2017 Scholars

Jordyn Arndt, 2017 Graduate Public Service Scholar

Jordyn Arndt is an M.A. candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she studies American foreign policy and international economics. Originally from Minnesota, Jordyn graduated summa cum laude from St. Catherine University with a B.A. in French, international business, and economics. Prior to graduate school, Jordyn was the government affairs manager at the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. She also served as the secretary of a professional women’s association and volunteered for UN Women while in Singapore. While a B.A. Rudolph Foundation scholar, Jordyn interned for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking where she promoted responsible business and access to fair and safe work. 

Amie Alexander, 2017 Rudolph Scholar at the Clinton School for Public Service

Amie Alexander, of Little Rock, Arkansas, earned her Master of Public Service at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in 2018. In addition to her focus on public service, she was also a concurrent law student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and will complete her Juris Doctorate in May 2019. Prior to her tenure in the Clinton School and Bowen School of law, Amie attended the University of Arkansas, where she graduated with honors and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and an emphasis in Agricultural Education.

At the Clinton School, Amie worked with the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation to study the residual effects of rural electrification and what lessons can be applied to the struggle to provide broadband service for rural Arkansans. Over the summer of 2017, she worked with the Foreign Agricultural Service in Tokyo, Japan, where she assisted in developing agricultural commodity trade reports and marketing American agricultural products. Upon the completion of  both of her degrees, Amie plans to use her knowledge of both public service and law to influence rural development policy and promote social change. Amie is passionate about closing the gaps between rural and urban America, specifically in the areas of poverty, education, agricultural literacy, and access to broadband.

Vasiliki Chioti, 2017 STEM Scholar

Vasiliki hails from Greece, but lives in the Philadelphia area, where she studied at Haverford College. She fell in love with science the summer before her senior year in high school, when she flew to Louisiana to investigate the enigmatic resistance of alligators to pathogenic microorganisms. Four years later, Vasiliki was a rising senior majoring in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. Her interest in medicinal chemistry grew after working in the Witze lab at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied aberrant epidermal growth factor receptor signaling in breast cancer. While a B.A. Rudolph Foundation scholar, she researched protein interactions in natural product biosynthetic pathways under the supervision of Dr. Louise Charkoudian. At the same time, she annotated biosynthetic gene clusters for the Minimum Information about a Biosynthetic Gene cluster (MIBiG) data standard, which aimed to facilitate research on natural products.

Katie Deutsch, 2017 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Katie Deutsch graduated from Wichita State University with a B.B.A in Economics and a B.A. in political science with minors in women’s studies and law and public policy. While a student, Katie served as chief of staff for the student government association, founded a student advisory group to promote best Title IX practices across campus, and served as a student ambassador. Off campus, Katie served as an advocate for the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, supporting survivors of sexual assault during crisis hotline calls and forensic sexual assault examinations. While a B.A. Rudolph Foundation scholar, Katie interned in the Office of the General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., providing research and analytic services for ongoing sex discrimination cases. Katie aspires to obtain her Juris Doctor with a focus in labor law and civil rights, with the intention of entering public service to further equity among marginalized groups within the labor market.

Katia Domingues, 2017 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts, Katia Domingues is a first-generation, college graduate from Tufts University with a B.A. in community health. At Tufts, Katia was a BLAST scholar, a Tisch College Summer Fellow, president of Tufts Gospel Choir, and an Honos Civicus member. She studied abroad in Athens, Greece and worked with a non-profit organization to create art therapy lessons for the mental health wellness of refugees. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she worked at ThriveDC, a non-profit focused on social service for the D.C. community. Eventually, Katia intends to pursue degrees in law and public health and plans to use her education to defend the rights of communities of color who are most vulnerable to the healthcare inequities in American society.

Sabrina Fields, 2017 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Sabrina Fields studied at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Originally from San Antonio, TX, Sabrina transferred to Georgetown her sophomore year to study science, technology, and international affairs with a concentration in security and a minor in Arabic. In her time on campus, Sabrina served as an undergraduate research scholar in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, researching the impact of U.S. military cultural training on service members during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sabrina previously served as an intern in the Executive Office of the President under the Obama Administration. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she interned in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the State Department.

Alessandra Gonzalez, 2017 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Born and raised in Orange County, California, Alessandra Gonzalez studied psychology, social behavior and criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine. On campus, Alessandra worked as a peer educator with the Campus Assault Resources and Education Office, where she educated the university community through workshops that tackled issues such as sexual assault awareness, consent, safe dating, and building healthy relationships. Serving the local community in Orange County, Alessandra volunteered as a sexual assault victim’s counselor – working for the Orange County sexual assault hotline and providing resources and support to victims. While a B.A. Rudolph Foundation scholar, she interned at Girls, Inc. where she supported the College-Bound Girls Program for middle-school girls that aims to promote and foster academic, emotional, and social well-being by focusing on health, sexuality, leadership development, and advocacy. Alessandra aspires to further victim’s rights through a career in law and strives to end gender-based violence across communities and social institutions.

