“Bucknell students tend to be very
engaged when it comes to community
service, such as working on cancer
The 78 million millennials are passionate about many causes and prone to volunteering more than other generations, according to polls, but voting is one activity where they lag behind their elders. The Mauch Millennial Project, a
joint venture of Bucknell and the League of Women Voters
of the Lewisburg Area (LWVLA), is tackling that dilemma
by supporting four student-run election forums this fall.
Electing to Be Civil
League of Women Voters of Lewisburg teams up with Bucknell political scientists
to encourage new voters.
By Sherri Kimmel
awareness,” says Brady Clapp ’ 17, who
along with Emily Cottle ’ 17 was chosen
to lead on-campus efforts to register
first-time voters and increase student
voter turnout overall.
“Students tend to not be very
engaged when it comes to civic duties
like voting,” Clapp adds. “We’re trying
to change that through this fellowship.
We will try to draw connections
between problems they’re trying to
solve through community service and
activism and elective ways to go about
As discussion leaders, Clapp and
Cottle receive a $2,000 stipend as well
as $1,000 to support programming.
Up to $1,000 more is budgeted for
assessment of the program, which will
be administered by the two students
and the fellowship’s faculty mentor,
Professor Chris Ellis ’00, political
science. A $45,000 commitment from
LWVLA members Jim and Rebecca
Mauck supports the inaugural program
and two more, in the fall semesters of
2018 and 2020, meant to build on the
The first fellows, chosen through
a competitive process, says LWVLA
President Susan Warner-Mills ’79,
“are highly intelligent and passionate;
we hope they will engage their fellow
students and help us learn how to do
so, too.” The Lewisburg league is one
of the largest in the state, with 128
members, according to Janice Bigelow,
publicity coordinator. She stresses
that, like the league, the Mauch effort
is strictly nonpartisan in orientation.