Ten Butler students from the Class of 2018 have landed two-year jobs after graduation through the Orr Fellowship program, which recruits and evaluates candidates based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, and leadership qualities and matches them with local companies.

The students (and companies) are:

Claire Cox (Allegion)

Zach Bellavia (Ascend Indiana)

Cole Geitner (DemandJump)

Bailey Padgett (FirstPerson)

Benjamin Evans (hc1.com)

Eleanor McCandless (Innovatemap)

Sarah Thuet (OurHealth)

Hayley Brown (Probo Medical)

Mariam Saeedi (RocketBuild)

Kaitlyn Sawin (Vibenomics)

Some 1,100 students competed for 70 possible positions with 47 companies across central Indiana.

The Orr Fellowship facilitates in-depth interviews that connect local decision makers to top young professionals.

“What began as a simple idea – attract talented new graduates to central Indiana’s workforce and grow them into business leaders and entrepreneurs over the course of two years – has evolved into a program infusing the community with hundreds of entrepreneurial, high-achieving and civic-minded Orr Fellows and alumni,” said Karyn Smitson, Orr Fellowship Executive Director.

Named for the late Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr, the Orr Fellowship develops the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs in Indianapolis. The Fellowship is designed to create a foundation for career success and a talent pipeline for the Indy business community.

Since its inception in 2001, Orr Fellowship has placed nearly 400 Fellows with some of Indiana’s leading companies, and many Fellows have gone on to form their own companies.


Media contact:
Marc Allan








Fall semester interviews, evaluations, networking.

Started with 1,100. Down to 70.

Two-year commitments to bring on students.





Hope you’re doing well. As a 2006 BU grad, I’m excited to pass along to you that 10 students from Butler earned full-time positions through the very competitive Orr Fellowship. That tied with Purdue for the most in the 2018 class, which had a 6% acceptance rate out of 1,110 applicants.


Here are the Bulldogs that have landed full-time, two-year positions with local companies through Orr Fellowship:





I just wanted to let you know what these students have accomplished. In addition to 10 Fellows from Butler and Purdue, DePauw and IU each had seven Fellows and Wabash placed four.


Below I’ve included a release that tells the story of the 2018 Orr Fellowship class. I’m happy to connect you to anybody with the Fellowship or local business partners if you find value in that.


Thank you, Marc, and take care –


Josh Rattray ’06



Indy-Based Orr Fellowship Connects Talent To Local Businesses

Competitive process places a record 70 college graduates into local business ecosystem