Greater Fort Wayne Inc. says a new program will connect high-potential students with area businesses. It has announced the inaugural class of GFW Fellows. The 12-month program includes a paid summer internship, personal development, networking, community service and projects. It was created to keep college graduates in the area and includes a focus on engineering, health care and information technology.

January 30, 2015

News Release

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Greater Fort Wayne Inc. (GFW Inc.) announced the kickoff of GFW Fellows, a yearlong investor program created to attract and retain collegiate talent in Fort Wayne and Allen County. An inaugural group of 14 sophomore, junior and senior college students have been named to the Fellows program.

?This is a vibrant, bold program that benefits students, employers and our community, said Ron Turpin, board chair of GFW Inc. ?GFW Fellows combines a high-quality internship with personal development, community service, networking, and connections to young professionals, business and community leaders.?

The Knight Foundation?fs Soul of the Community study, released in 2010, identified the importance of community attachment as one of its findings. GFW Inc. responded to this area of the study and identified the Fellows program as a way to develop, retain and attach talent to our community.

Fellows were selected through a competitive application and interview process by GFW Inc. staff and nine host companies in the following industries: mechanical and electrical engineering, health care administration, computer engineering and IT, insurance and financial services.

Beginning with orientation, Jan. 30, Fellows will attend monthly personal development workshops that focus on problem-solving, communication styles, critical thinking, financial literacy, diversity and inclusion, and personal brand protection. A twelve-week paid summer internship begins May 18 and includes housing at The Grove apartments. The project-based internship experience is designed to help fill entry-level talent pipelines for GFW Inc. investors that may result in permanent job opportunities for the Fellows upon graduation.

Tim Minnich, president of TransWorks, a transportation technology company and host employer, said, ?gPartnering with GFW Fellows enables us to attract promising and highly skilled talent that has been handpicked and helps us secure our future growth in the community.?

The 2015 Fellows are:

Emily Bell

Business Administration, Indiana Institute of Technology

Parkview Health

Devin Gingerich

Computer Engineering, Trine University


Jacob Siegel

Computer Science, Huntington University

Franklin Electric

Kevin Berry

Mechanical Engineering, Trine University

Fort Wayne Metals

Trey Calver

Business Administration, Trine University

Ash Brokerage

Alfonso Costas

Mechanical Engineering, IPFW

Franklin Electric

Stuart Gibbs

Management Information Systems, Butler University

Fort Wayne Metals

Nicholas Hostetler

Informatics, Trine University

Franklin Electric

Tyler Klein

Mathematics, Manchester University

Lincoln Financial

Joe McNelly

Software Engineering & Computer Science, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Extension Healthcare

Martin Muadi

Electrical & Computer Engineering, IPFW

Franklin Electric

Andrew Sparger

Accounting & Finance, Manchester University


Tyler Speigl

Business Administration, University of Saint Francis

Lincoln Financial Group

Scott Weidenkopf

Computer Science, IPFW

Extension Healthcare

For more information about GFW Fellows, go to the website

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is the new organization that unifies the Fort Wayne?]Allen County Economic Development Alliance, the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Fort Wayne, serving as a single point of contact for economic growth in Greater Fort Wayne. In addition, the Downtown Improvement District is also working toward an affiliation with Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Together, we're growing a more prosperous, vibrant community in Greater Fort Wayne. To learn more about Greater Fort Wayne Inc., visit

Source: Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

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