“When I decided I wanted to pursue a career in politics…my family suggested that if I was going to do this, I should do it right, and learn from the best, at the source: at GW in D.C.”
– Joseph Kast, GSPM '15
While Joseph Kast, GSPM ’15, was enrolled in GW’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), he wrote that he wanted to use his strong communications skills to help improve people’s lives. After graduating with a master’s degree in political communications and campaign strategy, Joseph took the first step toward his goal by starting work at Learn Liberty, where he is now video production manager.
Learn Liberty—a project of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University—promotes the study of liberty across a broad range of disciplines, encouraging understanding, open inquiry, rigorous scholarship, and creative problem-solving.
The rich and varied graduate school program prepared Joseph for his career. “In addition to my coursework at GSPM, I (was) part of the Koch Fellow Program for Communications Professionals, which entails participating in weekly seminars about political communications, economics, and other policy issues,” he says. Joseph also participated in biweekly meetings for a creative writing collective.
“My parents have always reiterated that an education is a must for success in life. Intelligence, hard work, and luck all play a role, but you’ll always need the unique discipline and intellectual enrichment that higher education alone can provide,” says Joseph. “When I decided I wanted to pursue a career in politics…my family suggested that if I was going to do this, I should do it right, and learn from the best, at the source: at GW in D.C.”
Joseph was able to take full advantage of his education thanks to the support he received from the Lane Graduate Scholarship in Political Management, an endowed scholarship established by Laurence F. Lane, BA ’68, MA ’76, who serves on GSPM’s Board of Advisors. The scholarship provides financial assistance to students wishing to pursue a degree in political management to further their careers in the growing field of professional political management, including governance, elections, lobbying, and issues management.
“I couldn’t be more appreciative of the opportunity (donor Larry Lane) created for me. This is an incredibly generous scholarship, and I’m honored to receive it. Higher education is an increasingly competitive world, and it is hard to convey just how much of a difference a big-hearted individual can make by investing in scholarships for graduate students. Thank you so much.”