Franklin College Senior Selected into Orr Fellowship Program
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Erica IrishFranklin College senior Erica Irish has been selected into the highly sought after Orr Fellowship program following her graduation next spring.

Irish, the daughter of Eric and Charise Irish of Indianapolis, will begin her fellowship in June 2021 and complete it in June 2023 as part of the program’s two-year commitment.

The Orr Fellowship is a highly competitive program with the goal of helping develop future business leaders and entrepreneurs. With an average acceptance rate of six percent, Fellows are recruited from the top seniors at colleges and universities in Indiana and other states. The program includes a full-time, salaried position with a host company, professional development, executive mentorship and civic engagement opportunities.

As part of the program, Irish has been placed with Innovatemap as her host company, a digital product agency in Broad Ripple. Innovatemap specializes in digital product research, branding, marketing and design. She will serve as a marketing partner during her two-year tenure.

“I couldn’t be happier or more humbled to accept this incredible opportunity to serve my home city, Indianapolis, on teams as forward-thinking as Innovatemap and Orr Fellowship,” Irish said. “Innovatemap is actively leaning into the work, strategy and bold thinking our digital world requires. I’m eager to be challenged and find countless chances to grow when I join the team in June.”

“My liberal arts education at Franklin College is the foundation of my professional success. It gave me the experiences, critical thinking skills and connections needed to thrive in a fast-changing world. Franklin welcomed me as a first-generation college student and gave me the confidence I needed to pursue a rewarding career.”

Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science in May 2021, Irish was encouraged to apply for the program by now retired journalism professor Ray Begovich. She was also encouraged by the example set by those currently in the program.

“That Erica Irish has recorded yet another remarkable accomplishment is a surprise only to those who don’t know her,” said John Krull, director of the college’s Pulliam School of Journalism. “She is an impressive young woman at the start of a career and life that will make a difference. I could not be more pleased to be her teacher and her friend, nor more proud of what she has achieved.”

Irish is a graduate of Perry Meridian High School. While attending Franklin College, her professional development experiences have included serving on the staff at multiple news organizations, including The Franklin, Chalkbeat and the Indianapolis Business Journal. Irish also worked for, a news website powered by the college’s journalism students. In June 2020, she was part of a team that received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Lower Great Lakes Chapter for its documentary titled “The Children’s Crusade Revisited: Slaughterhouse-Five at 50,” based on the book by Kurt Vonnegut.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Marketing and Communications at (317) 738-8185.

POSTED Nov 23, 2020