Vanessa Ramos

Ball State University senior Vanessa Ramos of Montgomery, Illinois, and graduate of Yorkville High School has accepted a position with the Orr Fellowship, an Indianapolis-based entrepreneurial-focused program.

With an annual acceptance rate of 5 percent, the Orr Fellowship is a two-year program for recent college graduates that envelops full-time work experience with a curriculum focusing on community involvement, professional development, and leadership.

“Ball State has empowered me to achieve my goals through building connections,” Ramos said. “I have an amazing support system that has built me up and provided opportunities for me to flourish. Being accepted in the Orr Fellowship is a great accomplishment. I look forward to building my career foundation in Indianapolis with the support of the Orr Fellowship and my host company, FirstPerson.”

Pursuing her bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in entrepreneurial management, Ramos found herself immersed in various organizations inside and outside of the University.

“I participated in two marketing immersive learning projects, was an ally with the LGBTQ+ and Trans Safe Zones, and spent the summer of 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand, with an internship at Global Reach Associates Limited,” Ramos said. “I also volunteer with Groundwork Indy. It is important to give back and help others.”

Engrossed in her various endeavors during her time as a Ball State student, Ramos is committed to the Miller College of Business Honors Program and has lectured at five public speaking events on campus, including a Ball State University Foundation Board of Directors meeting.

“If I am not here, I’m there and everywhere,” Ramos said.

FirstPerson, an Indianapolis-based benefits and compensation advisory firm, is making a custom program to accommodate Ramos during her time there.

“I learned that business is about people, not business,” Ramos said. “So now, it is my turn to support others and allow them to flourish.”