Katherine Harelson

Katherine Harelson
  • Post-graduation employment: Development Services Operations Analyst in the City of Franklin, TN
  • Class of 2022 Fellows co-president

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Katherine Harelson is a Vanatta Liese Ridgeway, Clara Schneider Perkins, and Harry Nalbandian Fellow and graduated with a bachelor’s in political science and a minor in English. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Lafayette, Louisiana. As an undergraduate, Katherine worked in the legal field. This included a file clerk position at Durio, McGoffin, Stagg, and Ackermann where she worked with clients and organized case files in preparation for trial. Rather than pursuing a legal career, she found love in the work she did to help others and wanted to continue this path into the public sector. She was also active in other activities on campus such as being a three-year member of the Pride of Acadiana Marching Band and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Concert Band.


B.A. in Political Science; Minor in English, University of Lousiana Lafayette

Awards & Honors

Vanatta Liese Ridgeway Scholarship

Clara Schneider Perkins Scholarship

Harry Nalbandian Scholarship