Alumni (Scholar)

Sharon McGowan

Albert Dorset Penick Jefferson Scholar
Flushing, New York
B.A. University of Virginia (1995)
J.D. Harvard University (2000)
Professional Sectors:
Law/Legal Services


University Union, Ushers Committee, Co-Chair, Vice-Chair for Special Events, Speakers Committee, Greeters, Selections Panel for Governing Board, Pavilion XI Committee, Co-Chair, Governing Board; Madison House, Adopt-a-Grandparent Program, In Home Program Director; Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, Probationary Committee, Chair, Ways and Means Committee Chair, Parliamentarian; Student Panelist for Office of Admission; Learning Needs and Evaluation Center, Note Sharing, Reading for the Blind; First Year Focus Facilitator; WTJU Disc Jockey, Classical Department; Arts Board 1995, Chair; 1995 Women's Leadership Conference Panelist; Business Tomorrow Leadership Conference; Raven Society, Membership Committee Chair for College, Secretary; Z Society First Year Recognition; Lawn Resident; Government Honors Program; Golden Key National Honor Society; Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society; Robert Kent Gooch Scholarship; Leadership 2000; Alumni Association Distinguished Student Award; Department Recognition, Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs; John White Stevenson Fund Prize; Intermediate Honors; Dean's List; Echols Scholar; Government and Foreign Affairs with honors

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