2012 Emerson Fellow Chosen 

5/21/2012 
Admissions 

Emily Grand, 2012 Emerson FellowEmily Grand ’13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grand of Springfield, Missouri, has been selected as the 2012 Emerson Fellow; Jack Easterly ’14 from Little Rock, Arkansas, is the alternate. Other finalists included Anna Holyan, Andrew Robertson, and Brian Waters. Emily’s majors are English Literature and Biochemistry with a Chemical Emphasis. She has been placed in her internship of choice with Environment America in their Federal Clean Energy Program. She will spend the majority of her summer working with the media to educate and inform the public on energy reform, especially off-shore wind and "green buildings," and working to lobby for reform on Capitol Hill.

The Emerson Fellowship commemorates the contributions and personal qualities of Congressman Bill Emerson ’59 who, over the span of five decades, contributed significantly to the shaping of American public policy and the process to achieve common sense solutions to real-world issues. The Fellowship is an annual award that provides a unique opportunity to Westminster students to learn about the political system through direct exposure to public and private sector roles in public policy development. The Fellow receives a credit-bearing internship tailored to his/her particular interest, a generous stipend of $4000 for living expenses, and an opportunity to meet public policy leaders in Washington, D.C. The Fellowship is open to students of any major who are sophomore or above and are planning to return to Westminster the semester following the Fellowship.

Students interested in applying for the Fellowship attend an informational session and submit a resume, a brief narrative explaining campus and community involvement and the significance of those activities to the Fellowship, a letter to the Selection Committee describing the candidate’s area of public policy interest and how the Fellowship can assist in meeting his/her career goals, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. The Selection Committee will then choose four to five finalists for interviews.

The Selection Committee is comprised of family and close friends of Congressman Emerson, including his widow, Congresswoman JoAnn Emerson, and his four daughters; former Emerson Fellows; the Executive Director of the Westminster College Emerson Center for Leadership and Service; and a faculty member of the campus Scholarships Committee. The Emerson Fellowship program is coordinated by the Assistant Director of the Center for Career Development/Internship Coordinator.

Previous Fellows and internship sites include the following:

Lara Banner  German Marshall Fund
Michael Butera Meridian International
Wanlapa (Fon) Komkai    The Global Fund for Children
Kate Black  Tostan International
Steven Lee  Association of Builders and Contractors
Frank (Swanzy) Essien  Friends of the World Food Program
Vanessa LaVigne  Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)
Erin Luke  National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
Sarah Goss  Dept. of Homeland Security, Legislative Affairs Dept.
Jonathan Todd  Initiative at the Corporation for National and Community Service
Jacqueline Mather  White House Office of Public Liaison
Brad Kiesling  House Commerce Committee
Raymond Bozarth  Agricultural Committee
Leslie Brooke  Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski