Foote and Webb selected for PPIA scholarships

Foote and Webb selected for PPIA scholarships


JONESBORO — Two Arkansas State University students have been selected to participate in the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowships this summer.

Ellie Foote of Jackson, Mo., will be a Fellow of Princeton University’s Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Cabot’s Kaleb Webb will be a member of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Foote and Webb, who are students at Honors College, both work on dual majors, political science, and world languages ​​and cultures, with a focus on global studies. They also have minor in Spanish.

The PPIA Scholarship provides funds to attend the PPIA Junior Summer Institute at select U.S. Schools of Politics after the recipient’s junior year. Program participants receive a graduate scholarship, professional development, and mentorship for students considering a career in public policy or international affairs.

Foote’s campus activities at A-State include the Student Government Association, Model United Nations, Moot Court, Pre-Law Club, and Women’s Leadership Center. After graduating, she plans to attend law school with career plans to work as an immigration lawyer, and she hopes to one day become an ambassador to the United Nations.

“I never thought that, financially, I would have the opportunity to study at an Ivy League school,” Foote noted. “Now that I have been accepted as a PPIA Fellow at Princeton, I am so grateful to everyone in the A-State community for helping me prepare for this opportunity.” His parents are Aaron and Sarah Foote.

Webb is president of the Student Philanthropy Council and president of the Food Pantry with Volunteer A-State. After graduation, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in global political studies and Latin American studies. His long-term plans include working with international humanitarian organizations to help refugees, asylum seekers and other victims of political problems.

“I am so honored to receive this scholarship, and I believe it will be a life-changing experience. I am grateful to the PPIA program and the University of Minnesota for providing this incredible opportunity for students who are serious about making a positive impact in their communities,” Webb commented. “I am grateful to the faculty and staff for all of their support and assistance throughout this process. I look forward to participating in this program and gaining a deeper understanding of politics and how it can change the world. »

A-State’s Emerging Scholars Program supports all students seeking special opportunities similar to PPIA.

“Kaleb and Ellie will get a lot out of this scholarship,” said Jennifer Salo, director of the program, who encourages other students to pursue learning opportunities that will help them achieve their goals. “My office provides one-on-one coaching to develop strong applications for nationally competitive grant programs in areas such as study abroad, service and leadership, and STEM research education. The Emerging Scholars program is here to help all of our red wolves find additional opportunities outside of the classroom.

A full description of the PPIA Junior Institute program, accompanying graduate scholarship, and enrichment benefits is available online.

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