Tonya Allen receives German Marshall Fund Fellowship

DETROIT – Skillman Foundation Vice President of Program Tonya Allen has received the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship for 2011.

Allen is one of 44 emerging American leaders who received the award, presented by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The 24-day traveling program, which began in 1982, will focus on educating fellows on political, economic and social institutions and issues facing the United States and Europe.

“We are very proud of Tonya for getting this prestigious award,” said Carol Goss, Skillman Foundation President & CEO. “It's a wonderful opportunity for her to learn about the nonprofit sector abroad, and I'm sure she'll come back with new ideas about how to apply that to her work in Detroit.”

Fellows are selected through competitive nationwide and regional processes and come from politics, government, media, business and the non-profit sector.

“This was a year of growth for the America Marshall Memorial Fellowship program,” said GMF president Craig Kennedy. “We initiated new selections in Detroit and Houston and know that inclusion of emerging leaders from these regions will benefit the program.”

Allen, who has led the Foundation’s grantmaking since 2004, is a native Detroiter and graduate of the University of Michigan.

“I'm honored to be involved in the German Marshall Fund program,” she said. “I'm excited to learn about European philanthropy and to be involved with a bunch of smart and dedicated people. I'm also eager to share with my European peers some success stories about Detroit children, and our work to improve schools and neighborhoods here.”

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods – Brightmoor, Osborn, Cody Rouge, Chadsey Condon, Northend Central Woodward and Southwest Detroit Neighborhoods – and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.