$5K Tadler Fellowships in Impact Investing

Join us for an experiential education road trip this J-term!

Travel to the Virginia Highlands and learn firsthand about impact investing.

This immersive class and fellowship give students the opportunity to learn about the growing field of impact investing firsthand, to be on the ground to experience the challenges and opportunities of investing in rural communities and puts students in the driver’s seat to make investment recommendations to a multi-million-dollar impact investment fund and positively impact thousands of lives. The program is situated in one of the most promising areas in Virginia for significant economic evolution: Appalachia and the Southwest.

Taught by a team of Impact Investors that were part of the birth of the impact investing movement, the faculty and guest speakers bring decades of experience in achieving financial, social and environmental returns simultaneously.

  • The 2020 J-Term will take place January 2nd - 11th. Registration opens November 11th.

  • Open to all UVA undergraduates; will include a mix of students from both Central Grounds and the College at Wise.

For students minoring in Social Entrepreneurship, this J-term course can give you an on-the-ground foundation and understanding for the spring term Experiential Social Entrepreneurship class, which will complete pro bono consulting projects for these entrepreneurs such as pitch decks for impact investors, which will then be used to pitch for real funding.

Opportunities for follow-on funding to pursue an internship with these entrepreneurial organizations in southwest Virginia will also be available for Summer 2020 for interested participating students.

course and credit

LPPS 3500; 3 credits

Students will meet a variety of entrepreneurs and industry leaders changing the economic landscape of southwest Virginia.


Students will be traveling by bus to the UVA College at Wise, and continuing on a tour through southwest Virginia and Appalachia. Over the course of 12 days, this map shows our anticipated itinerary.


Stephanie Randolph, Adjunct Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship

Stephanie Randolph is a member of the Cassiopeia Foundation team, formerly blue moon fund, an innovative philanthropic investment vehicle that supports its programmatic priorities solely through impact investing vehicles. In her role at Cassiopeia, Stephanie works to strategically identify investment opportunities that will advance the environmental and social impacts, as defined by the founding family, while also producing financial returns. She provides intelligence and analysis on opportunities to drive social change, internal project management, and relationship stewardship across a diverse range of stakeholders to cultivate mutually beneficial strategic relationships. Stephanie has a long history and passion for sustainable community development, particularly in Appalachia. Her experience in community & economic development, fundraising and as a program manager influenced her approach as a grantmaker seeking to support holistic and sustainable strategies. She is currently the co-chair of the Energy & Natural Resources Working Group of the Appalachia Funders Network. Stephanie also co-leads a regional initiative to launch an impact investing platform that will connect impact investors with a pipeline of investable propositions in Central Appalachia.


UVA College at Wise

UVA Office of Economic Development