Summer Fellowships

Matching Passion With Action

The Summer Fellowship Program

The Summer Fellowship program is the cornerstone of the MMF’s philanthropic strategy to invest in talented undergraduates whose summer projects align with the Foundation’s core areas of focus.  Since 1996, more than 90 Fellows have been awarded funding to pursue projects that benefit not only their own interests and development, but also the broader community. Through awards of $3000-$5000 each, the Manzella Fellowships help fund the leaders of tomorrow.  Details on the application requirements and process can be downloaded below:

Funding for Cancer Research, Children's Causes, and the Arts


Over more than 20 years, the MMF has invested more than $170,000 in fellowship funding, helping more than 90 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:


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