Partnership Awards

Partnership Awards

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Partnership Awards

The Washington Center works with a number of partners to provide students with a rewarding experience in Washington, D.C., from liaisons to private and public universities, faculty leaders and university systems. Once a year, The Washington Center rewards these partners during its Annual Awards Luncheon. The 2017 award recipients include:

 

Private Institution of the Year

Hofstra University

 

Hofstra University

 

A private institution located on Long Island in Hempstead, New York, Hofstra University was founded in 1935. Although Hofstra initially sent students primarily to The Washington Center’s academic seminars, the university has since expanded the partnership to allow for internship program participants, as well. In fact, TWC welcomed a record number of Hofstra students to the spring 2017 semester. Since 2008, Hofstra has supported students taking advantage of opportunities TWC offers at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Along with other wonderful advocates on campus, TWC staff members are fortunate to work closely with Meena Bose, a past faculty director for TWC’s seminars, Rene Giminiani-Caputo, and Rosanna Perotti, who has recently joined the Liaison Advisory Board.

 

Public Institution of the Year

University of Washington

 

University of Washington

 

One of the oldest educational institutions in the Pacific Northwest, the University of Washington (UW) has been sending some of its most talented students to The Washington Center’s academic internship program for nearly four decades. UW and TWC have jointly served over six hundred students over the years, including 14 who enrolled in summer and fall 2017. UW’s liaison, Meera Roy, has been invaluable in her efforts to welcome Washington Center representatives to campus, guide students through the application process and participate in the Liaison Advisory Board.

 

New Affiliate of the Year

Earlham College

 

Earlham College

 

Founded in 1847, Earlham College is a private institution located in Richmond, Indiana. A leader in experiential education, Earlham launched its partnership with The Washington Center in 2016. TWC is excited to welcome this new affiliate and looks forward to working with Earlham to prepare its students to make a profound and positive difference in the world. Since TWC was first offered on campus, ten Earlham students have already enrolled in the program, and Earlham’s campus liaison Jennifer Lewis has been instrumental to ensuring a smooth start to this relationship.

 

Academic Seminar Partner of the Year

Quinnipiac University

 

Quinnipiac University

 

A private institution in Southern New England, Quinnipiac University was established in 1929 and has worked with The Washington Center since the early 2000s. Although students frequently pursue internship experiences through TWC, Quinnipiac has long been a particularly strong academic seminar partner. Three Quinnipiac faculty leaders (Scott McLean, who serves as TWC liaison, as well as Kathy Cooke and Jennifer Sacco) participated in the Presidential Inauguration 2017 Academic Seminar along with thirty-eight students, making them the largest group for TWC’s January program this year.

 

Liaison of the Year

David Myers, Alvernia University

 

Alvernia University

 

After assuming the liaison role at Alvernia University, a Franciscan institution established in 1958 and located in Reading, Pennsylvania, David Myers has helped to consistently expand The Washington Center’s presence on campus. From his position within the O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service, he has worked to ensure that TWC representatives spend productive days oat Alvernia and have an opportunity to reach a wide range of students. His cohort this fall is the largest that the university has sent to D.C. for a single semester, and Dave has also encouraged students and faculty to get involved in TWC’s academic seminars.

 

State Partner of the Year

Pennsylvania

 

Pennslyvania

 

The State Partnership of the Year Award goes to Pennsylvania, a longtime partner which provided $350,000 last year to support students and $350,000 again this year. Over 70 public and private university students last year were able to engage in transformative experiences in Washington, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has provided scholarships for over 1,000 students since the partnership began in 2002.

 

Next year's awardees will be announced in summer 2018.

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