Appalachian State University graduate student Jacob Meadows is the first recipient of a teaching fellowship with the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, D.C. Photo provided by Jacob Meadows

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through a partnership with Appalachian State University is launching its first Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) Fellowship. The fellowship was created to provide a student studying in Appalachia the opportunity to learn more about the region and the ARC’s investment efforts to strengthen critical, analytical and leadership skills.

Jacob Meadows of Carrollton, Kentucky, B.S. in business economics from the University of Louisville and currently a master’s degree student in Appalachian studies at Appalachian, arrived in Washington, D.C., in early May to work with the ARC for several weeks on this pilot program.

Meadows will work closely with the ARC staff researching the impact ARC-funded projects and grants have on local economic development. As part of this research, Meadows will interview previous grantees and develop case study summaries of their projects.

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Original story by Ellen Gwin Burnette and published on June 2, 2017.

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