About the recognition
Joan and Sanford Weill generously support three Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy master's students through the Weill Scholarship and the Youth Policy Fellowship.
The Weill Scholars recognizes two Rackham Master’s Awards recipients for their outstanding qualifications and promise for future contributions. Rackham Master's Awards are one of the Ford School's and the University of Michigan's highest honors. With it, students receive two years of full tuition, a stipend, and health and dental care.
The Youth Policy Fellow is chosen for their scholarly excellence strong interest to make an impact in youth or education policy. The Fellow will work closely with Professor Brian Jacob and complete an internship with a Youth Policy Lab partner organization.
Maximilian (Max) Hill (MPP '22) is a native of the San-Fernando Valley in Southern California. He attended Grinnell College in Iowa as an undergraduate, receiving a bachelor's degree in political science with a concentration in statistics. His interest lies at the intersection of fiscal and housing policy, ultimately hoping to combine the two to focus on the fourth sector development. Max currently resides in Ann Arbor and, in his free time, enjoys an amalgamation of fitness, anime, a little bit of sewing, and reading literature on history, politics, and theology.
Fanta Condé (MPP '22) is a native New Yorker with ancestral roots in West Africa. Prior to joining the Ford School, Fanta worked as a development and education coordinator at the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative (BCDI) where she focused on curricular vision and execution for the Economic Democracy Learning Center. Additionally, her work focused on strategy development to overcome the traditional frameworks of philanthropy/institutional giving, and to encourage valuable partnership between organizations and grantmaking institutions. Previously, she was a fellow at the Sustained Dialogue Institute — a conflict resolution, and international peacemaking organization. Fanta holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and philosophy from Pennsylvania State University.
Fanta has broad social policy interests which include public education reform, fostering dialogue for peacebuilding, exploring sustainable poverty solutions for disadvantaged communities, and intersections of philanthropy. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP). In her freetime, Fanta is a skincare enthusiast, a lover of small town travel, and an admirer of art history.
Youth Policy Fellow
Heather Berg (MPP/MBA '23) received her Bachelor of Arts in leadership and public policy from the University of Virginia. A first-generation college student, she has dedicated her career to addressing systemic inequities in the education system. Heather began her career in the classroom, teaching 5th grade students at a Title I school in Nashville, Tennessee. She then served as a fellow for the Education Committee of the Council of the District of Columbia, where her policy recommendations on reducing suspensions and expulsions in Washington, DC schools were ultimately adopted and passed as law. Heather has also spent two years conducting K-16 research for an education advocacy nonprofit. She is passionate about building fair, equitable school systems that advance outcomes for at-risk students.