Bonderman Travel Fellowship


August 30, 2023

In Memoriam: Samuel Roller (2002-2023)

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It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Samuel Roller, a 2023 Bonderman Fellow, passed away on August 21, 2023 following a sudden and brief battle with cancer.  Samuel was eager to experience the world and looked forward to departing on his Bonderman Fellowship this fall. He planned to travel to Paraguay,…

April 4, 2023

Brianna Craft, 2008 Bonderman Fellow, publishes memoir

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Brianna Craft, a 2008 Bonderman Fellow, will publish her memoir, Everything That Rises: A Climate Change Memoir, on April 4, 2023. The University of Washington Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs interviewed Brianna about her new book, where she reflected on learning about the impacts of climate change as “she spoke with biologists in Costa Rica,…

March 30, 2022

Marie Spiker, 2011 Bonderman Fellow, shares her passions

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  2011 Bonderman Fellow Marie Spiker, now an assistant professor of epidemiology at UW, is featured in the December 2021 issue of UW Magazine: “A Bonderman Travel Fellowship allowed me to spend a year between finishing at the UW and starting at John’s Hopkins exploring food and farming. Some organizations connected me with small-scale and…

January 9, 2022

Social worker Michael Light’s homelessness work featured in Seattle Times

Social worker Michael Light, left, says the team tries to learn patients’ goals, fears, motivations and sources of strength

Michael Light, 2012 Bonderman Fellow, “…is part of a specialized three-person, part-time team at Harborview assigned to help homeless patients manage their stress and symptoms, navigate the medical and homelessness systems and, if needed, plan for the end of their lives.” This work is highlighted in this Seattle Time’s article about Rahima Jackson. “She didn’t…

September 21, 2021

Sculptor and Bonderman Fellow George Rodriguez Explores Stories of Identity and Humanity Through His Art

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“So much imagery bridges cultures without even trying.” 2009 Bonderman Fellow George Rodriguez enjoys the uncertainty and possibilities inherent in sculpting in clay. He explores identity, culture and community with his work, and has found inspiration from his travels to countries such as Thailand, Peru and China. His latest work is part of a collaborative…

April 20, 2021

Thanks to David Bonderman, the Seattle Kraken is scheduled to make its debut

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There has never been an NHL team in Seattle—until now. Thanks in large part to David Bonderman, ’63, the Seattle Kraken is scheduled to make its debut as an NHL expansion team this coming fall in Climate Pledge Arena, the completely renovated KeyArena. Bonderman, a billionaire businessman, is the majority owner of the team. Read…

November 10, 2020

Channing Nesbitt Looks Forward to Global Adventure

Channing Nesbitt wearing Husky baseball uniform

 …”it will be a reformative time of life. I plan to come back very different from when I leave.” Former Husky baseball player and recent graduate of the Evans School of Public Policy, Channing Nesbitt discussed his application and plans for his Bonderman journey with UW Student Athlete Academic Services. Read the article here.

November 5, 2020

Katie Hearther’s Future Adventure

Katie Hearther scuba diving and graduation photo

“I want this journey to strengthen me mentally and expand my worldview beyond the narrow focus I currently have…For future applicants, I highly recommend you do some soul searching as to why you want to undertake this experience.” Katie Hearther, a 2020 Bonderman Fellow, discussed her Bonderman application and travel plan with her friend Lauren…

January 30, 2020

Colleen Kimsey’s Bonderman Travel Reflections

Colleen Kimsey standing in front of a mural in Johannesburg, South Africa

Colleen Kimsey completed the Bonderman Fellowship with a trek in Nepal this September. Colleen reflected on the Bonderman experience in an interview with the Department of Health Services recently. Read the article here.

April 11, 2019

Sol Moravia-Rosenberg releases latest album ‘Soon Enough’

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Sol Moravia-Rosenberg returns to Seattle after his first European tour and will release his latest album entitled “Soon Enough.” Read More

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