Junior Receives Prestigious Pickering Fellowship

Posted: September 23, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

Rebecca Struwe
Rebecca Struwe

Junior Rebecca Struwe, who is double majoring in global affairs and Spanish, was awarded a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship through the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Struwe’s tuition, room, board and other academic fees will be covered during her junior and senior years.

Selected from among 40 finalists, Struwe is one of the 20 students who were chosen this year as Pickering Fellows.

Struwe learned about the fellowship by browsing the U.S. Department of State’s web site. She says, “I’ve always been interested in pursuing an international career, and I have kept my eyes open for good opportunities such as the Pickering Fellowship. Because of its generous financial assistance, the fellowship really allows students to focus on their studies.”

Struwe and other fellows commit to pursue a graduate degree in international studies at an approved institution. During their first year of graduate study, the fellowship will reimburse them for textbook costs and one round-trip travel excursion. The students also agree to serve for a minimum of four and a half years in the U.S. Foreign Service upon finishing their graduate-level studies.

After Struwe earns her master’s degree, she would like to work for the Department of State.

“After that, I plan to either continue my government career or find work in another area of international relations. I’m particularly interested in Latin America and Eastern Europe.”

Fellowship winners attend a variety of mandatory special programs, including a junior year summer institute, where they take courses in economics, calculus and policy analysis. As undergraduates, fellows are also required to complete course work in Western civilization, U.S. politics, economics, modern non-Western history and international trade.

To be eligible for the Pickering Fellowship, applicants must be U.S. citizens, have at least sophomore standing, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2. During their time as a fellow, successful applicants must maintain a 3.2 GPA.

For more information on the Pickering Fellowship, visit the web site.

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