WASHINGTON, PA (Aug. 17, 2012)—Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) senior and political science major Joshua Habursky has been awarded the Ronald Reagan Scholarship by the Phillips Foundation in Washington, D.C.
A resident of Harborcreek Township in Erie County, Pa., Habursky serves as the president of the College Republicans. He received the award for actively promoting the ideals of limited government and the core principles of a constitutional Republic. At W&J, Habursky organized events and campaign efforts, and worked with community actors, including religious, political, legal, and social institutions, to promote conservative values.
The scholarship program offers renewable and one-time scholarships to college undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional achievements as campus leader-activists against “political correctness” and “ideological conformity, and for freedom, American values, and Constitutional principles on their campuses.”
Among the events Habursky has coordinated was a 9/11 Vigil where more than 300 members of the Washington, Pa., community gathered to remember the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. Habursky worked with Pennsylvania State Representative Rick Saccone (R) and Representative Brandon Neuman (D) to obtain a bipartisan state citation for the police and fire departments in Washington County at the 9/11 event.
Habursky is also involved in politics in Erie and Washington, Pa., working with the Washington County Republican Party and the Janet Anderson (R) campaign for State Senate in the 49th Senate District and the D. Raja (R) for State Senate in the 37th Senate District.
“Joshua's passion helps to fuel vibrant debate on W&J's campus, where we celebrate the wide range of political opinions that our diverse student body holds,” W&J President Tori Haring-Smith said.
Habursky plans to become an election and tax law attorney focusing on Political Action Committee regulations and campaign finance issues.