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Graduate Gets Congressional Fellowship

Contact: Ralph Derickson

Photo of Wanita (Nita) Sipe Elison
Wanita (Nita) Sipe Elison

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Her fellowship begins in January 2005 and will last eight months. When Elison works for a senator, congressman or a congressional committee as part of her fellowship, she will receive $15,000.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2003) -- – Wanita (Nita) Sipe Elison, a University of Kentucky graduate student and a political science instructor at Lexington Community College, has been selected to receive a Congressional Fellowship on Women and Public Policy from the Women’s Research and Education Institute, Washington, D.C.

Her fellowship begins in January 2005 and will last eight months. When Elison works for a senator, congressman or a congressional committee as part of her fellowship, she will receive $15,000.

Nita is a graduate of Lexington’s Bryan Station High School. She has bachelor’s degrees from Eastern Kentucky University (history and social studies), University of Maryland (psychology), and Saint Leo University (human resources administration). She has master’s degrees in education from EKU and in international relations from Troy State University. She also is a retired U.S. Air Force captain. She taught for five years at Saint Leo University, Newport News, Va.

Ernest Yanarella, UK political science professor and Elison’s graduate adviser, said, “I'm very proud of Nita. She is multi-dimensional. I'm sure she will represent Lexington and UK very well with Congress.”


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