Cynthia Burgett, a student in the History master's program, has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship. James Madison Fellowships were created to honor Madison's legacy and "Madisonian" principles by providing support for graduate study that focuses on the Constitution, its history and contemporary relevance to the practices and policies of democratic government. The fellowships are intended exclusively for school teachers to pursue graduate study leading to a master's degree. And only one fellowship is awarded to a teacher in each state every year. The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, prorated over the individual period of study, thus making the James Madison Fellowship the leading award for secondary level teachers undertaking study of the Constitution. Cindy graduated summa cum laude with a BA in history from GMU in 2006 and also received her master's of education degree from GMU in 2008. She has been teaching social studies at Rachel Carson Middle School in Herndon since 2008, and she will be taking a six credit graduate course at Georgetown University this summer on Madison and the Constitution, which is a requirement of the fellowship.