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FedEx Scholarship

The FedEx scholarship embodies the company’s commitment to advance access to higher education, in particular for students facing economic challenges in financing their education. FedEx Scholars will be selected based on their academic achievements, commitment to public service and financial need. Two graduate and two undergraduate students will receive awards of $5,000 for the 2009-2010 academic year. FedEx Scholars will be selected based on their academic achievements, commitment to public service and financial need. Recipients will be selected by the Dean of the School of Public Affairs.


Undergraduate

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Ellie Ezzell
Class of: 2012
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Major/Minor: Political Science and International Relations/French
Most Recent Job/Internship Experience: Work Study, SIS Academic Advising Office

Ellis Ezzell is a sophomore majoring in Political Science. Since arriving at American University from Houston, Texas, she has challenged herself to take advantage of the many opportunities that AU has to offer. In her freshman year, she participated in the Learning Communities program and entered the American University Honors Program. She received the Honors Award for Outstanding Freshman Student and won a grant from the Human Rights Council to complete a six-credit Honors and JLS independent study project. This multimedia exhibition shows the human effects of legal conflict and draws on her experiences living with the exiled Tibetan community in Dharamsala. The project will be exhibited in the Library this fall and has recently been accepted to be presented at the National Collegiate Honors Council’s 2009 conference.

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Emily Danielle Pfefer
Class of: 2011
Hometown: Belton, Missouri
Major/Minor: Political Science and CLEG
Most Recent Job/Internship Experience: American Association of University Women, Department of Public Policy and Government Relations

Emily Pfefer is a senior, double majoring in Political Science and an interdisciplinary degree in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG). She currently interns at the American Association of University Women in the Department of Public Policy and Government Relations. When not studying, she can be found playing drums in AU’s pep band or planning events for SPA undergrad council, which she presided over the past two years. Last summer, she conducted an independent research project on political organizations from Missouri with the aid of research grant from AU. She plans to pursue either a law or a Master’s degree after completing her undergraduate studies.

Katelyn Elizabeth Tullgren
Class of: 2010
Hometown: Milford, NH
Major/Minor: CLEG/WPPL
Most Recent Job/Internship Experience: Intern/volunteer, White House Office of Presidential Correspondence and Executive Assistant to Ambassador Constance Morella at the Women & Politics Institute

Katelyn Tullgren is a senior, also pursuing an interdisciplinary degree in CLEG. She is a Dean’s List student and National Political Science Honors Society member. Katelyn plays a leadership role in the Women & Politics Institute and has done extensive research on women’s issues. It is her firm belief that “the best way to fix a problem is to live the problem” and she has dedicated much of her free time to philanthropy and voluntary service, encouraging others to serve communities in need. She recently graduated with 900 hours of public service with AmeriCorps and has been invited to work at the White House in the Office of Presidential Correspondence. In the future she hopes to attend law school and continue advocating for the rights of women and children, as well as education reform.


Graduate

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Jeremy Furrer
Class of: 2011
Hometown: South Yarmouth, MA
Major/Minor: Public Administration (MPA)
Most Recent Job/Internship Experience: Internship with the Town Administrator’s Office, Yarmouth, MA

Jeremy Furrer is entering the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program this fall. He is a graduate of Western New England College, summa cum laude with a major in Political Science and a minor in English. During college, Jeremy worked in the campus law library and gained invaluable experience as a student leader. Most recently, he interned with the Town Administrator’s Office in Yarmouth, Massachusetts. He hopes to work in state government soon after graduating from the School of Public Affairs.

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Dustin Russell
Class of: 2011
Hometown: Kailua-Kona, HI
Major/Minor: Master of Public Administration
Most Recent Job/Internship Experience: US Census Bureau

Dustin Russell is a student in the MPA program as well. He is a graduate of California State University Channel Islands and credits his devotion to public service to his younger years spent growing up Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Here he was exposed to passionate community debates over city development issues, the importance of effective and various social services to a diverse population, and the value of grassroots organization. A fondness for international travel led to further lessons about committed public administration and its ability to improve communities. Dustin has since remained engaged in community improvement efforts and frequently participates in events promoting issue awareness and charity. He currently works at the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Rachel St. John
Class of: Fall 2010
Hometown: Williamsburg, VA
Major/Minor: Master of Public Administration/Graduate Certificate in Organizational Diagnosis and Change
Most Recent Job/Internship Experience: HR Policy Specialist, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Rachel St. John will graduate in 2010 with a MPA and a Certificate in Organizational Diagnosis and Change. As an alumna of Virginia Tech, she holds a bachelor’s degree in both Sociology and Human Development. Committed to service, Rachel has provided leadership within a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the Phoenix Project, the YMCA, and the Virginia Tech Women’s Center. Most recently, Rachel worked as an Human Resource Policy Specialist in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. She is dedicated her personal, professional, and academic life to building the capacity of organizations.

Success Story

Cochairs from the Class of ’99 attended the Ten Year Reunion at the 4Ps in Cleveland Park.  From left: Greg Graumann, Ann Marie Sharratt, and Justin Perillo. 

From Clawed to Counsel: Reunion Leader Reflects on Campus Experience Then and Now

According to Justin Perillo, SPA/BA ’99, WCL/JD ’02, assistant general counsel for the university and a cochair of the 10 Year Reunion, the best part of Alumni Weekend ’09, was “getting a chance to see friends that I have not seen in years.” 

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