Madeline Alvendia, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn, has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, VA in its twenty-seventh annual fellowship competition. A total of 52 fellowships were awarded in 2018. James Madison Fellowships support further study of American history by college graduates who aspire to become teachers of American history, government, and social studies in the nation's secondary schools, as well as experienced secondary school teachers of the same subjects.
Named in honor of the fourth president of the Unites States and acknowledged "Father of the Constitution of the Bill of Right," the fellowship will fund up to $24,000 of Ms. Alvendia's course of study toward a master's degree. That program must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the United States Constitution.
Ms. Alvendia was selected for a James Madison Fellowship in competition with applicants from Nevada. Additional fellowships were awarded in each of the states. The fellowship - funded by income from a trust fund in the Treasury of the United States and from additional private gifts, corporate contributions, and foundation grants - requires its recipients to teach American history or social studies in a secondary school for at least one year for each yeah of fellowship support. The award in intended to recognize promising and distinguished teachers, to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government, and thus to expose the nation's secondary school accurate knowledge of the nation's constitutional heritage.
Founded by an act of Congress in 1986, the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. In addition to offering fellowships, the Foundation undertakes other activities relating to secondary school education about the Constitution's history. For more information please see www.jamesmadison.gov