The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C., recently announced its selection of James Madison Fellows for 2012 in its twenty-first annual fellowship competition. Among those selected wasHopkinsvillenative Brett Pritchett, a teacher atUniversity HeightsAcademy.  Pritchett, who teaches history at UHA, applied for the award late last year.  The James Madison Fellowship supports the graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies. Only one teacher per state is granted this fellowship, and Pritchett is this year’s representative forKentucky.

Named in honor of the fourth president of theUnited Statesand acknowledged “Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” a James Madison Fellowship funds up to $24,000 of each Fellow’s course of study towards a master’s degree. That program must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the United States Constitution.

The James Madison Fellows were selected in competition with applicants from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the nation’s island and trust territories. The fellowships are funded by income from a trust fund in the Treasury of theUnited Statesand from additional private gifts, corporate contributions, and foundation grants. Recipients are required to teach American history or social studies in a secondary school for at least one year for each year of fellowship support. The award is intended to recognize promising and distinguished teachers, to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government, and thus to expose the nation’s secondary school students to accurate knowledge of the nation’s constitutional heritage. 

Founded by an Act of Congress in 1986, the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation is an independent agency of the executive branch of the federal government.  Additional information may be found at www.jamesmadison.gov.