AU Senior earns Orr Fellowship with Local Tech Company

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Anderson, Ind. – Peyton Bennett, senior visual communication major and marketing minor, has earned an Orr Fellowship. After a months-long interview and recruitment process, Bennett now has full-time, two-year position at Formstack, a top Indianapolis tech company. Formstack founder, Ade Olonoh BA ‘00, and CEO, Chris Byers BA ‘00, are both AU alums, and they employ many fellow alumni at the company as well.

Many Indianapolis companies are enjoying an infusion of new talent thanks to Indianapolis-based Orr Fellowship. Orr Fellowship candidates are mostly from Midwest colleges and universities. Candidates are recruited and evaluated on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and leadership qualities. The 17-year-old program is incredibly selective, as more than 1,100 top students applied in the most recent academic year. AU has four Orr Fellow alumni, and three current Orr Fellows.

"Being a part of Orr Fellowship is very exciting,” said Bennett. “As an Orr Fellow, I'll have incredible opportunities to develop myself professionally and personally. I am also thrilled to be joining Formstack. As an agile, cutting-edge company, Formstack will allow me to not only develop my design skills in an ambitious and dynamic environment but also deepen my business acumen. It is an honor to be apart of both of these organizations."

“It’s difficult to overstate the impact this dynamic organization has on the Indy business ecosystem,” said Karyn Smitson, Orr Fellowship executive director. “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.”

Named for the late Indiana Governor, Robert D. Orr, Orr Fellowship develops the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs in Indianapolis. The Fellowship seeks talented college graduates and joins them with vibrant local companies, creating 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. For more information about Orr Fellowship, visit

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, Colleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music education, and theology.

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