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The Halloran Fellowship

Equipping aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders in and around Bradford, PA with the skills, resources, and experience to scale their impact.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Final Application deadline is August 15th, 2024.

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Meet the 2023 Halloran Fellows

Jessica Havers, ABC Training Center, 2023 Halloran Fellow

By joining the Halloran Fellowship, powered by Watson Institute, you will embark on a transformative journey in the heart of Bradford. It will provide hands-on entrepreneurial training, personalized mentorship, and venture development support that’ll ignite your rural dreams. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, innovator, or leader, the Halloran Fellowship is your ticket to bringing fresh, innovative ideas to life right here in the Bradford Area.

Dates & Details

  • Dates: September 7th to December 12th, 2024. (14-week fellowship)
  • Format: Weekly virtual workshops with localized gatherings and events when possible. Virtual Sessions are held from September 9th to December 9th, 2024 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm ET.
  • In-Person Immersive: The program begins with a mandatory 2-day in-person immersive experience in the Bradford Area, scheduled for September 7th and 8th, 2024, from 10 am to 3 pm ET.
  • In-Person Components: Weekly In-Person Community Building and Impact Sessions from Sept. 12th – Dec. 5th,2024. 2 Day Trips in October and November 2024.
  • Training: Fellows will engage in weekly expert-led modules covering subjects including Problem, Solution, Team Management, and Pitch.
  • Impact Series: Renowned leaders, entrepreneurs, and practitioners join the fellowships we empower to share their entrepreneurial journey and experience, as well as mentor the Fellows. See previous Impact Series Speakers here.
  • Basecamp: Basecamp, a term coined by Watson Institute, refers to a 1-2 day Impact Workshop led by a collaborative group of Fellows. Its purpose is to gather a minimum participant base, allowing Fellows to share their venture work, receive feedback, and network. Basecamps also offer participants a hands-on experience in exploring social impact through entrepreneurship.
  • Summit: This is the culminating in-person community event where Fellows pitch to local leaders, funders, and entrepreneurs to be held in the Bradford Area, on December 12th, 2024.
  • Venture Development Stipend: A venture development stipend will be distributed among the Fellows based on progress and impact throughout the Fellowship.


  • Who You Are:
    • You are an aspiring and early-stage entrepreneur, innovator, and leader who is eager to commit to a robust entrepreneurial training program.
    • You possess an entrepreneurial spirit, a growth mindset, and a drive to become an effective leader within your community.
    • You have demonstrated interest in leading or launching projects addressing key community issues in Bradford, PA and surrounding areas.
    • You are based around Bradford, PA and able to attend in-person programming.
    • You are committed to or interested in supporting underrepresented and underserved communities through entrepreneurship and business.

    Where You Create Impact: Applicants located in or creating impact in markets across Bradford, PA are preferred.

    •     If your location is not listed above, we encourage you to explore other fellowships powered by Watson Institute. We are currently recruiting for several impactful fellowship opportunities across a diverse range of locations.

    What You Are Looking For:

    •     You are seeking expert-guided entrepreneurial training, a community of entrepreneurs to provide feedback that enhances your venture, and a broad-reaching mentor network to develop your leadership abilities and amplify the impact of your venture.
    •     You are eager for an opportunity to challenge yourself by leading a Basecamp event, stepping out of your comfort zone, and spearheading an initiative that benefits your venture while serving your stakeholders and community.

What You Will Accomplish


Embark on a transformative journey with the Halloran Fellowship in Bradford, PA, where the collaborative support of Watson Institute and Halloran Philanthropies teams propel your entrepreneurial growth. This fellowship equips you with a strategic roadmap, mentorship, and award-winning training, empowering you to scale your venture and impact, deliver compelling pitches to potential investors, and lead impactful workshop events (known as Basecamps) for the community with a stipend, playbook, and a dedicated team, providing the essential resources to bring your visionary ideas to life.

Application Process

1. Applications Submitted: Complete the online application. This application should take approximately 30 minutes to fill out. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The final deadline for application submissions is August 15th, 2024.

2. First Round Review: Our Admissions Committee diligently reviews all applications, seeking entrepreneurs who demonstrate strong leadership qualities and ventures that are both innovative and scalable. Applications received after the deadline will be assessed on a rolling basis as needed.

3. Interview: Qualified applicants will receive invitations for a 20-minute one-on-one Zoom interview. This interview allows us to delve deeper into your motivations for pursuing the fellowship and to gain a better understanding of your venture. Interviews will be done on a rolling basis.

4. Acceptances Announced: Notifications of acceptance will be sent out on a rolling basis.

5. Fellows Confirm & Enroll: The final step to complete your enrollment is to confirm your commitment to the program. Upon confirmation, you will receive an invitation to participate in a “Meet the Cohort Webinar” event leading up to the program’s commencement. The program begins September 7th, 2024.

Program Elements

Explore the Halloran Fellowship—your gateway to award-winning training, mentorship, and a tight-knit community in our flourishing landscape. Propel your venture, shape your career, and embrace the spirit of community for a brighter future.

Pay the Impact Forward: Empower Your Communities through Basecamps


Grow your leadership skills, build local partnerships, and expand your impact by facilitating a Watson Institute Basecamp in your community.

Fellows are divided into two groups and receive training, a playbook, and a financial stipend to facilitate a Basecamp – Basecamp, a term coined by Watson Institute, refers to a 1-2 day Impact Workshop led by a collaborative group of Fellows. Its purpose is to gather a minimum participant base, allowing Fellows to share their venture work, receive feedback, and network. Basecamps also offer participants a hands-on experience in exploring social impact through entrepreneurship. As a key deliverable of the Halloran Fellowship, all Fellows will facilitate a Basecamp event during their time in the program.

