Summer Fellowships

Matching Passion With Action

The Michael Manzella Fellowship for Summer, 2024

Supporting Projects in Cancer Research, Music and Performing Arts, Education, and Youth Development

Michael Manzella (Yale ’93) touched all the people he knew with his energy, talent, and willingness to give of himself. He was an accomplished musician and composer who, while at Yale, devoted himself to music and volunteered much of his time to the community by working with children suffering from life-threatening illness, often in underserved communities. In 1993, this remarkable young man succumbed to a two-year struggle with cancer. In 1994, the Michael Manzella Foundation was founded to honor Michael’s legacy through its support of cancer research, music and the performing arts, education and youth development. The Summer Fellowship program is the cornerstone of our philanthropic strategy to invest in talented undergraduates whose summer projects align with the Foundation’s core areas of focus.

Application Requirements

Application requirements are:

    1. A resume (with name, cell and home phone numbers, email and mailing address)
    2. A proposed budget for the term of the project, itemizing expenses and including any sources of support (such as fellowships already received for the summer)
    3. A proposal that describes the summer project (500 words or less), including its potential benefit to the student and, if applicable, to others in the community
    4. A personal statement that outlines the applicant's motivation and preparation for the proposed project (500 words or less)
    5. A Yale College transcript or copy of an unofficial academic record
    6. A letter of recommendation from someone who can evaluate the candidate and the feasibility and value of the proposed summer project.
    • Items #1-5 must be submitted via email as a single PDF attachment by the deadline to Diana Loukedis Doherty, President, at
    • Item #6, the recommendation letter, should be sent via email directly from the recommending party to
    • Questions regarding the fellowship may be directed to Diana Loukedis Doherty via email.

DUE DATE: April 5, 2024 sent via email as PDF document

NOTE: Invitations for interviews will be sent via email between April 5th and April 12th, and awards will be issued by April 25th.

Over more than 25 years, the MMF has invested more than $274,000 in fellowship funding, helping more than 120 young people pursue dream-projects designed to make a difference.

MMF Fellowship Recipients

Past Manzella Fellows have participated in, and often created, exciting projects in the areas of cancer research, education, children’s causes and the arts.  Click here for a complete list of our MMF Fellows since 1996.

Some examples of the wide variety of past MMF Fellowships include:


Youth Development, Performing Arts, Cancer

Anya AitSahlia

Interning with Hear Your Song, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children and teens facing life-threatening illness to express themselves through collaborative songwriting.


Education, Youth Development

Carmen Lopez Villamil

Working as a Peer Mentor with the International Rescue Committee, supporting the adjustment and empowerment of refugee youth.


Children’s Causes

Katherine Du

Creating a mental wellness program for children at the New Haven Boys & Girls Club summer camp


Performing Arts

Saphia Suarez

Interning at Cape Cod Theatre Project


Cancer Research

Daniel McQuaid

To perform research investigating PROTAC-induced degradation of the MET oncogene in the context of exon 14 skipping mutations, related to lung, liver and gastric cancer, in the lab of Dr. Craig Crews at Yale University


Music, Children's Causes

Emefa Agawu

Teaching music to children who are survivors of child-slavery in Ghana, through Challenging Heights (an NGO).


Cancer Research

Marina Horiates

Head and neck radiation oncology internship at MD Anderson, Texas


Performing Arts

Ethan Karetsky

To conduct research on American Musical Theater at the Warner Brothers Archives in Hollywood, purchase the rights to the musical Gypsy, and work with his production team to develop the musical Gypsy into a mainstage production for performance at Yale


Music, Children's Causes

Stephanie Tubiolo

Creating the New Haven Youth Choir, a choral instruction and performance experience for low-income New Haven youth from 5th to 9th grades


Cancer Research

Vasiliki Trantafillou

Lab research studying lung cancer, specifically lung cancer cells (miRNA) that have been identified to predict patient relapse, working with Don X. Nguyen, MD at the Yale School of Medicine Smilow Cancer Center


Cancer, Children's Causes, Arts

Betsy Cowell

Art Therapy with pediatric cancer patients in Texas


Children's Causes, Performing Arts

Natalia Emanuel

Teaching Poetry Slam classes to underserved youth in New York City, working through The Door (an NYC nonprofit)


Children's Causes

Kelvin Vu

Designing a “wild zone” play area for disadvantaged youth in New London, CT, in conjunction with FRESH Community Garden project