Franklin & Marshall College

Satell Scholar Life After College Success Program


Highly Selective Two-Year Program Preparing Students
for a Successful Life and Career After College


Satell Scholars during their trip to Gettysburg.

An investment in higher education – even at the most prestigious and respected institutions – seldom completely prepares students for the most immediate and difficult transition to life after college. Recognizing this reality, Progressive Business Publications, through the Progressive Business Publications Charitable Trust and the Satell Family Foundation, founded, funded, and led the development of an intensive two-year leadership program at Franklin & Marshall College to prepare students for their life after graduation. Since its inception, over 300 students selected for this highly-competitive program have earned a unique distinction on their final transcript – Satell Scholar.

“Few programs have had the transformative effect on our students as the Satell Scholar Program for life-after-college success. Satell Scholars understand the benefits of preparing for their future careers and this program gives them the structure, tools, experience and support to ensure success. We are grateful to benefactor Ed Satell and Progressive Business Publications for making this program possible.”

– Kent Trachte
Franklin & Marshall College

In addition, Ed Satell and his foundations expanded their impactful Satell Social Entrepreneur Internship Program to F&M as founding sponsor for the F&M initiative focused on Ecuador & South Africa. A select number of F&M juniors and seniors participate annually.

How We Do It

This program has two key components: a CEO speaker series and peer-group workshops.  In combination, these are designed to:

  • Expose students to the real-life experiences of failure, resilience, and success of top CEOs along with the opportunity for an extensive Q&A session with these proven, successful leaders and professionals
  • Coach students to powerfully articulate the applicability of their liberal arts education and experiences to providers of internships, experiential learning and employment opportunities
  • Help students identify, initiate and develop relevant professional connections
  • Teach valuable professional skills and competence
  • Give students an insider look at prominent nonprofit institutions for leadership by participating in a developmental two-day trip

Leadership Speakers for the program have included:

Ed introduces legendary Vanguard Founder and Chair Jack Bogle to the Scholars.

Ed introduces legendary Vanguard Founder and Chair Jack Bogle to the Scholars.

  • Jack Bogle, CEO of Vanguard
  • Michael Dee ‘85, CEO, Miami Dolphins
  • Dennis Wint, CEO of the Franklin Institute
  • Ken Mehlman, Chair of the Republican Party
  • Mary Schapiro, Chairman of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Art Taylor, CEO of Better Business Bureau Wise Giving
  • James Kim, Founder and CEO of Amkor Electronics and Electronics Boutique, two billion-dollar companies
  • Dr. Wanda Austin, CEO of The Aerospace Corp
  • Paula T. Dow, Esq. ‘77, Attorney General, State of New Jersey
  • Doug Tieman, CEO of the Caron Foundation, the world’s largest substance-abuse rehabilitation institution

“This program provides an extraordinary opportunity for juniors and seniors to enhance their liberal arts education with skill development, networking, and peer learning that will, no doubt, give them an outstanding head start toward a successful transition from life at F&M to life after college.”

– John Fry
Former President
Franklin & Marshall College

Learn more about the program and hear Founder Ed Satell describe how it started and how its impact has grown at F&M’s Life After College Success Program Site.