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Two Albright students named Brogan Scholars

Albright College students, Francesca Horner ’22, of Severn, Md., and Michael Foster ’21 of West Chester, Pa., have been named Brogan Scholars for 2020.

Brogan Scholars are exceptional students, set to pursue policy or government-related internships within local, state or federal government, or other suitable organizations that offer policy or government related (including judiciary) internships. The Brogan Scholars Endowed Internship Fund helps these students defray expenses during their experience. Students within any major may apply for the competitive award.

Francesca Horner ’22

Co-majoring in crime and justice and computer science with a minor in pre law, Horner is a graduate of Archbishop Spalding High School, a member of Albright’s Pre-Law and Criminal Justice societies and eSports team, and vice president of finance for the Sigma Kappa sorority on campus.

“Francesca is highly qualified, not only for her demonstrated abilities in a classroom setting but also for her ongoing commitment to service, community and willingness to engage others,” said Carla J. Abodalo, MS, senior instructor of sociology. “She is a highly motivated individual and is fully capable of taking a position of leadership within any situation and working with minimal supervision.”

With the Brogan Scholarship in hand, Horner is exploring cybersecurity, law enforcement and criminal law internship opportunities in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

“As college has progressed, I have been exposed to so many different professions, leading me to discover an interest in law and computer science,” says Horner. “I always knew I wanted to make the world a better place, I just didn’t always know the most realistic way to do so. This experience will ultimately help me determine if law is what I want to pursue or whether I should take a different path.”

Michael Foster ’21

Foster, co-majoring in English and communications at Albright, is a graduate of West Chester Bayard Rustin High School.

“Michael is not only an excellent student … he is also deeply interested in politics and democratic processes,” said Jon Bekken, professor of communications and chair of the faculty at Albright College. “I believe that Michael is the sort of student for whom this program was created.”

A published writer with a full year of college to go, Foster has narrowed his career interests to law, journalism and public service. He expects his internship to offer insight into the democratic process — which he sees as valuable regardless of which path he chooses.

“As a journalist, I would have a unique perspective when reporting on politics,” explains Foster. “As a lawyer, I would be blessed with a deeper understanding of the law due to my firsthand experience with law-making [and] as a public servant, the experience … will be indispensable.”

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