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R-MWC Student Named Pickering Fellow

Denise Sewell receives prestigious fellowship from Department of State

5/17/2006 1:31:17 PM


LYNCHBURG – The U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program recently announced a Randolph-Macon Woman’s College student, Denise Sewell, has been named a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow. Sewell, a member of the Class of 2008, was among few chosen for this prestigious honor.

The fellowship program is funded by the United States Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF). The Department of State seeks a Foreign Service that represents America in world affairs with citizens who reflect the diversity and excellence of our society. The program seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds, who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study with reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel. The Fellow must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools identified by the WWNFF. Participating graduate schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need. Fellows meet annually in Washington for a program orientation.

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program honors one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century. Mr. Pickering held 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 as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

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