‘I Hope to Honor Her Legacy’: Kelly Purcell Scholarship Awarded at GAC

L-R: Diana Dykstra, President and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues; Meghan Bishop, Political Management Student and recipient of the Kelly J. Purcell Credit Union Memorial Fund Scholarship; and Lara Brown, Director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.
L-R: Diana Dykstra, President and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues; Meghan Bishop, Political Management Student and recipient of the Kelly J. Purcell Credit Union Memorial Fund Scholarship; and Lara Brown, Director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.

California and Nevada attendees of this week’s 2019 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) honored Kelly Purcell on Monday at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ legislative and regulatory briefing.

Purcell was an important League staff member and advocacy team player who tragically died in 2006.

Now in its 13th year, the Kelly J. Purcell Credit Union Memorial Fund Scholarship was awarded to Meghan Bishop, a political management major at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. She said she was humbled and honored as she shared her ambitions and passion for the political process.

“Thank you so much for allowing me to tell you all directly how much I value the Kelly J. Purcell scholarship,” Bishop said. “I hope that I can truly honor her legacy.”

Prior to attending the political management school, she practiced law for 10 years in her home state of Oregon, focusing on direct trial representation of children and parents involved in the child welfare and juvenile delinquency systems. She’s had the privilege of representing more than 1,000 clients. Additionally, she has volunteered for the Oregon Bar Association’s Juvenile Law section, spoken frequently on best practices, and testified in the Oregon State Legislature.

“I applied to the Graduate School of Political Management in order to obtain the skills and connections necessary to bring more justice to the system so that we as a society are living up to the concepts of fundamental fairness and due process for all enshrined in our constitution,” Bishop said.

The scholarship fund that was founded out of Purcell’s passing is fully endowed by credit unions (beginning in 2007) and supports one recipient every year who is working through the master’s degree program at the university’s political management school. Purcell was a graduate of the school (class of 2000).

Recipients from 2007 – 2019 include:

  • Meghan Bishop (2019)
  • LaRodrick “KeShawn” Harris (2018)
  • Dan Hemp (2017)
  • Sarah Hunt (2016)
  • Rebecca Herrigel (2015)
  • Ashley Rooney (2014)
  • Megan Walters (2013)
  • George McAleese (2012)
  • Star Johnson (2011)
  • Ilana Cutler (2010)
  • Yadira Feliciano-Lacot (2009)
  • Allen Chew (2008)
  • Helen Kim Fitzpatrick (2007)

The GAC is hosted annually by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

 

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