Amy Rees Anderson Academic Entrepreneurs is a fellowship program for female students at Utah State University who are interested in careers related to higher education, academia, business, and public policy.
Program participants — known as fellows — explore and conduct research in several different areas, including: innovation and entrepreneurship; health, wealth, and human capital; and business, government, and civil society.
In addition to research opportunities, fellows participate in regular reading discussions and receive executive mentorship through one-on-one interaction with Amy Rees Anderson for whom the program is named. Her example and executive influence provide students with a powerful and unique role model as they pursue their academic goals.
- Dedicate 20 hours per week to research, program meetings, and events
- Maintain good academic standing with Utah State University at all times
- Actively participate in CGO events and opportunities
- Contingent upon an evaluation, fellowships can be renewed each semester for existing fellows, up until completion of her undergraduate degree(s)
- Fellowship stipend is $3,000/semester
- Additional fellowship positions will be added every semester
- Fellows must be a female student with a declared major in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
Amy Rees Anderson started her first healthcare technology company at age 23 and credits entrepreneurship as the path that allowed her to be self-reliant during her years as a single mother of two young children. Rees Anderson went on to become founder and CEO of MediConnect Global, Inc., one of the largest cloud-based health information exchanges. In March 2012, Amy successfully led MediConnect to being acquired by Verisk Analytics (VRSK) for over $377 million.
Leadership has always come naturally to Rees Anderson, who, while as CEO was known for her daily blogs and hands-on approach to managing a large and diverse workforce. She often lectures at universities, business summits, and conventions on leadership, management, and entrepreneurship.
After selling her company, Rees Anderson founded and continues to run REES Capital, an angel investment firm, as well as the IPOP Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurship as a pathway to self-reliance.
She continues to be a prolific writer — continuing her daily blogs, while also regularly contributing to Forbes and The Huffington Post. Rees Anderson has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fast Company, Bloomberg Businessweek and many other national publications. In 2015 Amy received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters.
Amy currently serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including: Governor Herbert’s Advisory Team, Huntsman Cancer Foundation Executive Council; Chair of Utah Valley University National Advisory Board for Woodbury School of Business; University of Utah National Advisory Board for David Eccles School of Business, Center for Medical Innovation, and Technology Commercialization Board; Brigham Young University Founders Board and BYU’s Wheatley Institute Ethics Advisory Council; Utah State University Clark Entrepreneur Founders Board; Sandy City Chamber of Commerce; and The Hale Center Theater Board.