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National Fellowships and Scholar Programs

Carolina Scholars

Madison Baker

Chris Vlahoplus Carolina Scholar
Hammond School
Columbia, SC
Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science

My scholarship gave me the opportunity to spend a semester in New York City at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. There, through their Union Semester program, I took classes and had a full-time internship with Fast Food Justice, a labor rights nonprofit organizing fast food workers. Fast Food Justice was the start of the fight for $15 minimum wage, and I worked on the campaign to change at-will employment to just-cause. I was able to get class credit for my political science degree and study labor history at one of the premier institutions in the United States. Everything I want to do in the future was encapsulated in this amazing experience. 

Future plans: Madison plans to work at a nonprofit or union before pursuing a doctorate in social and political theory.

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