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Polahn '19 Earns Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship

Jamie Polahn
Author: 
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
April 25, 2018
  • The fellowship helps students earn master's degrees in fields tied to public policy and international affairs.
  • Polahn says studying at Morris opened doors and opportunities that set her apart in the application process.
  • Inspired by her mother's journey to become a nurse, the junior biology major hopes to follow her own public-health path some day.

Jamie Polahn '19, Champlin, earned a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship. Polahn was attracted to the PPIA program because it offered an opportunity to get involved in public policy and health. Inspired by her mother's journey to become a nurse, Polahn hopes to follow her own public-health path some day.

The Extra Edge

The PPIA Fellowship is designed to help students earn master's degrees in fields relating to public policy and international affairs. In addition to attending the seven-week Junior Summer Institute at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School, Polahn will receive a $7,000 scholarship and support for GRE testing and applications to PPIA Graduate School Consortium programs.

The program also provides fellows the chance to connect with approximately 4,000 alumni who share their public policy interests. Students are selected based on their academic records and involvement in student activities.

Polahn says studying at Morris opened doors and opportunities that set her apart in the application process. She was exposed to a variety of subjects that she says "broaden[ed her] perspective on career choices."

"I have become more knowledgeable on different fields of studies that I would not have been exposed to if I had gone to another university," says Polahn.

Polahn was one of three Morris students offered PPIA Fellowships this year. According to Professor of History and Coordinator for National and International Fellowships Jennifer Deane, their accomplishments are proof of the strength of student Morris attracts and nurtures.

"The PPIA program's focus on drawing a diverse community of young people into public service aligns beautifully with our campus's mission as an affordable public liberal arts college," says Deane. "Our students are passionate, dedicated problem-solvers from diverse backgrounds who genuinely care about making a difference in the world, and it's exciting to see their potential recognized and encouraged in this way."

The Road Ahead

Polahn hopes to attend graduate school after Morris. The experience and connections she'll gain from the PPIA program will set her up for success as a public health advocate, she says.

"Being part of the PPIA fellowship will better prepare me for graduate school and life beyond."

About PPIA

The PPIA competition is administered at Morris through the Academic Center for Enrichment. To learn more, visit ace.morris.umn.edu.