The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute for American Democracy announces Molly Nealon of Sacramento, California, as the 2024 awardee of the $5,000 John Jay Fetzer Memorial Scholarship

The Institute awards each year the John Jay Fetzer Memorial Scholarship to an exceptional member of its O’Connor Institute Ambassadors program. High school seniors committed to positively impacting their communities while deepening their understanding of civics apply to be considered for this prestigious award. Molly proved to be a dedicated member of her community who excelled academically and demonstrated exemplary public service. 

“Serving as an Ambassador for the O’Connor Institute, I am deeply committed to advancing its core missions of promoting civil discourse, civics education, and civic engagement,” Molly said. “I am eager to contribute to my community in ways that honor Justice O’Connor’s remarkable legacy, embodying the principles of engagement and public service she championed.” 

Molly will attend the University of California, Davis honors program this fall, where she plans to major in Environmental Science Engineering. 

Students, parents, or educators interested in learning about the O’Connor Institute Ambassadors Civics and Debate Club can find information on the program and the John Jay Fetzer Memorial Scholarship at Currently, more than 600 students across the nation collaborate through the Institute’s Ambassadors forum. 

The Institute congratulates Molly, celebrates her success, and salutes the accomplishments of all Ambassadors who are graduating this year. They are examples of Justice O’Connor’s understanding, which she once shared with a class of new graduates, “that even before you have reached your ultimate professional destination, if you always strive for excellence, you can and should have a substantial impact on the world in which you live.”  

About Sandra Day O’Connor Institute for American Democracy 

Founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor following her retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court, the nonpartisan nonprofit Institute continues her distinguished legacy and lifetime work to advance American Democracy through multigenerational civics education, civil discourse, and civic engagement. 

Source: Sandra Day O’Connor Institute for American Democracy

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