Dec. 17, 2018

Eight Batten Students Selected as Finalists for the Federal Government's Prestigious Presidential Management Fellows Program

Today, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy announced the selection of eight Batten students as finalists in the highly competitive Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program. The PMF program, administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, is the federal government’s most prestigious fellowship for graduate students entering the federal workforce. Finalists are able to bypass the standard federal hiring process and, once appointed to a position, participate in a two-year paid fellowship that includes unique leadership, training, development, and advancement opportunities.

The PMF program was established by executive order in 1977 to draw the nation’s brightest citizen-scholars to federal service. In addition to exceptional oral and written communication skills and demonstrated commitment to leadership and service, applicants must be on track to receive an advanced degree or have completed an advanced degree from a qualifying university within the previous two years. The rigorous application process requires multiple steps, including an online exam and in-person assessment. Typically, only about five percent of applicants are selected as finalists.

A total of 12 UVA students from schools and programs across the University were selected as finalists in the PMF class of 2019. The Batten School’s 2019 PMF finalists are:

Kathryn Babbin (MPP ‘19) 
Policy areas of interest: foreign policy, education policy

Ellen Beahm (MPP ‘19)
Policy areas of interest: foreign policy, national security policy

Conor Boyle (MPP ‘19)
Policy areas of interest: program analysis, welfare programs, budget policy

Layla Bryant (MPP ‘19)
Policy areas of interest: space, science, and technology policy

Amy Dalrymple (MPP ‘19)
Policy areas of interest: foreign policy, education policy

Matthew Hensell (MPP ‘18)
Policy areas of interest: foreign policy, national security policy

Shea Kearns (MPP ‘19)
Policy areas of interest: foreign policy, international humanitarian policy

Joshua Margulies (MPP ‘19)
Policy areas of interest: science and technology policy, emergency preparedness and management, national security policy

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About the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy: The University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy is authoring a new model of public policy education. Of the 250-plus schools of public policy and administration in the U.S., the Batten School has the distinction of being the only one explicitly committed to teaching leadership—how it works, why context matters in decision-making and which actions lead to tangible results. The School’s programs inspire students to act vigorously, effectively and ethically on behalf of the common good. Learn more at www.batten.virginia.edu.