Rep. Adolph Celebrates Decade-Long State Partnership with TWC

Rep. Adolph Celebrates Decade-Long State Partnership with TWC

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Maha Neouchy
November 12, 2013

Last month, Pennsylvania State Representative William Adolph, who represents the 165th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, visited our Scott Circle headquarters to celebrate the $350,000 appropriation grant and decade-long partnership with The Washington Center (TWC). The appropriation grant provides financial aid for Pennsylvania students attending both public and private institutions to participate in TWC's Academic Internship Program.


Special Impact on Pennsylvania Students


A special lunch was hosted in honor of Rep. Adolph and five Pennsylvania students currently participating in the fall 2013 semester program. Throughout the lunch, the students shared stories about their experiences living and working in Washington, D.C. The conversation included topics ranging from the government shutdown and the emotional impact of the Navy Yard shooting, to living at TWC's Residential Academic Facility in NoMa with roommates from all over the world.


Student Reflections


Patrick Shank, a student at Saint Joseph's University and fall 2013 international affairs intern, spoke about how the luncheon enhanced his TWC experience, "as I would not have had the ability to meet with [Rep. Adolph] back in Pennsylvania…it was a great way to network and build connections while in D.C." Shank was also surprised to learn that Rep. Adolph had worked with his grandfather at his family's gas station in 1965. For Shank, this was a wonderful coincidence: "Had it not been for the luncheon set up by TWC, I would have never learned that my representative worked for my grandfather."


Kelly Reese, a student at Gannon University and fall 2013 intern, said she "enjoyed getting the chance to meet with one of my state representatives and share some of my experiences at The Washington Center with him, especially as he has worked extensively on providing education and different opportunities to Pennsylvania students."


The luncheon provided a wonderful opportunity for Rep. Adolph to interact with five of the 900 students the state scholarship program has benefitted since 2003. TWC would like to thank Rep. Adolph and the state of Pennsylvania for their contributions to the program over the last decade.


The Pennsylvania students who attended the luncheon include:


  • Kelly ReeseGannon University, Erie, PA
  • Lydia GorbaJuniata College, Portage, PA
  • Marissa TomassianSaint Joseph’s University, Oxford, PA
  • Patrick ShankSaint Joseph’s University, Broomall, PA
  • Thomas WeeksSaint Joseph’s University, Ardmore, PA

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