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nXu Fellowship FAQ for Applicants



The nXu Fellowship is a selective, 1-year out-of-school program that follows Fellows through the 10th grade year. The fellowship brings together students to explore, articulate, and pursue their purpose in life. nXu recruits Fellows from a diverse range of district, charter, private, and parochial schools to form an intentionally diverse cohort that bridges race, gender, and class lines. 

The nXu Fellowship launches with an immersive retreat that initiates 10th graders into the purpose-driven nXu community. Over the course of the nXu Fellowship, Fellows first draft a life purpose statement bolstered by individual and group coaching as well as professional preparation through career exposure and skills training. Then Fellows translate that life purpose statement into a life vision as well as a personal purpose project that addresses a meaningful need in the world. The goal of the fellowship is for students to be prepared to navigate life beyond high school with a clear sense of who they are and what they want out of life. 

Throughout the year, nXu Fellows gather twice a month for 4-hour sessions led by a team of “Compass Coaches.” During each immersive session, Compass Coaches guide nXu Fellows through a series of engaging activities, reflections, and authentic conversations. By exploring their purpose through nXu’s fellowship, students will better understand who they are and who they want to be so that they make choices that will maximize their success and happiness in both the short and long term. The nXu Fellowship will support students to know themselves, build their community, expand their perspectives, take initiative, and, most importantly, develop a sense of purpose. 


What will fellows gain through the fellowship?

Over the course of the program, Fellows will learn concrete, practical, hard and soft skills and tools (e.g. public speaking, project management, communication, connecting across lines of difference) necessary to explore, articulate and pursue one’s purpose.

  • Fellows will (a) develop a life plan in which they will think through their transition from high school to college, (b) plan and implement a personal purpose project, and (c)create an initial draft of a college essay.

  • Fellows will gain a community of like-minded peers who will support them with their purpose journey.   


Why become an nXu Fellow?

91% of nXu Fellows agree that after participating in nXu, they feel happier about the direction of their life.

91% of nXu Fellows agree that participating in nXu helped them grow in ways that they never could have at school.

91% of nXu Fellows agree that nXu has enabled them to build friendships and connections they would not have otherwise made.

95% of nXu Fellows report that they gained skills that will be valuable to their academic and professional future.

91% of nXu Fellows would recommend nXu to a friend. 


“I am so grateful I was given the opportunity to immerse myself in a totally new environment and meet other New York kids who come from different backgrounds but share similar passions with me. It was such an adventure and way more educational, empowering, and supportive than I expected any program could be.”

 -nXu Fellow


“nXu is a program that leads you in the direction to achieve and find your purpose, and once you have done that, to go out into the world and fulfill your purpose. nXu...truly and effectively enhances how we see and apply our skills to our lives and the lives around us.”

-nXu Fellow


"If I liked nXu before, I'm in love now. Tears are flowing down my cheeks. This is what I want for my child. I want him to have guidance. It's about leadership, learning…I have a vision of a beautiful future for [my son] as a result of this program.” 

-Mother of a nXu Fellow


What does the nXu Fellowship cost?

nXu is an educational non-profit supported by institutional and individual donors who believe in our mission and vision. As a result of this generosity, participation in the nXu Fellowship is free of charge to all students.


Who should apply TO BE AN NXU FELLOW? 

High Schoolers entering 10th grade during the 2019-20 school year who are: 

  • Highly engaged:

    • Driven to explore, articulate, and pursue their life purpose as well as related passions and interests.

    • In solid academic standing.

    • Enthusiastic about learning, practicing, and implementing new skills.

    • Open to sharing their voice and perspective.

  • Self-motivated and responsible:

    • Committed to attending all of the program sessions.

    • Able to invest time in an extra-curricular program and to their own self-development (e.g. by completing program readings, pre-work, and other session-related tasks).

    • Responsive to email, text, and other forms of communication.

    • Motivated to reflect, grow, and explore new things.

  • Team players:

    • Able to lean-in, be vulnerable, and collaboratively engage with nXu content and the community.

    • Open to being thoughtful and reflective with others.

    • Capable of demonstrating leadership in/out of school.

Who want to:

  • Know themselves:

    • Better understand who they are, what they love and who they want to become.

    • Develop and strengthen their personal “it” factor that will make them stand out from the crowd in selective college admissions processes

  • Build their community:

    • Make lifelong memories and build a community with their cities’ brightest rising 10th graders who are on the path to becoming impactful changemakers.

    • Forge friendships with peers from a wide variety of backgrounds.

  • Expand their perspective & take initiative:

    • Gain skills and tools will prepare them for success in college and beyond.

    • Willing to challenge and push their thinking, ask hard questions, and brainstorm and implement innovative answers.


What’s the admissions process for the nXu Fellowship? 

  • Fill out the online application.

    • San Antonio applications must be submitted before the fall deadline of Monday, September 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

    • New York City applications must be submitted before the fall deadline of Monday, September 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

    • Seattle applications must be submitted before the fall deadline of Monday, October 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

  • Participate in a group interview session. A subset of applicants will be invited to interview.

    • The San Antonio interview session is on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

    • The New York City interview session is on Sunday, September 29, 2019.

    • The Seattle interview session is on Sunday, October 20, 2019.

  • Selected participants will be asked to commit to the 1-year fellowship and, therefore, to participate in the fall launch retreat as well as all sessions.


More Questions?

Please reach out to nXu’s Recruitment Manager, Cat Lum, with any questions at clum@nxueducation.org.