UAFS student named John Paul Hammerschmidt fellow

by The City Wire staff ( 96 views 

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, announced Wednesday (April 23) today announced that Curtis Adams III, a member of the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (UAFS) Class of 2014 and the UAFS Student Government Association President, has been selected to serve as the 2014 John Paul Hammerschmidt (JPH) Fellow.

The JPH Fellowship, named for former Arkansas Representative John Paul Hammerschmidt (1966-1993), was established in 2013 in conjunction with UAFS. It is geared towards highly motivated college students with an interest in public service and will allow outstanding Third District students to experience the legislative process firsthand in Congressman Womack’s Washington, D.C. office.

After the announcement of Adams’s appointment, Womack and Dr. Paul Beran, UAFS Chancellor, released the following statements: “John Paul was dedicated to helping young leaders in our community – like Curtis – grow professionally and personally, and I am thrilled this fellowship can continue to honor his legacy,” said Womack.

John Paul Hammerschmidt Fellows will earn college credit for completing a strict curriculum that emphasizes hands-on activities that  highlight the inner workings of the U.S. House of Representatives, including conducting extensive legislative research, attending hearings, and monitoring activity on the House floor, as well as assisting with constituent communications and general office matters. Congressman Womack hopes to expand the fellowship to other Third District institutions in the future.