Viviana Gonzalez, 2017 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Viviana Gonzalez attended New York University, where she studied politics and social and cultural analysis. On campus, Viviana did advocacy work through her university’s DREAM Team, an organization that promotes and expands campus policies that protect undocumented students. In addition to immigration reform, Viviana was also dedicated to criminal justice reform and women’s equality and health care promotion. A native of Illinois, Viviana worked on behalf of her home state as an intern in both Senator Tammy Duckworth’s (D-IL) and Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) offices while a B.A. Rudolph Foundation scholar. She previously worked as a finance intern for Senator Duckworth’s campaign. 

Mannal Haddad, 2017 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Originally from Redondo Beach, California, Mannal attended University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) where she studied political science and communication. On campus, she was involved in the co-ed pre-law undergraduate fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta, and through that organization she helped create and run UCSB’s Professional Fraternity Council. During her collegiate experience, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland and interned in the Scottish Parliament. While there, she worked closely with a Member of the Scottish Parliament to research and write legislation. Upon her return to the U.S., she stayed involved in local and national politics, and subsequently interned for the Santa Barbara City Hall to promote civic and community engagement and support important resources for Santa Barbara youth. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she interned in the Office of Representative Salud Carbajal. She plans to eventually run for public office.

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Ellie Lefkovich, 2017 STEM Scholar

Ellie Lefkovich grew up in Southington, Connecticut and attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York where she was a biomedical engineering major on the pre-medical track. In her free time, she helped plan tutoring and special events for young children in need through the Pre-medical Student Association, worked on a 3D printed prosthetic arm design for the e-NABLE program, and was a member of the Baja SAE race team. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Ellie spent her summer interning for the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. At Walter Reed, she assisted in clinical studies and patient care for veterans with lower limb prosthetics. Ellie plans to attend medical school and specialize in the field of prosthetics and orthotics.

Priscilla McCelvey, 2017 Graduate Public Service Scholar

Priscilla McCelvey graduated with her M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, MA. Throughout her studies, she specialized in human security, gender analysis, and international conflict resolution, particularly in the Pacific-Asia region. Prior to graduate school, Priscilla taught English in South Korea and completed internships with NGOs in Cambodia, the Philippines, and the United States. Her internship in the Philippines with an anti-human trafficking NGO was the catalyst for her continued passion to address issues surrounding human trafficking. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she interned for the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Priscilla hails from Brookeville, MD and holds a B.A. in psychology from Colby College in Waterville, ME.

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Neeja Patel, 2017 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Neeja Patel recently graduated from the University of California San Diego, where she majored in biology and minored in humanities. During the school year, she served as one of the university health and wellness advocates and worked in a lab in the VA San Diego to study diabetes in mice. Neeja was also a teaching assistant for first year biology classes and worked in the Writing Center as an undergraduate peer mentor, mainly working with English language learner students. While a B.A. Rudolph Foundation scholar, she was a state and local policy intern for the Forum on Youth Investment. She intends to pursue a career as a physician, attending medical school at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and hopes to continue to combine her interests in health policy and clinical practice throughout the course of her career.

Stacy Paull, 2017 Graduate Public Service Scholar

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Stacy Paull earned a Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of British Columbia and in 2012 she received a Masters of Research in Human Geography from the University of Glasgow. With a background in developing public library children’s programming, she chaired the teen summer reading committee at the DC Public Library and started Maker Camp, a program which aims to build confidence, engineering, and creative skills in children. Stacy also spent time teaching English in Vietnam, Italy, and Malawi.  With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she interned at the State Department in the American Spaces Program, combining her passions for developing empowering library programs for children and working internationally on cultural and education programs.  Stacy hopes to turn her passions into a career of empowering young people all over the world to realize and reach their potential.

Astrid Quiñones, 2017 Graduate Public Service Scholar

Astrid Quiñones was a dual degree student at Syracuse University, where she earned a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Public Administration. While studying at Syracuse University, she was also an Editorial Member of Syracuse Law Review and an Associate Member of Moot Court Honor Society. Prior to her graduate studies, Astrid dedicated a year of service to the domestic violence survivors of Los Angeles and interned at the Public Defender Services of the District of Columbia. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she interned with Legal Aid Society, focusing on domestic violence and family law. She hoped to find a career that bridges her interests in family law, violence against women legislation, non-profit management, and civil rights.

