Engaged Learning and Service

'17, Global Social Benefit Fellow, Valedictorian, Fulbright Scholar, Rhodes Scholar Finalist

Erika Francks
Erika Francks ‘17 contrasts her Santa Clara University experience to that of other institutions.

“How would I describe the Santa Clara University experience? Rigorous. Composed of more than academics. And because of our Jesuit, Catholic ethos, it is undoubtedly values-based. The experience puts us one step ahead of graduates of any other university.

“Starting in my junior year, I participated in Miller Center’s award-winning, nine-month Global Social Benefit Fellowship. The Fellowship provides a comprehensive program of mentored, field-based study and action research with social enterprises that have participated in Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Institute accelerator programs. I was exposed to a worldwide network of social entrepreneurs resolute in addressing energy poverty and climate change.

“As part of my eight-week summer field experience—combined with two quarters of academically demanding research—I worked with an interdisciplinary team to develop marketing and fundraising materials for ONergy Solar, a social enterprise that provides rooftop solar home installations, irrigation pumps, lighting, and microgrids in Kolkata, India.

“My passion to end global poverty and protect the planet through entrepreneurship is unyielding. I was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and will take a 10-month leave from my job as a management consulting analyst for Accenture to measure the economic impact of solar microgrids for rural electrification in remote communities of Lesotho.”

Dec 13, 2018