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finals The Pilot and Legacy Awards, named in honor of the Batten School’s late founder, Frank Batten, Sr., are the most prestigious student-nominated awards for graduating Master of Public Policy students and students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership.

The Pilot and Legacy Awards, named in honor of the Batten School’s late founder, Frank Batten, Sr., are the most prestigious student-nominated awards for graduating Master of Public Policy students and students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership.

Alyssa Candelmo

Batten School student Alyssa Candelmo said she aims to be a person who makes “positive decisions” for minorities and marginalized communities. 

After receiving his undergraduate degree from George Washington University, Batten student Cam Morales (MPP ’22) landed a job with renowned international law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he worked as a public policy specialist. While the work was immensely satisfying, he felt like something was missing. That led him on the path to the Batten School’s unique graduate program.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from George Washington University, Batten student Cam Morales (MPP ’22) landed a job with renowned international law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he worked as a public policy specialist. While the work was immensely satisfying, he felt like something was missing. That led him on the path to the Batten School’s unique graduate program.

Washington DC

Ten Batten students and alumni — the highest number to date — have been selected as finalists for this year's prestigious Presidential Management Fellows Program, which is designed to develop a strong cadre of future government leaders.

Two Batten students say the new January term leadership course changed how they view both the presidency and policy in general.

Two Batten students say the new January term leadership course changed how they view both the presidency and policy in general.

After an unfortunate season-ending injury at the beginning of her second year with the WNBA’s New York Liberty, Jocelyn Willoughby has returned to Grounds to finish her Master of Public Policy degree at Batten.

After an unfortunate season-ending injury at the beginning of her second year with the WNBA’s New York Liberty, Jocelyn Willoughby has returned to Grounds to finish her Master of Public Policy degree at Batten.

Batten student Ethan Betterton (MPP ’22), VPR managing editor, interviewed Washington Post Supreme Court reporter Bob Barnes at an event hosted by VPR earlier this semester. (Photo by Ben Leistensnider)

The Virginia Policy Review, Batten’s oldest student organization, offers an ever-expanding space for people with differing perspectives to convene and converse.

Bocock

Through the generosity of Fred and Mary Buford Hitz, seven Batten students completed summer public service internships with support from the Frederic S. Bocock Fellowship.

911

As the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaches, Batten student Jane Frankel (BA '22) and alum Matt Gillam (BA '21) share their impressions of 9/11 and its lasting influences.

Batten Builds 2021

After a challenging year and a half, Batten students were especially excited to serve their community in person.