Priya Shukla, 2017 STEM Scholar

Priya Shukla is from Germantown, Maryland and was a biological sciences major at the University of Maryland, with a concentration in physiology and neurobiology. Priya was also one of the founding members of Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity’s Maryland Beta chapter, where she worked on the committee of finance to fundraise for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Priya interned at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Department of Neurology for multiple summers, where she studied neuroimmunology; specifically how infections impact the central nervous system. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Priya learned more about the Zika virus and its impact on the brain. Her plans for the future include attending medical school and pursuing a career as a neurologist.

Bridget Smith, 2017 STEM Scholar

Originally from Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, Bridget was an exercise science major at the University of Mount Union. Bridget spent her free time serving as the treasurer of the university’s inter-science research club and in her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta. She was also passionate about research: she has published a handful of scientific abstracts, including one based on research done while an intern at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Combining her love of clinical work and helping people, Bridget helped patients recover from heart complications through exercise and nutrition while interning at the Cleveland Clinic in the Cardiac Rehabilitation facility as a B.A. Rudolph Foundation scholar. Bridget is a Masters degree candidate at Lincoln Memorial University and hopes to continue her education afterwards to receive a combined MD-PhD degree.

Hannah Sweeney, 2017 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Originally from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Hannah attended University of Pennsylvania, where she pursued a major in political science and minors in religious studies and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies. On campus, Hannah worked for the Penn Women’s Center and was an active member of Penn Anti-Violence Educators, which allowed her to facilitate dialogue in regard to pressing issues of interpersonal violence and women’s rights. Hannah also served on the Penn Undergraduate Assembly, where she advocated for resources for low-income and first-generation college students. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Hannah spent the summer interning with the U.S. Department of State’s Department of International Religious Freedom. During her internship, she further studied the intersection of religion and politics, while learning public policy applications.

Maia Tarnas, 2017 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Originally from the Big Island of Hawaii, Maia attended Tufts University where she studied community health, Middle Eastern studies, and Arabic. She is an alumna of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth Program, where she studied Arabic in Amman, Jordan. On campus, Maia was a rower on the women’s Crew Team, a costume designer for a campus theatre club, and a Synaptic Scholar through the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she interned at the Centers for Disease Control’s D.C. Office, where Maia put her passion for infectious disease control and prevention into action. She hopes to continue working in infectious disease control in refugee populations and in zones of crisis.

Angelique Talmor, 2017 Graduate Public Service Scholar

Angelique Talmor earned her M.A. in International Public Management at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs. French-American, she was born in Paris and moved to Florida at age five. Later, Angelique attended the University of Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in political science and French. While at the University of Florida, Angelique was an active on-campus leader: she co-directed a student project to send medical supplies to Niger, established a mentorship program for French majors, and served as both president of the French club and vice president of UF’s chapter of Amnesty International. In addition to her on-campus activities, she interned for the French Embassy in Washington DC, worked as a communications advisor on a political campaign, and held a summer fellowship in political studies at the Hudson Institute. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she returned to the Hudson Institute as an intern and focused on transatlantic relations. Angelique plans to pursue a career focused on strengthening transatlantic and French-American ties.

2016 Scholars

Shivangi Bhatia, 2016 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Shivangi recently graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, majoring in political science and women, gender and sexuality studies. When it comes to sexual violence prevention, Shivangi’s passion for women’s rights led her to be a pro-active member on campus. Additionally while still in college, Shivangi created a program to increase menstrual health education in rural areas of India. Shivangi hoped to use the skills and experiences she gained through her internship at EMILY’s List, to launch a career in activism with women and girls living in communities of India. She hoped that by learning how to empower women domestically to get involved in politics, she can do so internationally in an effort to ensure that Indian laws are less oppressive and gendered.

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Ryan Corbett, 2016 Graduate Public Service Scholar

Ryan Corbett graduated from the Boston University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts in 2017. Before starting law school, she worked at the African Refugee Development Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, working with and helping asylum seekers reunite with family members abroad, and apply for refugee status. This first sparked her interest in international refugee law and she has been working in that field ever since. After her first year in law school, Ryan traveled to Cairo, Egypt to work at the Refugee Legal Aid Project at St. Andrew’s Refugee Services. There, she assisted asylum seekers in their appeals for refugee status as well as helped with resettlement applications and appeals. During her second year of law school, she worked at the Human Trafficking Clinic at BU School of Law. Ryan also started the BU Law chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and is served as the Chapter Director. She was also elected Editor-in-Chief of the BU School of Law International Law Journal. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Ryan traveled to Washington D.C. to work with the Caribbean Protection Unit of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. There, she drafted refugee status determination and appeal decisions for asylum seekers in the Caribbean region, as well as advisory opinions requested by Caribbean governments for pending asylum claims.

