Makayla Gleeson (BA Political Science expected December 2018), a UMBC senior also admitted to the the Public Policy Accelerated Pathways MPP program in the public management specialization, was recently awarded the Dr. Louis Cantori Scholarship. The Cantori family established the scholarship in honor of Dr. Louis Cantori,Professor Emeritus, Department of Political after his death in 2008. In addition to his scholarship and many important contributions over the years in the Department of Political Science, Dr. Cantori served as faculty adviser to the UMBC Crew team. He thought these scholar-athletes epitomized the exceptionalism of UMBC.
Besides her outstanding academic performance here at UMBC, Makayla has been on the UMBC women's rugby team for two years and is a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Upon graduation she thinks she would like to become become a lobbyist, or campaign manager.