Voices and Ideas

Key into Public Service Scholars

“Government functions best when it is staffed by civil servants who represent our most thoughtful and accomplished citizens.” 

−Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve under four

   presidential administrations (ΦBK, Princeton)

The Society launched our newest program—Key into Public Service—to provide strong examples of how the liberal arts and sciences can open doors to meaningful, productive, and engaged lives for today’s students. This spring, we will announce the inaugural recipients of our $5,000 scholarships, a cohort of up to 20 exceptional liberal arts and sciences majors who demonstrate interest in pursuing public sector work and who attend a ΦBK chapter institution. 

Making good use of our national headquarters in Washington, D.C., at a summer convening from June 25 to June 28, the Society will provide the Service Scholars with face-to-face training and mentoring opportunities on pathways from liberal arts and sciences education into active citizenship in the tradition of ΦBK’s founders. The event also represents an opportunity for the Society to celebrate many of our members in the area who currently work in local, state, and federal public service.

According to the Partnership for Public Service, founded by ΦBK member Samuel J. Heyman, only 6 percent of the roughly 2 million permanent, full-time federal employees are under the age of 30. Now is a critical time to educate a new generation about work in government and inspire them to consider a career in public service. 

If you would like to receive an email notification when registration opens for the Service Scholars reception in late June, kindly provide the Society with your updated contact information along with your connection to public service to the attention of Nora Eigenbrodt at advocacy@pbk.org. Please also indicate if you would consider providing a job shadowing opportunity for one of our Service Scholar recipients. Members in the area interested in exploring public service careers may also request advanced notification when registration opens. Once announced in April, you can read profiles of the inaugural Service Scholars recipients at pbk.org/ServiceScholars2020.
 

The Society would like to thank our contributing members. Your support makes this project possible. 
 



(Posted on 3/24/2020 )