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Stacy Cox, 2016 Rudolph Scholar at the Clinton School for Public Service

Stacy Cox is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas where she earned her Master’s of Public Service. She was a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow at the Clinton School and served as the student government association treasurer. Stacy is a magna cum laude graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She has been volunteering for Heifer International since 2009. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she interned with Heifer International, where she conducted evaluations of Heifer’s projects in India. Her public service journey began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia working to increase access to education for rural Zambians. Upon completion of her degree, she planned to continue this journey by using her skills as a photographer to promote social change.

Ellie Fratt, 2016 STEM Scholar

Ellie Fratt, originally born in the small-town of Ashland, Wisconsin, now resides in Memphis, Tennessee where she attended Rhodes College. Ellie majored in neuroscience and double minored in chemistry and religious studies. On campus, Ellie tutored statistics and is passionate about mental health awareness and advocacy. With the assistance of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Ellie continued her previous research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the Potter Lab. Ellie’s project involved isolation and identification of specific enzyme inhibitors found within various natural products; her research earned her a 2016 Barry Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention. She hopes to pursue a dual MD/PhD degree, and go into translational research in Neuroscience.

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Sana Johnson, 2016 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Sana Johnson graduated from Boston University where she studied international relations with a minor in history. At Boston University, Sana worked as a Student Ambassador for the Center for Career Development and Educational Resource Center, where she helped connect her fellow Terriers to the academic and career-related resources they needed. While a B.A. Rudolph Foundation scholar, Sana worked for the Department of Justice in the Strategic Communications Office for the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys. During her internship, she used her capacity for creative problem-solving and learned about new ways to communicate messages to specific audiences. She intends to pursue a career in public policy. 

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Jessica McDonald, 2016 Graduate Public Service Scholar

Originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jessica McDonald acquired her Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in May 2016. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, where she graduated summa cum laude. While pursuing her Masters, Jessica focused her studies on the intersection of energy and climate. She was able to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) international climate negotiations as a student delegate for the American Chemical Society in Lima, Peru in 2014. During this trip, Jessica became intrigued by the multilateral policymaking process. She has since worked for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva, Switzerland where she researched and reported on international policy developments at the nexus of trade, climate, and the environment. Most recently, Jessica assisted ICTSD in Paris, France with reporting and analysis of the Paris Agreement, an international climate agreement adopted by countries to the UNFCCC. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she pursued her interests in national energy and climate policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of International Climate and Clean Energy.

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Ashlee Peña, 2016 Graduate Public Service Scholar

Ashlee Peña is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She recently earned a Master’s degree in Educational Policy and Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Trinity University in San Antonio and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from St. Mary’s University School of Law also in San Antonio. Since law school, Ashlee has worked as a legislative aide on public education in the Texas Senate, advocated on behalf of Social Security Disability Insurance recipients, and started a private law firm. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she interned as a Graduate Fellow with the Archer Center Graduate Program in Public Policy and with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Ashlee hopes to combine her knowledge of law and education policy in order to pursue a career advocating for the betterment of equal and adequate educational opportunities for all.

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Felicia Reyes, 2016 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Felicia Reyes majored in American Studies and ethnicity. She held leadership positions in various organizations on and off campus, such as being the president of The Roots Foundation- which aims to uplift women on Skid Row through mental health and wellness events. She also worked as a mentor and tutor for mobilized high school youth at Community Coalition. Felicia is a foster youth advocate through the nonprofit Journey House, where she helped demand legislative change for former foster youth in California. Aside from her extracurriculars, Felicia also worked with the Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives, where she helped implement programming for different student communities on campus. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Felicia worked on a project that involved Freedom University and the movement for undocumented student’s rights to a college education in Georgia. She has continued to help with the Spreading Seeds Project, in which she helps analyze best practices to help system-impacted youth who have experienced severe trauma.

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Taylor Ross, 2016 Graduate Public Service Scholar

A native of Houston, Texas, Taylor graduated from Brown University. She has worked on Capitol Hill, at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and at the U.S. Department of Education. Outside of school and work commitments, Taylor volunteered her time in local public schools and founded an education-based nonprofit organization, the Empowerment Through Educational Equity Group. In 2016, she interned at the White House, in the Domestic Policy Council’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She hopes to pursue a career in public service, particularly in the intersection of law and education policy.

