Ryan Cross, a 2014 Wilton High School graduate and sophomore at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, was named a Presidential Fellow by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

Each year, the center selects up to 75 undergraduate and graduate students for the year-long program, through which students attend policy workshops and discuss national issues with scholars, senior government officials, and business, media, public policy and the military leaders in Washington, D.C. two times during the year.

Fellows also present original research papers and are eligible for awards and publication in the center’s journal.

In a Southern Methodist press release, Cross said he is “excited by this opportunity” because it will facilitate his research on the development of American energy policies since the 1970s.

“The center’s access to policymakers will be a critical component of my project,” he said. “I look forward to the program's fall and spring conferences at which I will discuss my research and network with my peers from universities across the country.”

Cross, a political science and international studies major who plans to pursue a career with the U.S. government after graduation, said the opportunity will also prepare him for a career in public service by “providing a glimpse at DC-based government agencies and think-tanks."

Cross has been selected for an internship at the Library of Congress as part of its Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program and will be working on a multi-year curatorial project in the Library’s Prints & Photographs Division.

At Southern Methodist University, Cross is a member of its honors program, Hilltop New Century Scholars Program, Career Development Ambassadors, and Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He is also a recipient of the Tower Center’s 2016-17 R. Richard Rubottom Foreign Service Scholarship.

Click here to learn more about the Presidential Fellow program.