Support for Student Fellowships Spotlight

Alex Tallarida `10

For Alex Tallarida '10, healthcare is more than a political issue; it's a career choice. This economics major was awarded the very first Richard M. Nixon Fellowship (2009-2010) at Whittier College, established to honor the former President, class of ‘34. The Nixon Fellowship Program seeks to prepare exceptional students for informed citizenship and service. Whittier's Nixon Fellows develop leadership skills and experience the rewards inherent in a career dedicated to the public good.

Aside from serving as an administrative intern at Los Alamitos Medical Center, a private hospital in Southern California, Alex also researched the healthcare public policy of President Richard Nixon’s administration in the 1970s, which resulted in an additional internship at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California.

With healthcare reform on the national psyche, Alex’s research was particularly timely and relevant. In an article published on the Nixon Library Foundation website, Alex compared Nixon's reform efforts with those of the Obama administration. He notes that Nixon was on course to pass a bi-partisan reform bill that would have mandated all employers to offer health insurance to their full-time employees -- an effort that stalled, in part, when the Watergate affair overshadowed the final months of his administration.

After graduating from Whittier College, Alex earned a Master of Health Administration degree at Cornell University and joined PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Industries, a leading healthcare advisory practice. Alex described his experience as a Nixon Fellow, saying, “The Fellowship was life-changing and provided me with valuable experiences and a solid network that has prepared me well for my professional career.”

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