Michelle Williams, 2016 Graduate Public Service Scholar

Michelle Williams was born in Brazil and grew up in Guyana, where her former career as a news reporter allowed her to appreciate the importance of efficient delivery of information like health care. Michelle is graduated with a Master of Health Informatics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Michigan and an Associate of Science from Lake Michigan College. She is a 2011 Lake Michigan College Presidential Scholar and a 2012 Center for the Education of Women (CEW) Scholar at the University of Michigan. Michelle’s goal is to have a world where patients have access to data and the necessary tools to manage their own health. She believes that patient-centered healthcare is the future, and will be effective in setting and maintaining higher standards and quality of care, especially for disadvantaged and minority groups. Michelle volunteered with the Safe Shelter for Women and Children Domestic Violence victims and is currently a member of the CEW’s Advisory panel. Her internship at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C., provided her the opportunity to expand her knowledge in understanding the development of informatics policy decisions for improving health outcomes across communities. She participated in two projects: the implementation of new diagnostic codes for the Zika virus in a clinical decision support (CDSS) system for hospitals across the nation, and a patient matching and data quality initiative aimed at improving the quality and usefulness of big data by developing standards.

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Lizzy Wicks, 2016 STEM Scholar

Lizzy is from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi. While majoring in International Studies and French, she also pursued the pre-medical curriculum and planned to attend medical school. As a part of the Croft Institute for International Studies, Lizzy formed a Global Health concentration and completed her senior thesis on the relationship between culture and worldview as displayed on maps throughout history. Through the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, she became actively involved with the Lazarus Project, a multispectral digital imaging research team that seeks to restore damaged historical manuscripts. In her spare time, Lizzy enjoyed volunteering as an ambassador on the Ole Miss campus, teaching Organic Chemistry recitations, teaching French at the local Boys and Girls Club, singing, and painting. She was also the primary organizer for the first TEDxUM event on the University of Mississippi campus. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Lizzy worked with Dr. Anthony Atala, the director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. As a part of Dr. Atala’s lab, she used 3D cell culture techniques to create a more effective in vitro model of the human brain for use in drug testing and therapy.

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Racquel Sohasky, 2016 STEM Scholar

Originally from Sylvania, Ohio, Racquel Sohasky recently graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in Spanish. In the summer of 2016, Racquel was named a 2016 B.A. Rudolph Foundation STEM Scholar and interned with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology. Inspired by a previous medical mission trip to Nicaragua, Racquel recently volunteered in Guatemala where she lived in the rural community of Nuevo Horizonte and taught English. She also had the opportunity to volunteer in a nearby clinic and participate in the community’s women’s group, advocating specifically for women’s health rights. Racquel is currently a medical student at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

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Kristina Rothchild, 2016 STEM Scholar

Kristina Rothchild is a recent graduate from Haverford College where she studied chemistry and French literature. Her passions blur the line between biology and chemistry with a specific focus on medicinal plant secondary metabolites. While a B.A. Rudolph Foundation scholar, Kristina worked under the supervision of Dr. Lynn Adler at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, studying the medicinal effects of nectar and pollen compounds on bees infected with the intestinal parasite Crithidia bombi. Following her research at UMass, Kristina spent a year in Toulouse, France, teaching English at the middle and high school levels. Kristina plans to earn a Ph.D. studying plant chemistry and ultimately teach and conduct research at a university.

2015 Scholars

Milly Bartolome, 2015 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Milly Bartolome majored in political science with a Spanish minor at the University of Georgia. On campus, Milly was a student ambassador for the UGA School of Public and International Affairs as well as a student advocate and founding member of the Moot Court Team. In 2015, Milly served as the President of the University of Georgia Mock Trial Program where she learned about and practiced law, the field in which she hopes to pursue a career. While in South Africa on study abroad, Milly volunteered as a student teacher in an after-school program for students in a small township. Milly studied how the impact of discrimination and lack of civil rights can have lasting effects on a society and government over time. Through experiences abroad and with the Mock Trial and Moot Court programs Milly has developed a keen interest in human rights law. Milly’s passion and dedication to the field helped her secure her B.A. Rudolph Foundation sponsored internship with the Department of Justice in the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the Criminal Division.

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Olga Boichak, 2015 Graduate Public Service Scholar

A native of Ukraine, Olga graduated from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (Syracuse University) with a Master’s of Public Administration degree and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Civil Society Organizations. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she served as a National Youth Delegate to the United Nations, a Global Youth Ambassador, and a Fulbright Fellow. An alumna of the School for Political Leaders of the Eastern Partnership, Olga joined CEPA, the Center for European Policy Analysis, the only U.S.-based public policy research institute with an exclusive focus on Central and Eastern European relations, as their intern. Olga intends to pursue a doctorate degree in social sciences, researching the effects of globalization and digitalization on civil society in a transatlantic context.

