Judy Schneider Fellowship

2020 Fellows



 Alex Gaston

College to Congress


Ivy Prater

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association     


Olivia Elder



Established in 2015, in conjunction with WGR’s 40th anniversary, the Judy Schneider Fellowship is named in gratitude and appreciation for the immense impact Judy Schneider has had on WGR and the thousands of women she has mentored, developed, and trained through her Direct Connect to Congress series, since 1985.

Mary Donohue

The fellowship provides real life opportunities to build your professional and personal skill set as an emerging government relations professional. This year-round program is aimed at creating the next generation of talent, ethical, savvy, and passionate advocates.

Since its inception, Judy has worked passionately to help WGR members break down the ins and outs of congressional procedure in both the Senate and House. She is a treasure trove of information and historical knowledge that ensures that every participant leaves feeling confident and empowered to be successful in their legislative agendas.

Judy’s passion for professional development is a cornerstone of the fellowship, which will provide a 360 degree professional development experience, to young professionals in the early stages of her career. Two to three fellows are selected annually, immediately gaining access to all of the program benefits, including a WGR membership, free registration to all events and of course, complimentary registration for Judy’s Direct Connect to Congress education program.

Interested in supporting the Fellowship program? Please consider making a donation to the Judy Schneider Fellowship Fund to support future women government relations professionals!

The 2021 Judy Schneider Fellowship is is closed. The 2021 Fellows will be announced in the Fall. 

Application Criteria:
  • No more than three years of professional work experience;
  • Interest and/or experience in the government relations profession.

Due to COVID-19 and the current virtual environment, we have amended the criteria for the 2021 Fellowship application to remove the criteria requiring applicants to be a resident of the DC metropolitan area (DC, VA, or MD).

Click here to view the Judy Schneider Fellowship Expectations.

  • Application open August 3 – August 31, 2020
  • Selected candidates are interviewed in September
  • Finalists are selected in October
  • Fellows announced in November

Past Judy Schneider Fellows

Olivia Elder, FWD.us, 2020

Alex Gaston, College to Congress

Ivy Prater, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 2020

Natalie Martinez, Representative Angie Craig (MN-2), 2019

Alexandra Rosen, American Trucking Association, 2019

Laura Munoz, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, 2018

Julia Woislaw, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, 2018

Mary McClure, Voice for Progress, 2017

Victoria Parsons, Daimler North America, 2017