Jason Allen


Jason “Jay” Allen ’20, of Kansas City, Missouri, graduated in June 2020 from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and was named the Janet C. McCarthy scholar for his thesis on education policy implementation with a focus on classroom- and district-level disparities.  Allen was in Princeton’s Teacher Preparation Program and was a student teaching in the Platte County (MO) School District, gaining classroom-based experience to make him a more effective policymaker. In summer 2018, he was selected for a Princeton Internship in Civic Service at the Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center in Colorado, helping students from diverse backgrounds manage the transition out of high school. On campus, he worked with the nonprofit Matriculate, whose mission is to help high-achieving, low-income high school students gain acceptance to selective universities. As a Matriculate National Advising Fellow Leadership Team Member, he organized the recruitment and training of students on several campuses to become mentors. At Princeton, he was Matriculate’s head advising fellow, managing more than 70 advising fellows. Allen, a 2020 Dean’s Scholar in the Nation’s Service, interned with the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).