Mason Alumna Awarded Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship

Posted: December 14, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

Beata Angelica, who graduated from Mason this year with a degree in global affairs, was selected by the U.S. Department of State as a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow. As an award recipient, Angelica will be provided with graduate funding as she prepares to enter the Foreign Service.

The fellowship is aimed at graduating seniors or students ready to apply to a U.S. institution for a two-year graduate degree program. The award includes tuition, room and board, reimbursement for books, one round-trip travel excursion and mandatory fees paid for the first and second year of graduate study.

The Pickering Fellowship is awarded annually to 20 students based on the strength of their undergraduate course work, college honors and awards, extracurricular, community and volunteer activities, leadership roles in these activities, financial need and a personal statement.

“Beata is a very smart, highly motivated woman,” says Johanna Bockman, director of global affairs at Mason and one of Angelica’s former professors. “She really gained a lot of knowledge and helpful contacts while at Mason, and established strong associations with many of the Robinson Professors.” The Robinson Professors are among Mason’s most senior and distinguished educators.

The fellowship program seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management and science policy who have an interest in pursuing a career in the Foreign Service.

“We’re trying to build a class of individuals who are passionate about international affairs,” says Eleanor Monte Jones, director of admissions of MSFS. “We enroll only those who are committed to the program, capable of learning from one another and who have maximized the opportunities throughout their life. Beata definitely met the criteria.”

Fellows meet annually in Washington, D.C., for a program orientation. Each receives two paid summer internships with the State Department – one in Washington, D.C., and another in a U.S. embassy overseas. Following completion of their graduate degrees, the fellows are obligated to a minimum of three years service as a Foreign Service officer.

Angelica is currently pursuing a master’s degree in international affairs at Georgetown University through the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program.

For more information on the Pickering Graduate Fellowship, visit the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation web site.

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