PLS junior Megan Smejkal is grand prize winner of the Fall 2021 WLI Scholarships

December 2, 2021

Political Science student Megan Smejkal was the grand prize winner of a $1,500 scholarship this fall.

Megan SmejkalMegan is a second-year student majoring in both Political Science and Economics, with a minor in Quantitative Data Analytics. She hopes to eventually work in public policy, specifically in a position where she can help reallocate funding. 

The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) invited MSU undergraduate students enter to win  “The Future of Work and Leadership” scholarship this fall. This contest was tied to an event held on September 30 by the same name, featuring women leaders. 

Topics included finding and developing a vision, creating professional goals, engaging in mentoring and networking, surviving the job hunt, and dealing with discrimination. For this scholarship, students were asked to write an essay and create a two-minute video describing their vision for leading the workplace of the future. 

Megan is also a member of the first ever student cohort of Women's Leadership Institute for 2021-2022.

This select group of student leaders will be able to participate in meaningful conversations with experienced and successful women leaders from diverse backgrounds. The students will also be able to build personal portfolios and resumes, with real time feedback from experienced professionals.  The group will have several networking and mentoring opportunities, along with exclusive scholarship opportunities.