1 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED:
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This fellowship is so important to me because it means that I do not have to take out any loans while I am at the University of Maryland. This alone is huge deal as I thought I'd have to take out a loan for almost the entire cost of my final semester (spring of 2016). Furthermore, seeing the list of people who have received this fellowship before me and knowing what wonderful things they have been able to accomplish since graduating gives me hope that I too can accomplish great things post-graduation.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
I chose the University of Maryland for two reasons. First, I heard from a 2010 MPP grad and a 2012 MPP grad that it was an excellent program (and I trust these two people immensely). Secondly, when comparing this program's cost (which was a factor in my choosing) being a state school and me being a Maryland resident meant that I could get a world-class education at an extremely reasonable rate.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
After I graduate, I hope to work in DC at a non-profit education organization that focuses on k-12 education. I loved (and still love) my public education and want to make every child in DC know that with education comes great opportunity and with opportunity anything is possible.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I will be earning my Master of Public Policy with a focus on education and non-profit management in May of 2016.
What is your Hometown?
My hometown is Larksville, PA - very close to Wilkes-Barre. If you are an Office fan, you might know Scranton, which is about 30 minutes away.