BETHANY, W.Va. —Bethany College senior Morgan Minor, a political science major from Wellsburg, W.Va., has been awarded a spring term Judith A. Herndon Fellowship with the West Virginia Legislature.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Morgan. The Herndon Fellowships are highly competitive, and we are delighted that she has been chosen,” said Gary Kappel, associate vice president for academic affairs and director of institutional effectiveness. “It will give her the opportunity to observe the inner workings of state government throughout a full session of the legislature and to work closely with her mentor's staff in managing the day-to-day aspects of governance.”
Judith A. Herndon Fellowship interns are chosen through a rigorous selection procedure and are required to perform research and further their understanding of the legislative process throughout the 60-day session. They work closely with a legislator from the Senate or House of Delegates, managing a variety of staff responsibilities.
Herndon (1941-1980) was a native of Wheeling, W.Va., and, during 10 years of legislative service, was appointed to terms in both the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate. She was known for her voice of moderation and leadership in issues such as tax reform, sunset legislation and the protection of civil liberties. Herndon served as a member of the State Senate Committee on Rules and, through results of a survey performed by The Charleston Gazette, was rated the most effective of state legislators in 1978.
“As a political science major, being given the opportunity to work in the legislature is very important,” Minor said. “It brings to life the concepts that I have learned in the classroom over the past four years. I feel honored that those working in the legislature would be willing to give me a chance to show them what I'm capable of accomplishing.”
Minor was recognized for her academic achievements with top honors during Bethany’s Honors Day activities in April, when she was selected for the College’s John G. Chernenko Award in Political Science. The award is presented annually to the junior political science major with the highest overall grade point average.
Students eligible for the Judith A. Herndon Fellowship must be full-time undergraduates from a West Virginia college or university and are required to have completed 60 undergraduate hours, including a course in political science or extensive public affairs experience.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.