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The Washington Center Names Fall 2011 NYL Foundation Diversity Scholarship

Scholarships to Fund Up to 12 Students’ Internships in 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 24, 2011 – Earlier this year, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars announced that a $45,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation would support scholarships for up to 12 college and university students in elite, semester-long internships. The final four scholars for 2011 have been named fall Diversity Fellows, and are working at government agencies and private for-profit and nonprofit organizations based in Washington, D.C.

Diversity Scholarships were awarded to Jason Campos, Alexandria Coubertier, Michelle Cruz, and Vanessa Garcia for the 2011 fall semester; seven students completed the spring and summer semesters. The New York Life Foundation Diversity Scholarships target students who would otherwise not be able to participate at The Washington Center, helping to defray their costs while participating in the Center's programs. Selection is based on an applicant's academic major and performance, professional interests, letters of recommendation and internship placement.

Pictured left to right: Jason Campos from Los Angeles, CA, a student at Loyola Marymount University, is interning at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs; Vanessa Garcia from Hialeah, FL, a student at Hult International Business School, is interning at the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce; Michelle Cruz from Vineland, NJ, a student at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, is interning at the National Defense University –Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies; and Alexandria Coubertier from Hopewell Junction, NY, a student at SUNY - Geneseo, is interning with the Peace Corps.

Since 2002, the New York Life Foundation has given $530,000 to support scholarships for more than 100 of The Washington Center’s New York Life Foundation Diversity Scholars.

About The Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975. For additional information, please visit our Web site at

About The New York Life Foundation

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided more than $140 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on “Nurturing the Children,” the Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of safe places to learn and grow, educational enhancement opportunities and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Life program. To learn more, please visit the Foundation's Web site at