The Catholic University of America

Aug. 8, 2006

CUA Junior Samantha McClellan Selected as Presidential Fellow

WASHINGTON - Samantha McClellan, a rising junior at The Catholic University of America, was selected as a 2006-07 Presidential Fellow by the Center for the Study of the Presidency, a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1965 to "serve as a central resource on issues affecting the modern presidency."

McClellan is one of 65 students selected each year from the nation's leading colleges and universities to participate in the Center Fellows program, a yearlong opportunity to study the U.S. presidency, the public policymaking process, and the chief executive's relations with Congress, allies, the media and the American public. The center's stated goal is "to develop a new generation of national leaders committed to public service."

During the yearlong fellowship, participants will visit the nation's capital for fall and spring conferences, where they will network with other scholars and decision makers. They also are charged with researching, writing, presenting and defending a paper on the American presidency.

McClellan was nominated for the award by Associate Professor of Politics Stephen Schneck, director of the university's Life Cycle Institute.

A member of the university's honors program, she is double majoring in biomedical engineering and politics, while playing three varsity sports: cross country, swimming and track. When the Uniontown, Ohio, native learned that she had received the fellowship, she was in England participating in the university's study-abroad internship program with the British Parliament.

"The fellowship is something that I never expected to win," said McClellan, who also will serve as a residential advisor at CUA in the coming school year. "I am truly honored that Professor Schneck, the best professor I have had, chose to nominate me."

McClellan is the fourth CUA student to be selected as a Presidential Fellow since the program's inception in the 1960s. Frank Morroni, now a rising senior, was selected as a fellow last year.

"The Center for the Study of the Presidency fellowship was a tremendous experience," Morroni said, adding that it afforded him rich opportunities to meet other students interested in the study of politics, history and sociology. "The program is a unique opportunity for students to engage in this kind of study in a competitive atmosphere while at the same time experiencing the perspectives of students from other top colleges."

MEDIA: For more information, contact Chris Harrison or Katie Lee in the CUA Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,