Summer Scholar Program

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The Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI) completed its second season of the PNPI Summer Scholar Program in August of 2017. PNPI’s Summer Scholar Program provides a unique opportunity for highly-motivated undergraduate or graduate students with demonstrated financial need to learn about federal higher education policy and help shape professional development for higher education policymakers, while receiving the financial support needed to live and work in Washington, D.C.

Please see below for more information on and video interviews from this past year’s summer scholars, Jacob Martin and Casey Nguyen. During their summer with PNPI, Jacob and Casey supported and staff PNPI seminars; drafted featured reports; researched topics in postsecondary education; curated resources for Congressional staff; and attended and reported on postsecondary policy events in Washington, D.C.



 2017 PNPI Summer Scholars


Jacob Martin Headshot (2)Jacob Martin is a full-time student at Iowa State University where he is studying to get his master’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy. Jacob holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and business administration from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. During his time at Wartburg, he served in several roles on the student senate executive team, including as Student Body President. Prior to his return to academia, Jacob worked for NextGen Climate as a field staffer during the Iowa Caucus and general election.



Casey NgPNPI_headshotuyen is currently a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University where she is studying to get her master’s degree in Education Policy. At Teachers College, she is a research assistant for Professor Amy Wells, mapping curricula focused on issues of race, ethnicity and inter-cultural understanding. At her alma mater, UC-Davis, she worked to increase access and support for students from historically underserved communities. She also led an intercollegiate coalition of Asian American student leaders in a variety of higher education issues across California. Her experience working with students of color informs her research interests in higher education policies that impact low-income, first-generation and minority students. Casey holds bachelor’s degrees in Community and Regional Development and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Davis.