The Appel Fellowship for First Year Students

  • 2019-20 Appel Fellows

The Appel Fellowship provides first-year students up to $3500 for domestic projects and up to $5000 for international projects to support purposeful, independent experiences that culminate in a meaningful writing project. This Fellowship is meant to enhance the first-year experience by encouraging students to engage in independent writing projects that have the potential to be life-transforming. The ultimate goals of the Appel fellowship are to give students an opportunity to experience writing in a way that may shape the course of their lives in new and exciting ways and to encourage students to share these experiences with others by crafting a written project.

Please visit CMC’s Sponsored Internship page to apply.

Appel Fellowship Faculty Advisor Guide

Story: Appel Fellowship takes CMC student writers across the globe


2019-2020 Appel Fellows

  • Axel Ahdritz ’22: A song album and journal inspired by the refugee population in Jordan and Germany.
  • T.J. Askew ’22: A series of essays inspired by travels along the Pacific Crest Trail to Fairbanks Alaska and based upon the experiences of Chris McCandless.
  • Raj Bhutoria ’22: Articles that examine the intersection of family history and national identity in India.
  • Alex Futterman ’22: Essays based on interviews held with extreme athletes in Chile, Peru, and New Zealand.
  • Maria Gutierrez-Vera ’22: Vignettes - inspired by the work of Sandra Cisneros - that capture the experiences of the author’s grandmother.
  • Madelyn Kwun ’22: A children's book that introduces young readers to Asian-American history and culture, based on travels through South Korea.
  • Alison Marouk-Coe & Shania Sharna (’22): An experiment in immersive empathy based on travels to locations - such as Mumbai and Beijing - that are significant to the authors.
  • Madison Menard ’22: A photojournalism series that represents the culture of "historic soccer" in rival Italian provinces.
  • Marisa Mestichella ’22: A documentary and "how-to" guide to street performance, based on travels to New York, New Orleans, and Nashville.
  • Serena Myjer ’22: Essays inspired by the work of John Muir created while the author walks the John Muir Trail.
  • Robin Peterson ’22: A short story collection that represents the experiences of refugees in Jordan.
  • Daenerys Pineda ’22: A series of short stories depicting heritage sites in Northern California.
  • Courtney Reed ’22: A documentary that represents the history of the hair industry in Atlanta, China, and India.
  • Toluwani Roberts ’22: A zine featuring essayettes, poetry, and interviews related to the expression of spirituality and the natural world in Equador.
  • Dorcas Saka ’22: Short stories that represent the experiences of Muslim communities in Chicago, New Jersey, Arkansas, and Arizona.
  • Kyril Van Schendel (’22) A documentary film based on the author's experiences distance running in the South West U.S.
  • Sobechukwu Uwajeh ’22: A podcast series that examines the impact gentrification has had upon people of color in Chicago and New York.
  • Laura Vences (’22): A zine that explores the connections between immigration, labor, and the Latinx community in several U.S. cities.
  • Kimberly Zamora-Delgado (’22): A collection of stories based on interviews with park rangers and visitors at National Parks on the west coast of the U.S.

2018-2019 Appel Fellows

Skyler Addison ’21
Elena Castellanos ’21
John Church ’21
Jennifer Collao ’21
Sevion DaCosta ’21
Emma David ’21
Sabrina Hartono ’21
Nate Huntington ’21
Benjamin McAnally ’21
Angel Ornelas ’21
Hephzibah Oyibo ’21
Nandeeni Patel ’21
Elton Smole ’21
Andria Tattersfield ’21

2017-2018 Appel Fellows

Nick Sage ’20
Jafar Daniel ’20
Gabe Gluskin-Braun ’20
Shreya Bhatnagar ’20
Taylor Hughes ’20
Isaiah Tulanda ’20
Zoey Ryu ’20
Becky Chung ’20


2016-2017 Appel Fellows

Chloe Cho ’19
Emma Henson ’19
Valerie Huang ’19
Nick LaBerge ’19
Blake Lapin ’19
Bryn Miller ’19
Reyna Wang ’19
Melia Wong ’19

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