YI Scholars

The application for the 2017 YI Scholars undergraduate fellowship program is now open.  Apply Now

** New dates for our “Tips on Submitting a Successful Application” Webinars have been scheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2017.**
Register for 2 pm ET or 6pm ET 

Young Invincibles and the Cognosante Foundation, the charitable arm of Cognosante, have teamed on the YI Scholars fellowship program, which offers first-generation college students the opportunity to join the Young Invincibles team in working on today’s most pressing economic issues facing young adults.

During the course of the summer, YI Scholars build a range of skills related to research and public policy, communications, community organizing and business. Scholars serve as integral members of Young Invincibles and YI Advisors departments for the 10-week paid program, helping to support research projects, policy initiatives, digital and traditional media strategies, on-the-ground organizing, issue advocacy campaigns, consulting and beyond.

This past summer, the class increased from last years’ five fellows to eight: four fellows participated in the program from the Young Invincibles Washington, D.C. office, two fellows from the Chicago, IL office, and an additional two from the Houston, TX office.

Send questions about the YI Scholars program or application process to:  yischolars@younginvincibles.org


For a look at contributions and personal reflections from the program, check out the YI Scholar Blog.

Get to know our 2016 scholars:


Bryce Arguello Lindsey

Bryce is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia where she is double majoring in Global Development Studies and Economics. She has worked as a research assistant in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics where she helped to analyze how to best integrate people recovering from mental illness back in to society through political involvement. She has also served as an international intern in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the Bangladesh Centre for Human Rights and Development. She loves working with young people and currently works at Charlottesville High School in Virginia as a mentor for the Becoming a Global Citizen course where she is helping students to help develop and execute a plan to address a social justice issue that impacts the local student community.

Aarzu Maknojia

Aarzu Maknojia is an undergraduate student at George Washington University with a major in International Affairs, a concentration in Security Policy, and a minor in Math. A formerly nationally competitive debater in high school in Texas, she now coaches a debate team here in Washington, DC. She is primarily interested in understanding the intersection of organizing and policy work. Having been born and raised in the Greater Houston Area, she is hoping to help the youth of the local community be even more successful.



Holly Joy Wagner

Hollie is a first generation student from Chicago and received her BA from the Evergreen State College in Philosophy & the Political Economy of Education. She is a 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Scholar and served on the scholar association board as Northwest Regional Chair. Hollie is an advocate for youth rights and education reform, working as an art and social justice educator and Impact Fellow at Youth and Opportunity United in Evanston, IL. Her work in youth organizing has included hosting teach-ins and community discussions on student debt, physical and mental health issues for low-income students, racial and socioeconomic inequality in K-12 and higher ed., multicultural curriculum, and democracy in education. Hollie plans to continue her work in social justice, philosophy and education in graduate school in 2017.

PatriciaPatricia Rodriquez

Patricia Rodriquez is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Political Science. She is involved with student government on campus as a Student Senator and is also the Community and Government Affairs Chairperson of the Illinois Student Senate. Patricia is involved with faculty on campus through her participation in the Campus Committee on General University Policy and Political Science Advisory Board. She became involved with Young Invincibles by working with the group to create pressure for the state legislature to fund MAP grants during the budget impasse and later joined their Youth Advisory Board.


Beatrice Ohene-Okae

Beatrice is a rising senior at the University of Mary Washington pursuing a B.A in Geography, a minor in Environmental Sustainability and a certificate in Geographic Information Science. For the past 2 years, she has been a student organizer with the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition (VSEC) and the Virginia Student Power Network (VPSN) which both promote social justice and student power throughout the state of Virginia. She was actively involved as an organizer for DivestUMW on her campus, which has helped remove investments of the University’s endowment from the fossil fuel industry. She also works very closely with UMW Students United, which advocates for a greater sense of transparency as well as social and economic responsibility on campus. In her free time Beatrice can be found enjoying ripened mangos, reading about the intersections of environmental and racial justice issues, or playing her violin.

Alyssa E. Foley

A Houston native, Alyssa graduated from Houston Community College with her associate degrees in arts and science. She was editor-in-chief of her student newspaper, The Egalitarian, for two years where she covered student government and college administration policies and decisions that affected the lives of students. Alyssa will be attending The University of St. Thomas–Houston starting fall 2016, and is majoring in communications.

Trevor “Nute” Thompson

Trevor “Nute” Thompson is a Political Science major with a Business Administration Minor at North Carolina State University working to ultimately become an attorney. Nute is known for having great leadership and communication skills, a dedicated work ethic, and the ability to creatively solve problems. At NC State, Nute is involved in Student Government as a senator where he has developed and enacted many programs to improve student life. One such program, known as “Wolfpack Pickup,” employs students to shuttle physically disabled students between classes. Off campus, Nute has recently finished an internship with the Wake County Superior Court where he assisted the various judges in administrative duties and compiled a report analyzing the long-term court usage of the civil court rooms to improve the use court resources.

Raamish Saeed

Raamish Saeed joins Young Invincibles from St. Louis, Missouri. He was previously an Education Policy Intern for the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis where he focused his efforts on policy research and advocated for college access among low-income and undocumented students in the State of Missouri. After graduating high school in 2014, Raamish attended St. Louis Community College where he served as the chapter president of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and he is currently pursuing a BA in Urban Studies and Economics.

Our 2015 Scholars

  • Kendall Foster, University of Maryland ’16
  • Martha Sanchez, American Unviersity ’17
  • Daniela Villarreal, Florida State University ’16
  • Guadalupe Triana, Lewis and Clark College ’16
  • KellyAnn Kirkpatrick, Boston University ’15

Return to top

Share Button