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DC Policy Scholars Program Returns this Summer

February 23, 2021  | 2 min read

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The Pepperdine School of Public Policy Washington, DC Policy Scholars Program returns this summer to the Pepperdine Washington, DC Campus. 

This program will explore policy topics from a holistic perspective, pushing students to better understand the vital interconnection between culture, history, public policy, and faith.

The 2021 program will offer two exclusive full-tuition scholarships, 3-unit graduate-level courses where accepted scholars will learn from top policy academics and practitioners. Each four-week seminar will accommodate only 20 qualified scholars, hosted at Pepperdine's Washington, DC Foggy Bottom campus with class sessions meeting Tuesday/Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings in June (first session) and July (second session).

Upon completion of the program, scholars will receive a certificate of completion of the applied religion in public policy coursework (for session one) and/or a certificate of completion of the applied philosophy in education policy coursework (for session two) from the School of Public Policy. Credits may be used toward future enrollment at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy for a master of public policy degree.

The deadline to apply for either session is 05:00 PM (PT) on Monday, April 19, 2021.

2021 Sessions and Dates 

Session One
American Gospel: The Role of Religion in US Domestic and Foreign Policy


June 1 - June 26, 2021
T/Th: 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM EST
Sat: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Session Two
Humanizing Education Policy: A Study of Foundational Philosophies


July 6 - July 31, 2021
T/Th: 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM EST
Sat: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST

DC Policy Scholar Alumni Testimonials

"I would highly recommend this seminar to anyone interested in the broader fields of philosophy, education, and public policy. I would describe this seminar as a challenge well-worth every minute you put into it. The readings, class discussions, lectures, and other aspects of the seminar have made this class one of the best I’ve ever taken. This class challenges your ideas, provokes discussion, and forces you to come to grips with the diverse education methods in the USA." - Leah S., Wheaton College student

"I enjoyed the diversity of professional and academic backgrounds present in the classroom." - Anonymous

"This seminar has exposed me to new concepts of education and varying philosophical approaches to education. However, it has also reinforced my own beliefs in the importance of a liberal arts education.  Additionally, this course inspired me to continually research the philosophy, from all perspectives, when crafting policy plans." - Allison K., Capital University graduate and Staff Assistant to Congresswoman Ann Wagner

"The discussions were riveting. I walked out of every class satisfied with the discussions led in class."  - Anonymous