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Ivana Djukic, 2015 Graduate Public Service Scholar

Ivana Djukic received her M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in conflict and conflict resolution from the Elliott School at George Washington University. Originally from the former Yugoslavia, she came to the U.S. as a refugee with her parents in 1997. Ivana graduated from Towson University in May 2014 summa cum laude with a B.A. in political science and international studies and a minor in economics. While at Towson, she was also part of the Honors College and served as the commencement speaker for the College of Liberal Arts. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she interned at Save the Children as a Public Policy and Advocacy Intern focusing on emergency humanitarian response. In the future, Ivana plans to continue on to a career in the field of conflict resolution or humanitarian response and has a particular interest in the needs of children and youth during conflict or emergencies.

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Cambrey Dent, 2015 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Originally from New Orleans, Cambrey graduated with a B.A. in political science from Baylor University. While at Baylor, she served as a Baylor ambassador, community leader, and union board member. Her passion for public service also led her to serve with many organizations within the greater Waco area, including the Wendy Davis for Governor Campaign. Cambrey also served as a math tutor for Communities-In-Schools, an organization dedicated to surrounding at-risk youth with the tools, resources, and support needed for success. Dedicated to child advocacy, she interned in the office of Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini during the 84th legislative session to improve pre-kindergarten initiatives. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Cambrey interned with the Children’s Defense Fund and in the Office of Congressmen Cedric Richmond. 

Yuliya Grigoryan, 2015 Graduate Public Service Scholar

Yuliya graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2017. During her time in law school, she focused her energy on creating IMPACT, an organization that helps link students to their community through pro bono and non-profit work. She founded IMPACT independently from any faculty prompting or assistance, simply because she saw a need to be involved in her community. Regarding her studies, Yuliya developed an interest in tax law and interned at the U.S. Tax Court, with the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation. This experience helped further her career plans in tax law and her comprehension of the subject. She also volunteered for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic at the law school, where she completed tax returns for indigent taxpayers. Yuliya hopes to combine her interest in tax with her service-driven mindset to start a nonprofit to help the community understand tax in a hands-on way.

Jennifer Guzman, 2015 Rudolph Scholar at the Clinton School for Public Service

Jennifer Guzman is from Little Rock, Arkansas and holds a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree from the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service. In 2015, she traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where she conducted an evaluation of the Lotus Kids’ Club, a program that uses holistic education to prevent future cases of human trafficking and exploitation among some of the poorest families in the region. In the fall of 2015,  Jennifer worked with the human rights department of Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington D.C. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked at a local elementary school, where she taught French and Spanish to children ranging from pre-K to the fifth grade. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with degrees in International Studies and French. Jennifer is very passionate about human rights and hopes to empower people to help them achieve safety, security, and success.

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Chelsea Johnson, 2015 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Chelsea Johnson is from Washington, D.C. and graduated from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Chelsea was a sociology and African-American studies major interested in pursuing a law degree and a career in public interest law. At Gettysburg, she worked as a student ambassador in the admissions office and as a research and office assistant in the department of African American studies. For the summer of 2015, Chelsea secured an internship with the Office of the U.S. Attorney. She plans to attend law school and improve relations between disenfranchised communities of color and local law enforcement officials.

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Erika Marmol, 2015 STEM Scholar

Erika is originally from Park City, Illinois and studied computer engineering at Tufts University. She is passionate about STEM diversity, and seeks to help bridge the technological gap between first and third world countries as it applies to children and their knowledge on STEM fields, by introducing more women and people of color. In June 2015, she interned with Camp Eureka in Puerto Rico, where she applied her knowledge of engineering with her knowledge of the Spanish language and culture in her work teaching children about programming, robotics and making mobile applications. Erika also worked at Sage Corps in Chicago, IL, where she further developed her own programming and coding skills by working to increase their website’s functionality. She is described as a “stellar” student both academically and in her extracurricular activities, even among a class of high-achievers, as well as “a caring person, who has the drive and passion to make a real difference for society.”

Eleanor Krause, 2015 Graduate Public Service Scholar

Eleanor Krause was a Graduate Scholar in 2015 when she interned for the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) U.S. Climate Program. She was an undergraduate at the University of Vermont, receiving a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Environmental Studies. When Eleanor was a Foundation scholar, she was pursuing her graduate studies at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and received a Master of Public Administration. Today, she is a research assistant at the Brookings Institution’s Economic Studies Department focusing on domestic poverty, income inequality and economic mobility.

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Erin Marshall, 2015 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Erin is from Frankfort, Kentucky and graduated from Wake Forest University, where she studied Politics and International Affairs. As a junior, she studied abroad in Venice, Italy. On campus, Erin was the president of the Wake Forest College Democrats and lead efforts to increase political awareness among the students at Wake Forest by organizing voter registration drives and student transportation for elections. Previously, she served as a field intern on the Kentucky senate race for Alison Lundergan Grimes. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Erin served as a political intern at the Democratic National Committee.

