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The Gerstacker Fellowship Program

Gerstackers Gather for 15th Anniversary

The Gerstacker Fellowship Program was established in 2005 with a $1.5 million endowment by the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation. Its purpose is twofold: to provide a leadership development program for a select group of premier teachers and administrators each year, and, create a new cadre of educational leaders throughout the State of Michigan who will increase the quality of K-12 education in their communities.

In 2011, the Board of Directors of the Gerstacker Foundation, acknowledging the success of the Gerstacker Fellowship Program, recognized that this initial leadership development opportunity, to maximize its full potential, required a sustained and advanced leadership endeavor.  Consequently, the Board of Directors approved the endowment of an additional $1 million to fund the fulfillment of that initiative for all graduates of the Gerstacker Fellowship Program. 

The initial leadership development is now known as Gerstacker Fellowship Program I. The advanced leadership development program is known as Gerstacker Fellowship Program II.

This website is designed to inform you of the scope and content of these Programs as well as provide information concerning the selection of program participants and instructions regarding the application procedure for the Gerstacker Fellowship Program I.


Interim Co-Director of the Gerstacker Fellowship Program
Dr. Jill Waliczek

Co-Director & Executive Director of Governmental and Community Affairs
John L Kaczynski