Ambassador Corps Scholarships

Student working with villager in Rwanda
April Ferguson serves in Rwanda

Summer program

Ambassador Corps Scholarships, funded by the Cordes Foundation, enable eight undergraduate students to participate in the 2018 Ambassador Corps, a signature summer program of Lynn University’s Social Impact Lab.

The scholarships cover room and board, airfare, mandatory vaccinations, mentorship and coaching, and leadership programming. The program includes two components: (1) pre-departure training focused on building character and leadership, and teaching how finance and business can be tools for positive change, and (2) an internship with a social enterprise or impact investment firm in locations such as Rwanda, Macedonia and the U.S.

Jerry Hildebrand and Ron Cordes
Jerry Hildebrand, director of the Social Impact Lab, and Ron Cordes, co-founder of the Cordes Foundation

“I am passionate about helping students and young people find their purpose in the world,” said Ron D. Cordes, co-founder of the Cordes Foundation. “We just committed to help fund the summer Ambassador Corps program at the Social Impact Lab, and we’re looking for other ways to support the work of the lab.”

April Ferguson ’17, ’18 interned last summer at Red Rocks Rwanda, a youth hostel and social enterprise in Nyakinama, Rwanda. She worked to foster community between Rwanda and neighboring countries, and worked with a social enterprise, teaching English and marketing local women’s goods.

“The most memorable aspect of my work was participating in a homestay with one of the students,” she said. “In those 24 hours, I lived the life of the villagers, doing everything from farming, cleaning and cooking to fetching water. It was hard work, and I was able to apply what I learned at Lynn to my fieldwork.”

Ferguson is thrilled that others will be able to participate in the Ambassador Corps because of the new scholarships. “Coming from a large family of seven, I was fortunate to have financial support to attend Lynn,” she said. “Not many students have the opportunity to study abroad due to finances. The Cordes Foundation’s scholarships will change the lives of so many Lynn students. Thanks to the foundation’s generosity, students from all backgrounds can learn and become the global citizens they aspire to be.”

"The Cordes Foundation’s scholarships will change the lives of so many Lynn students. Thanks to the foundation's generosity, students can learn and become the global citizens they aspire to be.”

April Ferguson ’17, ’18

2018 Ambassador Corps Scholarship recipients

  • Xiara Del Valle, College of Business and Management
  • Calyssa Dion, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Raymond Francois, College of Business and Management
  • Karolina Kukolova, Conservatory of Music
  • Lucia Jimenez Martin, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Cruz Molina, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nicole Sheaks, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Faith Thomas, College of Communication and Design


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