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Emmie Mediate, 2015 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Emmie Mediate hails from Colorado Springs, Colorado and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Africana studies, health, and international development. With the generous support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she interned with the U.S. State Department in the Bureau for African Affairs in the Office of East Africa, where she hoped to learn more about public sector policymaking in her key region of interest. She recently completed graduate school at Oxford University, where she studied Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation. Her long-term goal is to promote more effective health interventions in East Africa, either in a position with the U.S. government or in academia.

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Juliette Rando, 2015 STEM Scholar

Juliette hails from Sharon, Massachusetts, and graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, where she studied biology and neuroscience. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she worked under Dr. Sarah Tishkoff at the University of Pennsylvania, studying the genetic variants that cause short stature in Pygmy populations in central Africa. She performed assays to study the effects of these variants on expression of two genes related to the Growth Hormone/Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (GH/IGF1) pathway. Juliette was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship in 2014 and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the Netherlands, where she studied the effects of prenatal-SSRI exposure on autism, depression, anxiety-like behavior in rats. She hopes to continue conducting neurogenetics research, earn a PhD, and eventually become a professor.

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Katie Tsai, 2015 STEM Scholar

Katie Tsai is from the Philadelphia area. She graduated from Haverford College in 2016 with a B.S. in chemistry and minor in education. At Haverford College, Katie coordinated a STEM outreach program for Philadelphia high school students. She also tutored at the Writing Center and Chemistry Question Center. In her spare time, Katie loved to tutor at a local Philadelphia elementary school and served as a mentor for the Lower Merion School District Girls Leadership Council. With the support of the B.A Rudolph Foundation, Katie pursued her interest in chemistry by researching the fascinating enzymatic machinery behind natural product biosynthesis pathways with the Charkoudian Lab. She also worked with the Charkoudian lab to develop accessible, practical, and affordable STEM curriculum modules for under-resourced public schools.

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Marie Vastola, 2015 STEM Scholar

Marie is from Pacific Grove, California, and in addition to attending Pacific Grove High School, was also a student at the Woolman Semester, a program that focuses on peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability. She graduated from Haverford College where she majored in biology and minored in public health. Inspired to go into medicine after reading Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, Marie studied abroad in Denmark where she took classes on cancer biology and public health. She worked as an undergraduate researcher, characterizing bacteriocin proteins produced by a category of Escherichia colibacteria, as they relate to infantile gastrointestinal disease in Nigeria. With the generous support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Marie worked in Irv Weissman’s lab at Stanford University. Dr. Weissman is a renowned stem cell researcher and the director of the Stanford Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Her project involved gene editing to block an interaction between immune cells and cancer cells in which the cancer manages to evade the immune system. Marie hopes to go to medical school and is considering work in infectious diseases or epidemiology.

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2014 Scholars

Alejandra Carrillo, 2014 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Lexii graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she double majored in Classics and Sociology, as well as minored in Philosophy with a concentration in Legal Studies. As a B.A. Rudolph Foundation scholar, she interned with the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division. During her internship, she worked with international law enforcement agencies and governments on extradition and mutual legal assistance cases. She used her Spanish fluency to facilitate communication between these agencies, while learning the intricacies behind extradition and international discovery law. Her goal is to become a civil liberties lawyer with international criminal justice focus.

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Jamie Keene, 2014 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Jamie graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts in 2016. She majored in Government and minored in History, with particular interests in socially just governance, engaged citizenry, and equality rights. During her time at Smith, she worked as an organizer for female employees of the college as they entered contract negotiations, a community organizer for Ed Markey’s Senatorial campaign, and worked as a Community Health worker in Ecuador. She participated in a semester abroad program at the University of Oxford in the spring of 2015. One of her recommenders stated that she is, “simply, one of the finest students [she has] taught in [her] more than 40 years of teaching undergraduates at Smith College.” She hopes to run for public office in the future.

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Molly Stoneman, 2014 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Molly graduated from Princeton University where she studied public and international affairs with an American studies minor. Her career interests and passion are in promoting equal access through social justice policy. After organizing and leading a student group trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with stakeholders in the disability community, she became passionate about reform for disability policy, education, prison reform, and healthcare. On campus, she served as the vice president of Princeton’s undergraduate student government, co-founder and vice president of the Princeton committee on bipartisanship, and was involved with the Ivy Council, Breakout Princeton program, community action service orientation program, and the United States Senate scholars program. In Spring 2014, Molly studied abroad at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, where she enjoyed traveling and baking in her spare time.

