R. M. Tinstman Fellowship

The United Ways of Texas Tinstman Fellowship program seeks to provide qualified college students with the opportunity to participate in internships within the United Way system in Texas.  See below for additional information about how to participate in the Tinstman Fellowship.

Summer 2015 Host Application - This form should be completed by local United Way organizations wishing to host a Tinstman Fellow.  

Tinstman Fellowship Overview
R.M. (Bob) Tinstman spent a lifetime of service to his communities and his country.  Throughout his life, Mr. Tinstman consistently functioned as a volunteer with community organizations, principally in the United Way movement and Crimestoppers.  In honor of Mr. Tinstman's unrestricted bequest, United Ways of Texas (UWT) has established the R.M. Tinstman Fellowship, which will provide opportunities for promising college students to participate in internships with Texas United Ways and explore the possibility of a career in the United Way system. 

Tinstman Fellow Responsibilities
Tinstman Fellows can work in any area of the state of Texas, depending on the interest/need of participating United Ways. Fellows will work 10 - 15 hours/week and work schedules will be coordinated directly with the hosting United Way. A Fellow’s duties may include, but are not limited to:

·     Campaign support

·     Grant development/Fundraising

·     Local initiatives

·     Disaster preparedness

·     Community needs assessment

·     Administrative assistance


Fellowship applicants must have 45+ college credit hours and a minimum of 2.5 GPA overall. Undergraduate and graduate students of an accredited college or university are eligible to apply. The United Way system is comprised of professionals of diverse backgrounds, therefore students of any major course of study will be considered. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong history of volunteer work or involvement with non-profit organizations. Successful candidates will receive an enriching opportunity to gain professional experience in the nonprofit sector and a monthly stipend.


Fellowship Selection Process

Local United Ways apply to host a Tinstman Fellow by using the application form during the specified period, electing to apply with one of the selection options.


Option 1: UWT coordinates the search for Tinstman Fellow candidates from local colleges and universities on behalf of the local United Way.  UWT will accept applications from interested students during a specified time period, and the most outstanding candidates will be forwarded to the host's office to be interviewed.  The host will make the final decision.  For selection Option 1, UWT will provide a $750 match for the Fellow's $1,500 stipend, and the local United Way will be required to contribute the remaining $750.


Option 2: UWT grants the entire $1,500 stipend amount to the local United Way host.  In return, the host takes full responsibility in recruiting and selecting a Fellow.  


Hosting United Way Responsibilities
Local United Ways that are UWT members are eligible to request a Fellow for a fall, spring or summer university semester. Participating United Ways will be required to: 

·     Match the Fellowships’ contribution to the Fellow’s stipend

·     Assist with locating local housing, if necessary

·     Assist with arranging for course credit from the Fellow’s college or university

·     Assist United Ways of Texas with Fellow recruitment, as needed


To learn more about the Tinstman Fellowship, please contact toy.matula@uwtexas.org