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PRESTIGIOUS FOREIGN AFFAIRS FELLOWSHIP AWARDED TO WHITTIER COLLEGE STUDENT
WHITTIER, CA (June 15, 2005)—Whittier College sophomore
Erin Clancy has been awarded a 2005 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs
Fellowship through the U.S. Department of State. One of only 20 selected
nationwide for this highly-competitive grant, Clancy, a political science major
from Huntington Beach, will receive full financial support to complete her
undergraduate schooling and one year of graduate education, two internships with
the U.S. Department of State—one domestic and one abroad, and entry into the
United States Foreign Service upon successful completion of the program.
In addition, Clancy will attend the Junior Year Summer
Institute, a seven-week program with course work in economics, calculus, and
policy analysis, and exercises to develop oral and written communication skills.
Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she will enroll in an approved
master’s program in international studies and will have access to a current
foreign service officer for one-to-one mentoring. Concluding the fellowship,
Clancy will undergo required testing by the Department of State, and upon
passing, she will enter into a contractual appointment with the Foreign Service
for a minimum period of four and one-half years.
The Pickering Fellowship Program is funded by the
United States Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson
National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF), with a goal to attract outstanding
students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and
economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy who have an
interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.
Criteria for selection is based on demonstrated, outstanding leadership skills
and academic achievement, college honors and awards, extracurricular, community
and volunteer activities, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and an
in-person panel interview in Washington, D.C.
Formerly called the U.S. Department of State Foreign
Affairs Fellowship Program, the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Program was named to honor 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.
Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year
college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both
professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on
diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission
is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for
global leadership and service.
Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is
a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate
campus in Orange County.