager, Technology Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing
    Cleveland Municipal School District
  • Eric Myles
    Assistant Commissioner, HR Administration
    Cleveland Public Power
  • Debbi Perkul, Vice Chair
    Workforce Development Professional
    University Hospitals
  • Lori Petti
    Corporate Director of Learning & Development
    Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Victor Ruiz
    Executive Director
    Esperanza Inc.
  • Lydia Shinn
    Manager, Employment Services
    Medical Mutual
  • Dan Stryffeler
    Red Seal Electric
  • Darel Taylor
    Engineering Manager
    Jergens Inc.
  • John Zitzner
    Friends of Breakthrough Schools