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The MTN PILLAR Fellowship

Applications are Closed

Sponsored by James D. Harris, The PILLAR (Purposefully Inspiring, Leading, Learning,  and Achieving Resilience) Fellow is designed to form freshman students into leaders, young professionals, and prepared adults by their graduation from college. With a focus on a black student from a Southern School or HBCU, the PILLAR fellow will receive professional development by working one-on-one with The More than Numbers program to help achieve its vision of “lessening the educational disparities seen amongst high and college students as they matriculate to and through higher education.”


PILLAR Fellowship

Fellowship Details

Fellows are expected to complete the following:

A Semesterly Mandatory Mentorship Meetings with working Professionals 

Serving as College Campus Lead for MTN College Ambassador Program

Attendance to MTN Phase 2 & Phase 4 Team Meeting

Curation of MTN Equity Project to be hosted on College Campus, Hometown Community, or Collegetown Community

MTN Equity Project

The MTN Equity Project is designed to help fulfill the mission and vision of The More than Numbers Program while allowing for the fellow to gain leadership development. The Equity Project will allow the fellow to gain full control on how their impact and legacy can create change within their community. 


After the fellow is chosen, they will use their Sophomore Year to curate this project. By their Junior Year, the project will do its first rollout. During their senior year, the fellow will be required to host the project again. This will allow them to gain the full scope of how nonprofit work happens, while serving a greater purpose by showcasing the mission & vision of the organization.



  • $250 Book Stipend each year 

  • Unlimited Access to MTN Resources (Scholarship List, Internship List, Events & Seminars)

  • Internship/Volunteer Credit 

  • Leadership, Personal, & Professional Development 

2024-2025 PILLAR Fellow

Keiwon Rodgers

Keiwon is a rising senior at Mississippi College at Clinton, Mississippi, studying Political Science with a minor in Administration of Justice. As a product of Camden, Mississippi, Keiwon states that him and his community has faced educational disparities his entire life. Keiwon’s dream as a PILLAR fellow is to be a resource in any way possible. Keiwon wishes to ensure that everyone is given an equal opportunity to succeed. He firmly believes that it is the responsibility of individuals to pour into other communities. As someone who has been impacted by educational disparities, Keiwon wants to give opportunities to students to assist them in leaving their rural communities to pursue a college education. Keiwon believes that as a PILLAR fellow, he could help the next generation of changemakers from rural communities to motivate and inspire others. Keiwon is currently the only black student in his program, however holds a 3.7 GPA, qualifying him for being on track to graduate with honors. Keiwon looks forward to working with his rural community to help enhance the Mission of MTN, within the cities of Clinton and Camden Mississippi.

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