Misericordia University junior Sarah Sporko says she chose the university because of the opportunity it afforded her to pair a bachelor’s degree in government, law and national security with one in history. The dual major has given her historical perspective on issues of government and law as she looks ahead to a career in public policy once she graduates in 2019.

Recognized for her success in the classroom, the Carbondale native was selected for Misericordia’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, and spent 10 weeks this summer as a digital archives researcher at the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum in McDade Park, Scranton.

Her work to help the museum prepare for an upcoming photography exhibit included research and writing about the photos and photographers that will be on display. Her paid research fellowship was under the direction of Jennifer Black, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of History at Misericordia University, and Bode Morin, the museum’s site administrator. 

“I come from a mining family. My great-grandfather was a miner, so I am particularly excited to be able to work with the Anthracite Museum to help preserve this area’s mining history,” Sporko says.

Although her SURF fellowship ended in August, she plans to continue working and “see the project through” until the exhibit’s anticipated opening in November.

Sporko also was selected to participate in the New Leadership Pennsylvania Summer Institute, a weeklong, collegiate leadership program sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics in Pittsburgh in June.

The program is designed to encourage college-aged women to become politically active and take on leadership roles in politics and government.

A graduate of Holy Cross High School, Sporko says the fact that she receives three endowed scholarships at Misericordia makes it possible for her to attend the university. “It is important to me that the university recognized me for my values and the work I have done growing up and in high school. Without the scholarships, I am not sure I would be on a path to achieving my goals.” 

Sporko is one of more than 180 students who received endowed scholarships during the 2017-18 academic year at Misericordia University.

For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 56 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Colleges.

The Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2019 Best Northeastern College and MONEY Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges” list.