The Today’s Students Coalition Student Ambassadors Fellowship

Lifting the experiences of today’s students to improve higher education and prepare the next generation of civic leaders.

Do you want to expand your knowledge of federal policy?

Have you ever noticed a community-wide issue and asked yourself, “how can I make a change?” If so, the Today’s Students Coalition (TSC) Student Ambassadors Fellowship (SAF) is the program for you.

“Politics and policymaking too often miss a critical stakeholder: learners. The Today’s Students Coalition Student Ambassador Fellowship will connect budding leaders with the resources and opportunities to share their experiences and create real change— at home and in our nation’s capital.”


– Julie Peller, Executive Director, Higher Learning Advocates

TSC Student Ambassadors
TSC Student Ambassadors

A New Kind of Leader

Now more than ever, student leaders are seeking out opportunities to advocate for causes they believe in to create change not only at the local level – but nationwide.

The TSC Student Ambassadors program will help elevate the stories and lived experiences of students directly to federal policymakers while providing the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in shaping federal policy.

Fellowship Overview

The Future of Student Ambassador Fellowship

In September 2023, the Today’s Students Coalition will launch the second cohort of Student Ambassador Fellows.

This highly selective leadership opportunity is a one-year program for outstanding student-leaders looking to deepen their knowledge of federal education policy and create sustainable change across their communities. Student Ambassadors will receive a $5,000 stipend and get a chance to not only expand their influence but help to reshape our systems of higher education!

TSC Student Ambassadors

Fellowship Overview

TSC Student Ambassadors

Program Structure and Your Impact as a Student Ambassador

Our SAF is designed for student leaders from all walks of life who want to learn more about federal policy while using their voices to enact change.

Here’s what you can expect to accomplish as a TSC Student Ambassador:

  • Four quarterly virtual meetings, a guided mentorship program, and exclusive speaker series;
  • One in-person advocacy event in Washington, D.C.;
  • Training through expert-led modules on topics such as Policy 101, Advocacy & Organizing, Meeting with Decision Makers, Op-Ed Writing, and more;
  • Direct engagement with key stakeholders and policymakers; and
  • Opportunity to develop a policy portfolio.

Fellowship Overview

Who We’re Looking For

We look for students who are driven by a sense of purpose and seek action to make our systems of higher education more equitable and accessible.

Additional qualifications include:

  1. A rising or enrolled postsecondary student at a two- or four-year institution of higher education, vocational or technical school, apprenticeship and/or credentialing program.
  2. Ability to dedicate time and passion to learning about policy and advocating for changes that impact today’s students.
  3. Available to attend four quarterly meetings (virtual) and one in-person event.
TSC Student Ambassadors

Fellowship Overview

TSC Student Ambassadors


  • Recruitment Launch: April 24, 2023
  • Recruitment and Nomination Cycle: April 24 – June 16
    • Nomination/Referral Deadline: June 9
    • Student Ambassador Application Deadline: June 16
  • Interview Phase: June 19 – July 7
  • Cohort Announcement: August 1

Think you’re the right fit?

Submit your application via this form by Friday, June 16 at 5 p.m. ET or nominate a student leader who could benefit from this program by  Thursday, June 9 at 5 p.m. ET.

About TSC

The Today’s Students Coalition, operated by Higher Learning Advocates, is a collective of policy, advocacy, and membership organizations that have joined forces to create a system of higher education that reflects and supports the needs of modern-day postsecondary learners.