Undergraduate Fellowship

The Portman Center for Policy Solutions is committed to cultivating student civic leaders, through a mentored scholarship program for undergraduates with demonstrated potential for to make an impact on campus, in Cincinnati, and across the country. The first cohort of Portman Center Fellows started in January 2024, and future classes will be selected through an application process each Spring, beginning their term with the start of the next academic year. 

Spring 2024 Undergraduate Fellows

Luc Balson

Luc is a third-year student from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is majoring in Political Science and Finance, with a certificate in War Peace and Security. He is a delegate in Model United Nations and spent the summer of 2023 studying abroad in the United Kingdom.

Alexander Caldwell

Alexander is a first-year student from Newtownards, Northern Ireland. He is majoring in Political Science and is a member of Model United Nations.

Mackenzie Collett

Mackenzie is a third-year from Delaware, Ohio. She is a Cincinnatus Scholar who will graduate in April with a B.A. in Political Science, a minor in Criminal Justice, and a Legal Studies Certificate. Mackenzie is the founder and President of UC Women in Law, President of the Pre-Law Club, Co-President of Campus Y and CWEST Women's Honorary, and a Captain on the UC Mock Trial team.

Mallika Desai

Mallika is a third-year student from Miamisburg, Ohio. She is a NEXT Innovation Scholar and Cincinnatus Scholar and is majoring in Medical Sciences with a certificate in Innovation and Medical Humanities. She is founder of the nonprofit Parkinson’s Together, President of College Companions, and conducts cardiothoracic surgery research. 

Ingrid Fretz

Ingrid is a second-year from Elkhart, Indiana. She is a Cincinnatus Scholar at UC  majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. She is a member of the University of Cincinnati's Swim and Dive Team. She is also a board member of the IEC (Inspire, Equip, Connect) Club for Female Student Athletes. 

Kellie Hannan

Kellie is a fourth-year student from Cincinnati, OH. She is a Lindner Honors-PLUS Scholar at UC and is majoring in Business Economics and Political Science. She is President of the Economics Society and spent Fall 2022 to Spring 2023 studying abroad at the London School of Economics. 

Valerie Holmes

Valerie is a fourth-year student from Indianapolis, Indiana. She is  majoring in Political Science and minoring in Environmental Policy and Philosophy. She is a student in the Honor's Program and works as a Supplemental Instructor for American Politics. She has plans to go to law school in fall of 2024 and is kayaking through the Amazon for spring break. 

Adaeze Okoye

Adaeze is a fourth-year from Cleveland, Ohio, majoring in Law and Society. She is a Transfer Ambassador for the College of Arts & Sciences and a peer mentor for the School of Public and International Affairs. 

Tokhirjon Otakhonov

Tokhirjon is a first-year student from Namangan, Uzbekistan. He is majoring in Law and Society. He is an International Outreach Scholar at UC. He is also an El-Yurt Umidi Foundation Scholar in Uzbekistan. He speaks Uzbek, Russian, and English. He was a former English language tutor at Algoritm education center in Uzbekistan. 

Julia Parrey

Julia is a fourth-year student from Hershey, Pennsylvania. She is a Cincinnatus and Fillmore Scholar at UC majoring in both Neuropsychology and Political Science with a minor in Psychology and a certificate in Bioethics. She is a member of the Alumni Association Senior 100, a campus ROAR Tour Guide, the President of the College of Arts and Science Student Ambassadors, and the Volunteer Coordinator for Kesem, a nationwide nonprofit chapter at Cincinnati. Additionally, she spent the semester during Spring '23 studying abroad in the Netherlands!

Kendra Perkins

Kendra is a fourth-year from Carmel, Indiana. For the past four years she has been majoring in political science with a minor in PR. She is a part of student government, bearcat buddies, and works on campus here at UC. 

Serene Tarabishi

Serene is a second-year student from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a Cincinnatus Scholar at UC and is majoring in Law and Society with a double minor in French and Arabic, as well as a certificate in Middle Eastern Studies. She is Fundraising Chair for UC Model UN Club, as well as a member of the Muslim Student Association and UC Women in Law Club. 

Louis Weiss

Louis is a second-year undergraduate student from Youngstown, Ohio. He is a Cincinnatus Scholar at UC with a major in Political Science (Gender and Multicultural Politics) and a minor in Anthropology on a Pre-Law track. He is a proud member of UC's Mock Trial team and an intern at the Ohio Innocence Project. He studied abroad in The Netherlands and Belgium following the Spring Semester of 2023. There, he wrote a research paper on the rise of the populist radical right and the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.