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Paul A., Paul H., & Isabella A. Clarke Scholarship

In 1997, Isabella A. Clarke, in memory of her son and husband, established a bequest which would provide for an endowed scholarship in the School of Public Affairs to benefit undergraduate and/or graduate students who demonstrate academic merit and financial need. Students must also demonstrate an interest in public service. This year five graduate students will be awarded $4,000 each.

The Clarke family has been involved in public service for many years, so it was a natural choice for Mrs. Clarke to decide that a family scholarship to benefit students studying in SPA was a suitable memorial.

2010-2011 Awardees


Catherine “Ellie” Ezzell
Hometown:  Houston, Texas
Class of 2012
BA/Political Science and International Studies

Ellie is a rising junior pursuing a double major in political science and international studies. She is an exceptional student and takes advantage of the many opportunities that American has to offer. In her freshman year, she participated in the Learning Communities program and entered the American University Honors Program.  She received the Outstanding Freshman Student award through the Honors Program and won a grant from the American University Human Rights Council. With the grant, she will complete a six-credit Honors and JLS independent study project. This summer, she is continuing her research into social justice by leading an Alternative Break trip to Dharamsala, India to stay with the Tibetan refugee community. In addition, she plans to spend this year abroad in Argentina and France, studying political science internationally.

McKenzie Vaughn
Hometown: Cary, Illinois
Class of 2013
BA/Political Science and Language and Area Studies

McKenzie Vaughn is pursuing a double major in political science and language and area studies. She is highly involved in the Residence Hall Association and serves as the vice president of programming for McDowell Hall. In the summer of 2010, McKenzie interned in the state’s attorney’s office for Lake County, Illinois where she developed her love for law. After AU, McKenzie plans on attending law school and eventually hopes to receive a master’s degree in Spanish studies.

Joanne Conelley
Hometown: Kensington, MD
Class of 2013
BA/ Justice, BS/Mathematics

Joanne Conelley is a sophomore pursuing dual degrees in justice and mathematics. She most enjoys her criminology courses and plans to pursue a career in federal law enforcement in the future. In her spare time, she tries to be an active mentor for School Girls Unite, a non-profit organization that she co-founded in middle school which helps educate girls in Mali.

Emily Danielle Pfefer
Hometown: Belton, Missouri
Class of 2011
BA/ Political Science and Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG)

Emily Pfefer is a senior, double majoring in political science and an interdisciplinary degree in communications, legal institutions, economics, and government. She spent her junior year abroad studying politics, philosophy and economics at the University of Oxford in Lady Margaret Hall. When not in the library, Emily kept busy with Amnesty International, the Oxford University Women's Campaign, orchestra, and traveling in Europe. She also became a finalist for the Truman Scholarship while overseas.  After completing her undergraduate studies, Emily plans to pursue public interest law, become an activist for female labor rights and possibly return to the United Kingdom to continue her examination of women in British government. 

Dan Honold
Hometown: Solon, Ohio
Class of 2011
BA/Law and Society; Spanish Studies

Dan Honold is a junior majoring in law & society and Spanish.  He is an active member of the AU community, participating in several clubs including the AU Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team. Dan hopes to use his degrees in law and Spanish to pursue a career in the legal community. He will be furthering his Spanish studies during a semester abroad in Santiago, Chile this fall.