“The Theil Fellows, Forgoing College to Pursue Dreams,” reads the front page of the of the New York Times. Reporter Caitlin Kelly writes on September 15, 2012 about Eden Full’s pursuit to commercialize her low cost solar device while on paid leave from Princeton. Eden first trial of her high school invention was in Kenya between her Freshman and Sophomore year at Princeton. It was after that summer that Eden applied to become one of the first ever NCIIA Student Ambassadors, with a personal mission to infuse more social entrepreneurship at Princeton. Eden successfully attracted Nicholas Negreponte, founder of One Laptop Per Child and former head of MIT’s Deshpande Center, as the keynote for the first-ever TEDxPrincetonUniversity event. With a team of over a dozen volunteer organizers, Eden had a standing-room-only crowd of 250 with the President of Princeton kicking off the event which featured a dozen student and faculty social ventures. At 18, Eden was one of the youngest student ambassadors but undoubtedly one of the most successful.
To read more about Eden’s personal story of deferring college to advance her social venture, visit: Eden Full in NYT, September 2012.