Senior Beau Scott Named 2019 Coro Fellow
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Apr. 29, 2019—Santa Clara University senior political science major Beau Scott has been named a Coro Fellow. One of 60 fellows nationwide, he will be spending nine months in San Francisco, California exploring a broad range of public sectors including government, business, electoral politics, organized labor, non-profit/philanthropy, and media.
“I hope to come out of the Coro Fellowship with a new arsenal of skills, as well as expertise, to combat some of the world's most pressing policy issues,” Scott says. “In particular, I look forward to working with and learning from the many impressive experts and fellows to better serve the needs and wants of my community. If nothing else, I want to be prepared to help make impactful, positive, and tangible change.”
One of 12 fellows in the San Francisco cohort, Scott is eager to learn the ins and outs of policy from experts in the Bay Area. “I am most excited to grow alongside my cohort. I learn the most when I am part of a group that features diverse opinions and people from various cultural backgrounds.”
Scott was drawn to the Coro program because of its extensive alumni network which includes notable people such as U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (Coro ’56) of California and Michael Bennet (Coro ’88) of Colorado, as well as its legacy of instilling in fellows invaluable skills for a life of public service.
“I have a passion and duty to play a part in uplifting vulnerable communities through public service,” he says. “I hope to one day hold public office, but first plan on bettering my own community.”
Learning in a variety of settings, the fellows will participate in seminars, field placements, focus weeks, and projects that will enable them to understand how the different sectors of society work and interact with each other. Fellows will have the opportunity to explore ideas in a non-partisan setting, interview leaders they would not otherwise meet, and gain direct access to institutions, communities, and leaders.
Scott was one of 26 students statewide and the only student from SCU to be selected for the Panetta Congressional Internship program in 2017 during his junior year. He spent two-weeks at a rigorous academic orientation at the Panetta Institute at Cal State Monterey Bay followed by an 11-week experiential internship in Washington D.C. in the office of a California member of the U.S. House of Representatives. This experience motivated him to continue exploring work in the public sector and led him to apply for the Coro Fellowship.
“Beau personifies the opportunities available at Santa Clara and all that the University hopes to see in its graduates,” says Greg Corning, chair of SCU’s Political Science Department. “With hard work, ambition, and the support of faculty, Beau has grown into a serious student of public policy with a deep commitment to a career in public service. It's been a pleasure to watch him grow from a somewhat timid, first-generation college student into a Coro Fellow with a full-ride scholarship at a Top 5 graduate program in public policy.”
Fellows are required to complete a final independent project in cooperation with an agency that allows them to explore an area of interest while developing their negotiating skills. Though Scott doesn’t yet know where this fellowship will take him, he does know one thing—”The 72nd Class of Coro Fellows promises to be a great one!”
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