Full-tuition graduate fellowships awarded under a new CLU center for public service came around just in time for Nina Kuzniak ’13 to continue her education at CLU, instead of moving away for a master’s in public policy program and possibly picking up additional college debt.
“Because my graduate research is a spinoff of my undergraduate research, I am able to continue using the local community resources that I tapped into – the organizations that I spoke with and became almost friends with,” said Kuzniak, who is looking into how sex education affects young women’s perceptions of and access to health care.
One of the first two Gallegly Fellows, Kuzniak plans to complete all of her coursework and write a required thesis to earn a Master of Public Policy and Administration by the end of summer.
Zachary Zabo ’13, a Gallegly Fellow and co-valedictorian of his CLU class, is on the same tight schedule as he pursues research on local civic engagement and the Los Angeles neighborhood council system. He discovered that a master’s degree was a virtual requirement when applying for jobs in local government agencies, where he hopes to become an administrator or political adviser.
At an Oct. 3 gala dinner at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, former Rep. Elton Gallegly launched a fundraising campaign for the Elton and Janice Gallegly Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement. In addition to more student scholarships, future plans for the nonpartisan center include providing public affairs research grants and bringing in visiting scholars and speakers.
In coming years, Gallegly Fellows will be selected early enough to get a head start on the MPPA during their fourth year of undergraduate study, putting them on a fast track to the advanced degree five years after starting college.
To learn more about supporting the Gallegly Center, call 805-493-3158 or visit www.callutheran.edu/gallegly.