Carroll, McHugh and Ruggles earn Orr Fellowships

Sydney Ruggles, Madeline McHugh, Mackenzie Carroll class of 2022 and Orr Fellows

Following graduation this coming spring, Makenzie Carroll ‘22, Madeline McHugh ’22 and Sydney Ruggles ‘22 will each launch their post-Hanover careers through the Gov. Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship program.

Started in 2002, the Orr Fellowship is one of Indiana’s most-celebrated non-profit talent programs. The two-year post-graduate experience places high-achieving college seniors from across the Midwest in full-time, paid positions at dynamic companies and organizations in Central Indiana. Each year, the initiative provides top-tier students an extended exploration of four operational aspects at one of 53 partnering companies, plus a special curriculum that includes an executive mentorship program, acceleration of career advancement and extensive network.

Carroll, McHugh and Ruggles are among 126 fellows selected from a pool of nearly 1,300 candidates. Carroll, a communication and computer science double major, will work in the information technology department at Kiwanis International, the global community of clubs and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children. McHugh, a biology major with minors in communication and design, will participate in a rotational program at Estridge Homes, a central-Indiana custom-home builder. Ruggles, a psychology and business double major, will work at Ingram Micro, an Indianapolis information technology company.

Orr Fellowships are awarded following a competitive, three-month process. In addition to interviews and networking events, candidates are evaluated on grade-point average, extracurricular involvement, leadership experience and personal and professional traits such as work ethic, resilience, curiosity and enthusiasm.