For Fellows (Students)

​If you are a student who is nominated and qualified to become a Harbor Freight Fellow, the first step is that you will receive an email with a link to submit an application. Contact the Advisor to help plan your Fellowship. The Application should indicate your interest in engaging in this Fellowship, and the Advisor can also be helpful completing the application. Once an application is submitted it will be evaluated, and the applicant is notified by email that they are either accepted, declined or deferred.

When an applicant is accepted they are requested to submit additional forms including the ​Pre-Fellowship Work Plan​, ​W-9 Form​ and ​Media Release Form​, ​which should be submitted within one week. ​Please note that the 120 hours for the Fellowship does not officially start until ​all​ the preliminary documents are successfully submitted, including the Fellowship Agreement (see below).

Finding A Mentor


The Fellow should work with the Advisor to find an appropriate Mentor. A Mentor may be a known contact to the Advisor, school community, or within a student’s personal network. A Mentor may also be someone the Fellow and Advisor are meeting for the first time. Some suggested steps for finding a new mentor are:

  1. Research​ local professionals and organizations who employ professionals in the field of interest. Schools using ImBlaze may already have identified willing or prospective Mentors in a field of interest. Be creative. It may be a challenge, for example, for a minor to secure an internship working on a large construction job site, but a small local contractor would be willing and happy to mentor a Fellow. A large manufacturing plant may be hesitant to allow students to work with heavy machinery, but local machine shops or auto repair shops are good places to try.

  2. Request an ​informational ​​interview​ with prospective Mentors. A Fellow and Mentor should share similar interests and show potential for a strong working relationship. In most circumstances, a student will need to meet several prospective Mentors before finding the right fit. Advisors can support students in making cold calls, preparing for informational interviews, and sending follow-up thank-you emails.

  3. If an informational interview shows promise, you may want to request a ​shadow day​ with the mentor to understand the daily realities of that mentor’s workplace. Fellowships have a greater likelihood of successful completion if the Fellow has a genuine understanding of what the Mentor does all day prior to committing to 120 hours of working together.

  4. Propose the ​Fellowship​ to the Mentor. By this time, the Fellow and prospective Mentor should have a relationship that allows for discussion of further work together. Fellows should remain persistent if their first requests cannot accommodate a full Fellowship. Remember, the prospective Mentor is a member of a professional community. If the Fellow has made a good impression, a request for referrals to other potential Mentors will likely result in additional leads. Finding a Mentor is a process.

Set-Up Meeting


The Fellow, Advisor, and Mentor meet to discuss the terms of the Fellowship and complete the Fellowship Agreement. At this meeting, the ​Harbor Freight Fellowship Agreement​ is used to set goals, expectations and exchange logistics (e.g., scheduling and means for communication). If necessary, an ImBlaze demo can be arranged to facilitate the use of that tool for tracking and attendance of the Fellowship.

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Fellow's Documents
  • Application - AFTER you have been nominated, check your email for a link to apply. 

  • Pre-Fellowship Work Plan - A short description of the Fellow's personal goals, expected career choices and any plans for trade or technical school, college, etc.

  • W-9 Form - This form is required for the scholarship to be paid to the Fellow.

  • Media Release Form - This form is required to allow us to take photos & video of the Fellow to be used on this website and in related media.

Note: The Pre-Fellowship Work Plan, W-9 Form, Media Release Form & Fellowship Agreement must be submitted before the 120 hour Fellowship starts.

  • Fellowship Agreement - This form is completed by the Fellow, Advisor and Mentor before the Fellowship can begin, after consulting with the Regional Coordinator.

  • Post-Fellowship Survey - Includes evaluation before and after the Fellowship.

  • Post-Fellowship Work Plan - Includes description of goals achieved and plans after completing the Fellowship.


The Fellow uses the ImBlaze app for each check-in and check-out of the Fellowship. ImBlaze logs hours and captures real-time data on student goals, learning, and interest in the Fellowship. The Advisor will monitor ImBlaze each day the Fellow is at the Fellowship Site, and the Mentor will verify attendance and provide brief feedback. The Advisor checks in weekly to support the Fellow in reflecting upon and navigating the Fellowship. The Advisor conducts at least 2 site visits during the Fellowship and submits several photos of the Mentor and Fellow working together, and video if possible, for use on the website and in social media. At or near the end of the Fellowship the Fellow, Mentor and Advisor will each submit the Post-Fellowship Survey​ that include evaluations for the Fellow’s progress and performance during the Fellowship. The Fellow also submits the ​Post-Fellowship Work Plan​.

Wrap-Up and Reflect


The Advisor supports the Fellow and the Mentor in completing the Post-Fellowship Surveys and Work-Plan. A presentation including a formal reflection on the experience, a celebration, and sharing gratitude are all encouraged. Scholarships and stipends will be distributed upon the receipt of final documentation for the Fellowship.

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