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The Students Taking on Oil and Petrochemicals (STOP) Fellowship centers students that attend universities in Appalachia, a region threatened by an impending petrochemical buildout. This year-long fellowship provides them with direct support, mentorship, and resources to fight the influence these corporations have on their campus and community.

Applications are open for the 2023-24 Academic Year!

This paid, year-long organizing fellowship is for students in the Appalachian Region & Ohio River Valley. Priority consideration is given to students that come from frontline communities, marginalized identities, and students that attend schools near frontline communities. The Fall semester is focused on training and skill development, while Spring is focused on creating change on your home campus.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given for students submitting before May 1.

Since its creation in 2020, the STOP Fellowship has supported 12 students (6 each year) to organize over 1,200 hours in the Ohio River Valley. These students have received over 300 hours of direct advising through PLAN. Though each cohort is made up of only 6 students per year, their respective campuses receive PLAN membership which provides mentorship, thousands of pages of programmatic manuals, and trainings and events to every single student at these schools. In total, PLAN has reached over 147,550 students in the Ohio River Valley since the STOP program was founded in 2020. Organizing at the level of higher education represents a critical intervention that social movements have utilized for decades; they are often pillars of the community and raise leaders of the next generation. It’s important that these leaders are poised to challenge the belief, perpetuated by fossil fuel corporations, that our future involves continued reliance on these limited resources.

STOP Student Updates

STOP Fellowship Testimonials

We're excited to announce that applications are now open for the Students Taking on Oil & Petrochemicals (STOP) student organizing fellowship for the 2023 to 2024 school year. This fellowship is a paid opportunity for students located in the Ohio River...

STOP Fall 2022 Reflections

“One of the most vital ways we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places where we know we are not alone”― bell hooks  At the end of last year’s Students Taking on Oil & Petrochemicals (STOP) fellowship, our team went through a...

STOP Spring 2022 In Review

Another Students Taking on Oil & Petrochemicals (STOP) update incoming from our STOP Coordinator, Rachael! We’re quickly approaching the end of our STOP cohort this year, and I feel so lucky to have been able to work with this awesome group of students. Over the...

STOP Students Fall 2021 Updates

Hi, this is Rachael Hood. You might recognize me from last year’s STOP fellows! This year, due to the success of the program, we were able to expand and hire a coordinator to help run the program (that’s me). I grew up in Virginia and first got involved organizing...

STOP Spring Semester in Review

For the last seven months, PLAN has been mentoring 6 students in the Ohio River Valley to support them in campaigns to eliminate plastic through our STOP: Students Taking On Petrochemicals & Plastic program. This work focused on the production stage of the Linear...

Students Taking on Oil & Petrochemicals (S.T.O.P.) Fall 2020 Review

In September 2020, we had the great privilege of hiring six students at six different universities in the Ohio River Valley to challenge the oil and gas industry’s plans to turn this region into the next petrochemical corridor. This was made possible by the Funders...