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Bellisario College Fellows

Bellisario Fellows, group photo, 2019

The Bellisario College Fellows program provides a transformational learning experience for students, helping them meet and network with alumni and industry leaders while engaging them to serve as ambassadors for the Bellisario College and Penn State. The goals of the Bellisario Fellows Program are to recognize and reward outstanding, high-achieving students and provide opportunities for service, scholarship, and professional development.

Belisario Fellows, group shot 2021

Students selected as Bellisario College Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as interacting with alumni and industry leaders, mentoring first-year students, attending professional or academic conferences, participating in Penn State’s Undergraduate Exhibition, attending roundtables with distinguished visitors, dinner with Deans of the Bellisario College, outreach for recruiting high school students, and teambuilding exercises. Students selected as Fellows also receive an annual scholarship and the opportunity to apply for enrichments funds.

Candidates are evaluated on their academic performance, demonstrated interest in career development, involvement in the Bellisario College and campus media opportunities, and potential to become notable stewards to the Bellisario College.

Current Bellisario College Fellows

Preview image for Emily Eng, Advertising/Public Relations
Preview image for Isabella Granada (Stanhope, New Jersey), Advertising/Public Relations

Campus clubs/organizations: Association of Women in Sports Media, Dancer Relations THON, THON Organization-Tetra, FYIC Homecoming,
Penn State Sports Night, ED2010, CASA

What I hope to accomplish as a Bellisario Fellow
: "I hope to accomplish a framework of experiences and work ethic values that will put me in the best posiition to achieve future goals. These goals include working in the social media realm and pursuing a career in marketing."

Preview image for Lauren Groff, Advertising/Public Relations

Campus clubs/organizations: Penn State Presidential Leadership Academy, Association for Women in Sports Media, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority

What I hope to accomplish as a Bellisario Fellow: I hope to reciprocate the generosity I have unconditionally received from the faculty and staff throughout my Penn State journey thus far. I look forward to serving as a peer mentor and advocate for the Bellisario College and all it has to offer.

Preview image for Sara Harkins (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania), Advertising/Public Relations

Campus clubs/organizations: 46 LIVE, VALLEY Magazine

What I hope to accomplish as a Bellisario Fellow
: "I hope to build up my professional and personal development, and help to guide other students to take advantage of what this college has to offer. I want to serve as an example of someone sharing their story, being proactive, and encouraging others like me to be brave and get involved."

Preview image for Kathryn Tague, Advertising/Public Relations
Preview image for Catherine Cao (South Setauket, New York), Film Production

Campus clubs/organizations: Delta Kappa Alpha Cinematic Society, Penn State Fencing

What I hope to accomplish as a Bellisario Fellow
: "I'm hoping to show the current and future Penn State community how Bellisario students, who hail from all backgrounds, go above and beyond in their many successes. In addition I hope to show the general public and professional world how much potential lies within the Bellisario College."

Preview image for Abby Tarpey, Film Production
Preview image for Maryah Burney (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), Journalism

Campus clubs/organizations: The Multicultural Association of Schreyer Scholars, Black Caucus, Presidental Leadership Academy, Students Teaching Students, World In Conversation, Prison Journalism Project, National Millennial Community, Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated,

What I hope to accomplish as a Bellisario Fellow
: "I hope to positively impact and build meaningful relationships with prospective and current students. Through my own experience, I know that finding a place and navigating college can be incredibly difficult. I hope to be able to use my own experiences to help others through theirs and share that a major isn't a limitation when it comes to achieving your dreams and finding the aspect of communications that fits each individual. I'm looking forward to connecting with alumni and industry professionals and being able to bring that knowledge to my peers and apply it in my own life. Most importantly, as a Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications Fellow, I hope to be a resource for other students of color entering the college and help further initiatives around diversity, equity and inclusion. Being a student in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications has been one of my biggest sources of pride and joy and I hope to be able to help other students in the college find the same feelings."

Preview image for Destiny Sanchez (Stony Brook, New York), Journalism

Campus clubs/organizations: Penn State Sports Night, Association of Women in Sports Media, 46Live, Penn State Sports Business Conference, Penn State Network Television, Society of Professional Journalists.

