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Ann Eppard Memorial Scholarship and Congressional Internship now accepting applications

December 5, 2013

The Ann Eppard Memorial Scholarship and Congressional Internship program offers scholarships for summer congressional internships. Scholarships and congressional internship placements are awarded annually to deserving upper-level Saint Francis University students, with preference for young women from Pennsylvania without regard for race, religion, or ethnicity.

Ann Eppard, a native Pennsylvanian, was chief of staff to Congressman Bud Shuster who served as the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. Congressman Shuster, Chairman of the Ann Eppard Memorial Scholarship Committee, stated, “Ann served as a mentor to innumerable interns and staff, nurturing their talents and ensuring that they enjoyed a rich and rewarding experience on Capitol Hill. She made it a personal priority to support young peoples’ participation in the political process in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation and she would be pleased to know that her name is being used to help advance Saint Francis students in this special way.”

One six-week congressional internship will be awarded each summer. There is some flexibility in scheduling, but the internship must be completed prior to July 31. The scholarship will provide a $5,000 stipend to defray housing and other living expenses. The selection process is competitive.

The successful candidate will be an upper-level student. The intern will have a strong academic background, possess good communication and research skills, and have a genuine interest in the legislative processes, government and law. Personal integrity and discretion in dealing with confidential and/or sensitive legislative matters are required.

Application Procedure

To apply, send a copy of your current transcript and a 250-word essay describing your reasons for wanting to pursue this internship placement to: Dr. Joseph Melusky, Department of History and Political Science Internship Supervisor (Scotus 316B). Additional supporting materials can be supplied at the applicant’s discretion. For additional information contact Dr. Joseph Melusky at x3060 or jmelusky@francis.edu.

Application Deadline

January 14, 2014 - Finalists will be interviewed by a selection committee prior to awarding of the scholarship and internship.