Stetson University student Nelson Quezada Herrera, a senior political science and English major, has received the prestigious American Political Science Association (APSA) Diversity Fellowship Award. He is the first student at Stetson to be named an APSA Diversity Fellow. “I’m elated to receive this remarkable recognition because I’m an immigrant and first-generation college student,” said Herrera, who has always been fascinated with politics. “This award also is a testament to my hard work and the sacrifices my mother has made to ensure my future success.”
Herrera received a $5,000 fellowship award and is currently applying to top Master’s and PhD political science programs. His research and studies will be focusing on political behavior and psychology, and public opinion. The APSA Diversity Fellowship Program supports scholars from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds who are applying to or are in the early stages of political science doctoral programs.
Herrera was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States when he was seven years old. He grew up in Orlando and became heavily invested in politics during the 2016 presidential election. He joined a congresswoman’s campaign, worked as a canvasser for a grass-roots organization and started a political club at his high school. His involvement sparked his curiosity and encouraged him to learn more about political behavior and development, policy and institutions.