Pollard Research Fellowship

Work & Faith Intensive

Each year, CFB invites scholars from around the world to apply for the Bill Pollard Faith & Business Research Fellowship. Selected scholars come to Seattle Pacific University for a short residency during which they draw on the Pollard papers and other resources in SPU’s Work and Faith Collection — the largest of its kind — to develop new research on an aspect of the papers related to the interest of the scholar. Completed research papers are made available in the Pollard Research Fellowship Papers series in SPU’s institutional repository. AA panel of judges evaluates the papers and invites one scholar to return to SPU the following spring for a presentation of the research findings and a discussion with faculty and fellows in the Center for Faithful Business. 

All travel and lodging expenses are covered, and stipends will be paid to scholars who have a U.S. work permit: $1,000 upon the completion of their residency and an additional $1,000 upon the completion of their research paper.

About Bill Pollard

C. William ‘Bill’ Pollard is Chairman of Fairwyn Investment Company, a private investment firm, and for over a twenty-five year period, Bill participated in the leadership of The ServiceMaster Company serving not once but twice as its Chief Executive Officer. Bill has also served as a director of several public companies and a number of charitable, religious, and educational organizations, including Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association. He is the author of several books including the best seller The Soul of the Firm and his most recent book The Tides of Life.

In 2017, Bill Pollard donated a vast collection of internal papers and speeches to the Work and Faith Collection at Seattle Pacific University. These documents provide unique insight into his lifelong endeavor to integrate Christian values in a diverse, multinational, publicly traded company. The collection includes speeches given by Bill Pollard on topics related to work and faith including ethics, profit, mission and values, leadership, vocation, and management. Types of materials include speech scripts, handwritten notes, and articles. For a complete description and to access the papers, please visit the library’s website.

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