The Catholic University of America

Aug. 14, 2006

Two CUA Graduate Students Awarded Bryce Harlow Scholarships

Two Catholic University graduate students are among 17 Washington, D.C.-area students selected for Bryce Harlow Scholarship awards for the 2006-2007 academic year. The Bryce Harlow Foundation, an educational organization based in D.C., awards the $6,000 scholarships to exceptional graduate students with career goals in public affairs, government relations or lobbying who demonstrate high academic achievement and leadership skills.

The CUA students who received the scholarships are Alexandra Nunez, a legislative correspondent for U.S. Sen. John Kerry, and Cynthia Searcy, associate director of development for The Federalist Society in Washington, D.C.

Bryce Harlow Scholars attend graduate school part time while working full time in a variety of settings, including Capitol Hill, government agencies, and lobbying firms and associations. In addition to the $6,000 award, Bryce Harlow Scholars participate in mentoring relationships with members of the foundation's board of governors.

At CUA, Nunez is working on a master's degree in politics in the field of congressional and presidential studies. Originally from Boston, Nunez now lives in Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood. She says she plans to use her graduate degree and political experience to do advocacy work and then possibly run for political office in Massachusetts in the future.

A resident of Arlington, Va., Searcy is pursuing a master's degree in politics in the field of political theory. Searcy says she hopes to continue her work in Washington in the non-profit sector.

The Bryce Harlow Foundation was established in 1982 in honor of Bryce Harlow, a business lobbyist and counselor to several presidents.

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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,