Two WT McNair Scholars Receive Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarships – The Amarillo Pioneer

Two West Texas A&M University graduates are among a handful of young Latino leaders from around the country chosen for paid internships in Washington, D.C.

Michelle Galdamez, 2017 WT graduate, and Madeline Kleinschmidt, 2022 WT graduate, are among the 26 chosen for the 2022 cohort of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Their appointments will run from August to May. They were selected from a panel of 300 applicants.

“We are exceptionally proud of Michelle and Madeline, and it is a testament to the level of academic rigor that WT offers its students that two of our program alumni have been selected for the institute,” said Victoria Salas, McNair Scholars Program Director. from WT. “Both students will be empowered to effect effective change through civic engagement in their future careers following their internships at CHCI.”

CHCI provides leadership, public service, and political experiences for outstanding Latino students and young professionals. In addition to internships in DC, where they earn competitive salaries, those selected for the institute also meet with members of Congress and other government officials, corporate executives, nonprofit advocates, and leaders. of opinion to discuss issues facing the nation and the Hispanic community.

Galdamez received a dual master’s degree in public health and public administration from Texas Tech University in May, following his bachelor’s degree in health sciences at WT in 2017. Originally from El Salvador who now lives in Lubbock, Galdamez received the scholarship CHCI’s graduate program, designed for young Latino leaders who wish to pursue a specific area of ​​public policy.

Galdamez plans to work in health policy for her internship.

“My time as a McNair Fellow marks the beginning of my journey to positively impact the health status of all Latin American communities,” Galdamez said. “I am excited to share my shared experiences as a first-generation Latina immigrant and to continue to advocate for equitable access to health care.”

Kleinschimdt, a Kenai, Alaska native who earned a bachelor’s degree in international business, was awarded the CHCI Bank of America Public Policy Fellowship. His cohort will explore public policy by working directly on Capitol Hill with DC-based organizations that advance public policy issues. Kleinschmidt was selected based on her commitment to leadership, her interest in civic engagement and her desire to give back to her community, Salas said.

“This internship will provide me with an extraordinary level of professional experience and leadership skills,” Kleinschmidt said. “I look forward to participating in the legislative process and understanding its unique role in the implementation of foreign policy.”

Participants work Monday through Thursday to learn all aspects of public policy and work on projects to advance issues. Fridays are dedicated to building leadership according to CHCI’s four pillars of leadership: civic engagement, social responsibility, empowerment, and fostering community and Hispanic culture.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Success Program, also known as the McNair Scholars Program, is funded by the United States Department of Education. The program is called Dr. Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to fly in space. After his death in the Space Shuttle Challenger mission in 1986, members of Congress funded the McNair Scholars program.

This year’s CHCI cohort represents 24 academic institutions in 15 states and Puerto Rico. Half of them are first-generation college students, half of them grew up in low-income homes, and 42% are Latinos in STEM fields.

WT’s efforts to develop undergraduate academic excellence, as evidenced by Galdamez and Kleinschmidt, are a key maxim of the University’s long-term plan, WT 125: From begging to the world.

This plan is fueled by the historic amount of $125 million one west huge fundraising campaign. To date, the five-year campaign — which launched publicly on September 23 — has raised around $110 million.

-West Texas A&M University

Comments are closed.