Kendrick Bryan, a social studies teacher at LaRue County High School, has been selected as Kentucky’s 2017 James Madison Fellow by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation.

The foundation selects one fellow from each state annually. Fellows receive $24,000 to fund graduate education to become outstanding teachers of the United States Constitution at the secondary school level.

“I applied for the Madison Fellowship because I want to learn more about the Constitution and ways to instruct my students,” Bryan said. “Students need to understand how, as a governing document, it provides a framework for how our citizens will be governed.”

Bryan was selected as a McConnell Teacher Scholar in 2016, which included continuing education in civics and a trip to James Madison’s Montpelier in Virginia. He also teaches street law, in which students study criminal justice, American government, psychology and sociology.

His fellowship will begin with a summer institute at Georgetown University in Washington, where he will study the foundations of American constitutionalism, explore historic sights and meet a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in history with his fellowship, after which he plans to teach dual credit history courses at LaRue County High.