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Ronya and George Kozmetsky Fellows in Philanthropy and Community Service

Kozmetsky Fellowships are competitive full-tuition scholarships awarded to students pursuing a career in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Two Kozmetsky Fellows are selected each year during the LBJ School admission process. A critical goal of the fellowship is to reduce the debt burden of students entering the nonprofit field. The RGK Center invests in Kozmetsky Fellows and prepares them for leadership through research opportunities, courses, Nonprofit Studies certification, as well as through professional and alumni connections.

Current Kozmetsky Fellows

  • Cara Cook (2020)
  • Joycelyn Ovalle (2020)
  • Becca Bice (2018)
  • Angelica Ferrandino (2017)
  • Lin Rui Li (2017)
  • Jaclyn Le (2016)


The founders of the RGK Center, Ronya and George Kozmetsky, were lifelong supporters of education, innovation and philanthropy. In her words, Ronya Kozmetsky had a specific interest in creating a Center that would be "the place to come for research and training in things such as nonprofit finance, management and policy. Its students will be the future executive directors of philanthropic agencies." The endowment gift that supports the Kozmetsky Fellows was given in honor of the 50th anniversary of establishing their family foundation. The philanthropic traditions and legacy of the Kozmetsky family continue today through the Kozmetsky Family Foundation and the Reissa Foundation.