FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2016
Washington, D.C. - The Rumsfeld Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of its 2016-17 class of Graduate Fellows.
This year the Foundation awarded 20 Fellowships, totaling over $300,000, to promising scholars with an interest in serving the nation through a career in public service or in policy-relevant fields. Entering its eighth academic year, the Graduate Fellowship Program has grown to encompass an impressive network of 98 current and former Fellows, as well as the Program’s 23 distinguished Advisers located at 21 universities across the country.
Nominated for their demonstrated leadership, character and achievements both in academia and in their communities, the 2016-17 Fellows represent a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences from across the nation. This year’s Graduate Fellows will be pursuing studies in fields from international relations and economics to public finance and education policy, and are comprised of candidates for the following degrees: 8 PhD’s, 8 Master’s, 3 MA/MPA’s and one JD.
Some of the already impressive accomplishments of the 2016-17 Fellows include: a high-level Arabic speaker and Middle East and North Africa expert, President of a chapter of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a former Congressional Security Scholar at the Truman Center for National Policy, a top-5 graduate of the Intelligence Officer Course at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, a College Republicans President, a recipient of the U.S. State Department Excellence Award, an adjunct professor at the National Defense University, President of an Alexander Hamilton Society campus chapter, a National Language Service Corps member, authors of numerous publications and articles, and a total of six current and former U.S. military service members, among other notable contributions and achievements.
The Foundation is pleased to support these service-oriented young leaders by providing grants to assist in their pursuit of graduate degrees, as well as by hosting various events throughout the year for Fellows to engage with one another and their Advisers, including receptions, weekend gatherings and an annual fall conference in Washington, D.C.
One Adviser of the Fellowship Program notes, “The Rumsfeld Foundation is making an immense contribution by making a career in public service a viable option for the most talented students. In addition to providing much needed funds, the Program has introduced our Fellows to a network of professors and young scholars that will be invaluable to them as they build their careers.”