Navarro Executive Fellows Program

The Navarro Executive Fellows (NEF) Program is a mentoring-work experience initiative for incoming ALANA (African American/Black; Latino/Latina/Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; Native American, etc.) freshmen with Youngstown State University’s Executive/Administrative Leadership.

The Navarro Executive Fellows Program was named in honor of Shorty and Elba Navarro.  However, the NEF Program is funded exclusively through the Youngstown State University Foundation, separately from the Navarro Family Endowment.

The growth and development of diverse students is important to YSU, therefore the Navarro Executive Fellows program was developed to mentor, motivate through employment; enhance academic success and personal growth; encourage campus engagement; assist with career development; integrate work experience with classroom learning; foster leadership; and increase retention and diversity on campus for under-resourced ALANA students.

A cohort of incoming freshmen will be chosen as Fellows and will be matched with YSU’s Executive Leadership for two years during fall and spring semesters.  Executives will provide insight and networking as well as help Fellows set goals and stay on track academically, professionally and personally.


  • Must be enrolled full-time and maintain full-time status throughout the program
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
  • Cannot work full time at any other job
  • Must be willing to participate in supportive programs and services offered by YSU
  • Can work up to a maximum of 15 hours per week
  • Will be paid minimum wage

Presidential Navarro Fellow:

  • There will be one Presidential Navarro Fellow (PNF), recruited and selected by the President.  The PNF will be mentored by and work directly with the President.

To be considered for the Navarro Executive Fellows Program, download the Intake Application*. However, due to the competitive process and limited Fellow positions, carefully review the application and consider your responses before you take or mail the application to the Office of College Access and Transition, Lincoln Building Room 212, YSU, Youngstown, Ohio 44555 or send electronically to Carrie Miller, Administrative Assistant,

Note:  Candidates selected to move forward in the application process will be contacted by the Office of College Access and Transition.

Announcement of NEF -  YSU News Center

For more information call OCAT at 330-941-2464.