Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows for 2014 Named
FOR RELEASE: June 19, 2014
PICKERING FOREIGN AFFAIRS FELLOWS FOR 2014 NAMED
U.S. State Department program at Woodrow Wilson Foundation supports preparation of future Foreign Service Officers
PRINCETON, N.J.—The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has announced the selection of 40 new Fellows in a program that prepares outstanding candidates to represent the United States as Foreign Service Officers.
Administered for the U.S. Department of State by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Pickering Fellowships identify and cultivate stellar college students and recent graduates whose academic backgrounds fulfill the skill needs of the State Department and who are dedicated to representing America’s interests abroad. The Department of State seeks a Foreign Service that reflects the diversity and excellence of our society. The Fellowships encourage the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.
The 2014 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows—20 Undergraduate Fellows and 20 Graduate Fellows—have demonstrated skills critical to members of the U.S. diplomatic corps, including dedication, initiative, integrity, cultural adaptability, the ability to communicate well, and a thorough intellectual background. (See below for full lists of the 2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Fellows.)
Selected in their junior year, the 20 Pickering Undergraduate Fellows will receive financial support towards tuition and other expenses during the senior undergraduate year and the first year of graduate study. They are the 21st class of Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellows. The 2014 Undergraduate Fellows come from 18 different institutions and are majoring in such fields as political science, economics, Chinese, Russian, and Middle Eastern studies.
The 18th class of Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellows will receive financial support towards a two-year, full-time master’s degree program in a field related to international affairs and diplomacy. The 2014 Pickering Graduate Fellows, recent graduates of campuses across the nation, will do master’s work at one of nearly a dozen institutions nationwide.
Fellows in both programs participate in one domestic and one overseas internship, receive mentoring from Foreign Service Officers and must complete a minimum five year service commitment as a Foreign Service Officer. Fellows must meet all Foreign Service entry requirements to remain in the program. The mission of a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service is to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad.
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is named in honor of one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century. Ambassador Pickering holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as Ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India, and the Russian Federation, finishing his career in the Foreign Service as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.
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Rana Abdelhamid, Middlebury College
Juan Aparicio, Harvard University
Jerrel Baker, Morehouse College
Camilo Caballero, Georgia Institute of Technology
Pamela Davis, Syracuse University
Elaine Golden, University of Miami
Jennifer Ham, Columbia University
Trevis Harrold, Eastern Michigan University
Mpaza Kapembwa, Williams College
Emmanuel Laboy, Quinnipiac University
Nobuko Maybin, The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Jalita Moore, American University
Shaiesha Moore, Georgetown University
Abbey Pellino, Arizona State University
C James Peranteau, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
Hiram Rios Hernandez, University of South Florida
Spencer Salibur, Middlebury College
Laura Solano, Georgetown University
Dante Toppo, Claremont McKenna College
Andy Vo, Yale University
BilQis Aidara Adjei, New York University; Will attend: American University
Yared Asnake, University of California-Los Angeles; Will attend: Georgetown University
Oluwadamisi Atanda, CUNY City College; Will attend: Columbia University
Michael Bustamante, Saint John’s University (NY); Will attend: The Johns Hopkins University
Karen Castro, Otterbein University; Will attend: American University
Bryan Furman, The College of New Jersey; Will attend: Georgetown University
Sheimaliz Glover, University of South Carolina; Will attend: The Johns Hopkins University
Sama Habib, Fordham University; Will attend: Columbia University
Alexandra Hall, Vanderbilt University; Will attend: New York University
Porter Illi, Utah State University; Will attend: Georgetown University
Leland Lazarus, Brown University; Will attend: Tufts University
Oriana Luquetta, Seton Hall University; Will attend: The University of California—Los Angeles
Denise Marton Menendez, University of South Florida; Will attend: University of Denver
Alana McGinty, Illinois State University; Will attend: American University
Jessica Pham, Stanford University; Will attend: The Johns Hopkins University
Eddy Santana, Tufts University; Will attend: Georgetown University
Austin Slaymaker, University of Oklahoma; Will attend: Harvard University
Elizabeth Trobaugh, Mills College; Will attend: Columbia University
Jerica Ward, Cedarville University; Will attend: Texas A&M University
Amanda Whatley, Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University; Will attend: American University