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American Public University System (APUS) recently announced that four master’s-level students and alumni of American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU) have been named Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Finalists for the Class of 2021. Since 2011, nearly 60 APUS alumni have achieved this status in the highly competitive, government-run fellowship.

“APUS takes great pride in playing an important role in developing the leaders of tomorrow within the United States federal government,” said University Provost Dr. Vernon C. Smith. “It’s meaningful validation that we have had such solid representation in this prestigious program for the last decade.”

The 2021 finalists are (with degree programs included):

  • Joshua Baker, Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management
  • Rebecca J. Bryson, Master of Public Administration/Management
  • Benjamin Kenyon, Master of Arts in Management
  • Marsha D. Reveal, Master of Arts in International Relations and Conflict Resolution

Run by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the two-year paid fellowship program selects highly qualified candidates to develop a cadre of future government leaders. An estimated 8,000 applicants have applied each year since it was established in 1977; under 10 percent of applicants were named Finalists in 2019.

Chosen after a rigorous multistage application and selection process, Presidential Management Fellows are eligible to apply to allotted positions at participating federal departments, bureaus, and agencies across the country.

Fellows enter a six-month job rotation, gain exceptional training opportunities, and have access to a team of highly-placed government officials. The PMF credential is also considered to be a distinguished highlight on a prospective federal employee’s resume.

Past finalists have subsequently secured fellowships at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Each University candidate can receive continued mentoring and coaching support through the University’s Career Services Department.

The PMF program has placed fellows at 50 government agencies in roles that help them develop into strategic thinking problem-solvers. Fellows are also given extensive training opportunities.