Fellowships are designed to educate, empower, and drive impact, with each element of the program contributing towards the long-term impact of the Halloran Fellows and their communities. Basecamps stand as a pillar of this journey. Fellows who have led successful Basecamps have unlocked opportunities for new partnerships, additional funding avenues, media exposure, and have created a ripple effect of deeper impact within the Bradford Area.

Learn More

In its inaugural year, the Halloran Fellowship made a profound impact on over 60 members within the local community and university.

Through their dedicated Basecamp initiative, Halloran Fellowship Fellows not only forged meaningful connections but also expanded their networks by engaging with and adding over 25 influential local leaders.

Watson Alumni are Making an Impact

Watson Institute’s 447 Alumni from 81 countries have raised over $185 million in capital for their ventures, created over 1,900 part or full-time jobs, and impacted over 10 million people around the world through initiatives they help lead. Watson Institute’s alumni have been selected to Y Combinator, the Echoing Green Fellowship and Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, and continued their education at Harvard University, New York University, and Princeton University, among others


Beauty Products

Maur Shembeda ’23 | Bloom Organic Beauty Bar

Mauri is the Founder of Bloom Organic Beauty Bar, which currently has over 129 clients who use her salon which includes a carefully curated collection of natural products and wellness services. Mauri is a devoted advocate for conscious consumer choices, offering educational workshops to empower her clients to embrace a more eco-friendly approach to beauty and wellness. Mauri hopes to expand the services Bloom provides to include skin


Ryan Mongillo ‘23 | Crew Machining LLC

Crew Machining LLC, a Bradford-based crafting business, excels in repairs for local businesses and households. With a focus on crafting quality industrial goods, they aim to supply neighboring shops in the area. Notably, they’ve completed successful projects for Pennsylvania’s State Line Supply Company, underscoring their commitment to excellence. Through the Halloran Fellowship, Ryan homes to expand upon his financial skills to help accelerate the company’s growth.

Sports & Recreation

Ashton Beckerink ‘23 | Sports & Recreation

Ashton is a student-athlete at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She plays softball and hopes to develop a sports complex in the Bradford Area to create opportunities for students in her community to have easier access to training facilities so that they may succeed in their athletic careers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Life Experience Credits from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford?

Life Experience Credits are credits that can be applied to any University of Pittsburgh at Bradford degree and they do not affect your financial aid. The term “Life Experience” is simply assigned by the university.

These credits will only be applicable to University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Students.

What is a Venture Development Stipend?

The venture development stipend is essentially money one uses to start or invest in their venture and is a pool of money provided by our partner: Halloran Philanthropies. This pool of money will be divided into smaller pools of funding and can be earned by Fellows contingent on their active participation in the program, leading a Basecamp, and successfully completing the workshop-related checkpoint assignments.

What is the eligibility for this program

We prioritize individuals who are fully committed to actively participating in the entire four-month program. At the heart of our program is a strong sense of community, and its success hinges on the active engagement and enthusiasm of all participants, who are eager to both learn and share.

What are social issues and what if I don't have one in mind?

Social issues are defined as problems that affect many people within a society. The Bradford Area, like many other small communities, faces social issues such as poverty, unemployment, addiction, prejudice, generational poverty, suicide/mental illness, and crime, amongst others. If you have a business idea, you undoubtedly will be addressing at least one of these social issues. This program will help you identify just how to do both.

What are the eligibility requirements for the Venture Development Stipend?

Fellows have the potential to receive a venture development stipend of up to $4000 contingent on their active participation in the program, leading a Basecamp, and successfully completing the workshop-related checkpoint assignments. In addition, all Fellows are eligible to receive a stipend to support the implementation of their Basecamp.

How Selective is this program?

We receive a high volume of applications each year and have a 3% selectivity rate for our programs

What are the costs associated with this program (travel, fees, deposit, etc.)?

Fellows may be responsible for some travel expenses and meals during in-person programming. No fees are collected or directly associated with this Fellowship.

What is the Halloran Fellowship schedule like?

  • The Fellowship begins with a 2-day immersive experience on September 7th and 8th, 2024.
  • After that, from September 9th to December 9th, we have virtual sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays each week, in which we ask all Fellows to join at the same time (prospectively 10:30am-12:30PM ET).
  • From September 12th to December 5th, we will also have (roughly) 2-hour In-Person Community Building/Impact Sessions on Thursdays (prospectively 10:30am-12:30PM ET) in the community.
  • On October 3rd and November 7th, we have day trips.
  • We ask that you inform us if you do not have access to transportation, and/or if the ATA is not available to you at these times.
  • The culminating event: Summit, will be held on December 12th, 2024, the last Thursday of programming at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

What is the application review timeline?

We understand the substantial interest in our program and strive to provide prompt responses. Decisions will be dispatched during the week of August 15th, 2024. Your patience during this process is greatly appreciated.

Is there an age restriction?

There are no age restrictions.  The average age for the fellows is 25.  If you meet the other eligibility criteria, we encourage you to apply. The Fellowship is fully open to both the Bradford Area Community and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students.

Can I apply if my location or country is not listed under the priority locations or country?

Unfortunately, we are not able to consider applications outside the geographies listed above. However, we run numerous programs a year and are likely to have an opportunity for you in the future. We encourage you to check back regularly and reach out to Watson Institute’s team members for more information.

If you have another question or need assistance.

For all other questions, please reach out to Angelique Newhouse at

Halloran Philanthropies is a family foundation based out of Pennsylvania with a mission to inspire, innovate, and accelerate sustainable social interventions that promote human wellbeing. Watson Institute has been fortunate to partner with Halloran Philanthropies since 2013. The inaugural Halloran Fellowship is part of our joint commitment to deepen and expand the budding entrepreneurial ecosystem in Bradford, PA.