Hope College graduate Jonathan
Snavely has received a prestigious honor for his internships in the U.S. Congress
and with the Michigan Department of the Attorney General. State lawmakers presented Snavely with
the Frank M. Fitzgerald Public Service Award.
Above and beyond their activities
in government, Fitzgerald scholars are singled out for their excellence in
academics, communication and volunteerism. The award is named after a former
speaker pro tempore of the Michigan House. Fitzgerald’s widow, Ruth Fitzgerald,
and son, John W. Fitzgerald, gave the award to Snavely during a ceremony at the
Snavely interned in Washington D.C.
with the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013 and a year earlier served in the
attorney general’s division that handles crime victims’ rights. Snavely is a 2013 graduate of Hope
College where he majored in political science.
He is a member of Curriculum Beyond
the Classroom, an innovative group formed to connect students with mid-Michigan
professionals. Snavely also has worked with underprivileged youngsters at Youth
Haven Ranch and served an internship with the Historical Society of Michigan.
In 2009, he received the Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship.
Snavely is now a full-time staff
member for Rep. Joseph Haveman, R-Holland, and chair of the Michigan House