2 Seymour natives picked for Orr Fellowship membership

Tribune staff reports

Seymour natives Grant Hubbard and Cody Campbell have been selected for membership to the prestigious Orr Fellowship.

The two-year program seeks to develop Indiana’s next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Named for the late Indiana Gov. Robert D. Orr, the fellowship pairs high-achieving college graduates with some of Indiana’s most dynamic, high-growth companies for two-year tenures of executive-level mentorship, networking, job skill development and professional growth.

Since its inception in 2001, Orr Fellowship has placed more than 280 Fellows with some of Indiana’s most flourishing companies, most in the tech industry.

This year has been the most competitive recruitment season in the program’s history. Hubbard, a 2012 Seymour High School graduate, and Campbell, who graduated from Seymour in 2013, were selected as two of 39 Orr Fellows from more than 1,000 applicants, with more than 25 different majors, 20 schools and eight states represented by the Class of 2017.

Candidates are selected based on superior academic performance, extracurricular involvement, demonstrated leadership potential and previous job experiences.

Hubbard earned a mechanical engineering technology degree from Purdue University and will work at T2 Systems, a provider of parking management software.

Campbell earned an economics degree from DePauw University and will work at DuraMark Technologies, which is changing the management of durable safety labels and branding decals.

Orr, who was governor from 1981 to 1988, was known for his emphasis on increasing entrepreneurial opportunities in Indiana.

The fellowship offers challenging positions and interaction with senior leadership at sponsoring Indiana companies, preparing Fellows for a variety of career options upon completion of the program.

This applied experience is coupled with external group activities and curriculum, such as monthly meetings with some of Indiana’s top business leaders, a variety of other social- and community service-related activities, professional development workshops and funding for professional certifications.

Through this initiative, Orr Fellowship hopes to retain Indiana’s top graduate talent, ultimately aiding in the development of Indiana’s economy.