What I hope to accomplish as a Bellisario Fellow: I hope to represent the college with high integrity, ambition, and leadership. I hope to engage in giving prospective students insight to what it is like to be a student here and potentially be the reason they choose to come to Penn State. I look forward to engaging with alumni and donors who contribute so much to their alma mater, and represent the college in those environments.

Preview image for Preston Shoemaker (Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania), Journalism

Campus clubs/organizations: CommRadio, Centre County Report, 46 LIVE, John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, Young Life, Bellisario Tour Guide

What I hope to accomplish as a Bellisario Fellow
: "I hope to contribute my driven attitude and work ethic to this group as we look to mentor the next generation of Bellisario students and grow our college on multiple facets. I am also excited to network with professionals and share with alumni the amazing things that are happening right now in the Bellisario College."

Preview image for Megan Swift (Murrysville, Pennsylvania), Journalism

Campus clubs/organizations: Schreyer Honors Scholar, The Daily Collegian, Penn State Network News, SHO Time Orientation Mentor, Kalliope, No Refund Theatre, Thespian Society

What I hope to accomplish as a Bellisario Fellow
: "I hope to foster a welcoming and motivating environment for incoming first-year students by offering advice from personal experiences. I'm absolutely thrilled to be part of this program and am really looking forward to forming lasting connections with alumni in the journalism industry as well. Finally, I strive to be an example that fellow students can look toward for guidance and friendship!"

Campus clubs/organizations: The Daily Collegian

What I hope to accomplish as a Bellisario Fellow
: "I want to become the best journalist I can possibly be. I hope to leave Penn State with the drive and passion for strong insightful writing that great journalism requires."

Preview image for Jodi Norton (Ellington, Connecticut), Telecommunications and Media Industries

Campus clubs/organizations: Student Film Organization, FOTO, Schreyer for Women

What I hope to accomplish as a Bellisario Fellow
: "I hope to be able to work on developing my career in communications through growing my network and gaining industry knowledge from those working in it currently. Additionally I would love to be able to give back to the Bellisario community as a fellow and help foster relationships between the students and the college."

Bellisario College Fellows

-- SPRING 2022 --

Advertising/Public Relations: Emily Eng, Lauren Groff, Kathryn Tague

Film Production: Ryan Manuud, Abby Tarpey

Journalism: Destiny Sanchez (Stony Brook, New York)

-- FALL 2021 --

Advertising/Public Relations: Catherine Cao (South Setauket, New York), Sara Harkins (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania)

Journalism: Maryah Burney (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), Preston Shoemaker (Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania), Megan Swift (Murrysville, Pennsylvania)

Telecommunications and Media Industries: Jodi Norton (Ellington, Connecticut),

-- FALL 2020 --

Advertising/Public Relations: Isabella Granada (Stanhope, New Jersey), Kaitlin-Jean Noel (East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania)

Film Production: Chris Alderfer (Schwenksville, Pennsylvania)

Journalism: Jade Campos (Caroline County, Virginia), Kira Mohr (Boston), Luke Vargas (Covington, Louisiana)

-- FALL 2019 --

Advertising/Public Relations: Jillian Beitter (Long Island, New York), Christina Chambers (West Chester, Pennsylvania) and Nina Trach (South Brunswick, New Jersey)

Film-Video: Katie Gergel (West Chester, Pennsylvania), Jake Jurich (Ashburn, Virginia) and Jacob Saar (Etters, Pennsylvania)

Journalism: Maddie Biertempfel (Pittsburgh), Dejanae Gibson (Clarksville, Tennessee) and Josh Starr (Broomall, Pennsylvania)

Media Studies: Dominika Brice (Stamford, Connecticut)

Telecommunications: Skylier Smith (Cleveland)

-- FALL 2018 --

Advertising/Public Relations: Christina Chambers (West Chester, Pennsylvania) and Taylor Harrington (Westport, Connecticut)

Film-Video: Katie Gergel (West Chester, Pennsylvania) Peter Rivera (Land O’Lakes, Florida)

Journalism: Maddie Biertempfel (Pittsburgh) and Alison Kuznitz (Trumbull, Connecticut)

Media Studies: Bennett Nesley (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) and Ellis Stump (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania)

Telecommunications: Andrea Melgar (Pahrump, Nevada) and Meghan Shiels (Julian, Pennsylvania)