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Shabia Furkan, 2014 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Pia graduated in 2015 from Smith College, where she double majored in Government and Sociology. She was selected to participate in the competitive Jean Picker Semester-In-Washington Program, a combined internship and course work program in Washington, D.C., for the summer and fall of 2014. She is dedicated to women’s issues, equality, policy creation, and specifically education policy. Over the summer of 2013 she interned at the Women’s Action for New Directions, where she learned about nonprofit management and policy formation. Her long-term goal is to enter a career in research and policy formation to improve educational opportunities for low-income students, and in turn, to use education as a tool to combat poverty. One of her recommenders described Shabia as a student who, “stands out among her peers in terms of exceptional maturity, intellectual rigor, analytical depth, originality, and confidence.”

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2013 Scholars

Courtney Cronin, 2013 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Courtney Cronin is originally from Boston, MA. She found her passion for political issues at age six when she volunteered for her first political campaign. In 2014 she worked as a field organizer and then as Deputy Regional Field Director for the reelection campaigns of Senator Mark Udall and Congressman Ed Perlmutter in Colorado’s 7th congressional district. As a Foundation scholar in 2013, Courtney interned with the Small Business Majority, a nonprofit that represents small business interests. She received her BA summa cum laude in Political Science from the University of San Diego in 2014. In 2018 she graduated from Stanford Law School where she was recognized with High Pro Bono distinction for more than 200 hours of service during her time in law school.

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Victoria Kern, 2013 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

A native Floridian, Victoria graduated from the University of Florida, where she majored in business administration and management, with a minor in nonprofit leadership. As a 2013 B.A. Rudolph Foundation scholar, she held a combination internship at LIFT, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help individuals that are facing troubled times achieve economic stability. She also served as a summer fellow as a community advocate, and was their development intern. Her recommenders describe her as a driven self-motivator, striving to better herself and the situation of others.

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Casey Richards, 2013 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Casey was a global interdisciplinary studies major, and political science, Japanese, and Asian studies minor at Villanova University. While in college, she interned at Sen. Bob Casey, Jr.’s office. Previously, she also worked as a Political/Economic Intern at the U.S. embassy, Majuro in the Marshall Islands. During this time, her grant proposal to the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Department of State was accepted, allowing for the building of exercise facilities in RMI, where the diabetes rate is highest in the world. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she broadened her horizons by interning at Valente & Associates, a government affairs firm.

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Flannery Wasson, 2013 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Flannery is from Fort Smith, Arkansas, and majored in political science, while minoring in drama and communications at the University of Arkansas. On campus, she was an active member of Invisible Children and LGBT organizations and organized the local NOH8 campaign and PRIDE Prom. Building on her passion of campaigning for those without a voice, Flannery interned in the communications department of United to End Genocide in the summer of 2013. A catalyst for change, her recommenders described her as “a diligent, determined, passionate and capable young woman” with a “strong sense of civic duty” who “refuses to rest on her laurels”.

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2012 Scholars

Ciara Chivers, 2012 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

Ciara is from Elko, Nevada. Ciara studied Peace & Justice Studies and Religion at Tufts. In fall of 2011, she attended a study abroad program in Ghana. She is passionate about education policy, particularly accessible, high-quality education equality. Last summer, she explored education reform as an Urban Education Leaders Intern with the D.C. Public School System. As one of her recommenders so aptly put it, “Ciara is the kind of young woman who would have touched B.A.’s heart.”

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Kelsie Cox, 2012 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

As a B.A. Rudolph Scholar, Kelsie interned at Rachel’s Women’s Center. In 2013, Kelsie graduated from Rhodes College, where she studied Political Science and Gender Studies. Originally from Bentonville, Arkansas, she is interested in pursuing a career in women’s services, particularly reproductive rights. She has had past internships at Choices, Memphis Center for Reproductive Health, a crisis center, a women’s shelter, and Planned Parenthood. She recently graduated from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College with a Master of Education in Community Development and Action.

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Alexa Stevens, 2012 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Alexa studied Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic at Tufts University. During her junior year she traveled to Amman, Jordan to join Middlebury’s language intensive Schools Abroad program, where she improved her Levantine Arabic and witnessed first-hand the complex effects of the Israeli-Palestinian and other regional conflicts on Jordanian society and people. With the generous support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Alexa joined the American Task Force on Palestine as a Public Diplomacy Intern in the summer of 2012 where she learned the ins and outs of Middle East policy advocacy on the Hill. Since graduating in 2013, she moved to Bethlehem, Palestine to continue working for the rights of Palestinian people. She is currently a project development officer at the largest independent Palestinian media organization, Ma’an Network, fundraising and managing media projects that promote democracy, the rights of women and youth, and independent media.

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