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The Washington Center Names Spring 2011 New York Life Foundation Diversity Scholarship Fellows

Scholarships for Spring Fellows Part of Grant to Fund Up to 12 Students in 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 15, 2011 – The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars announced today that a $45,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation will fund scholarships for up to 12 college and university students in elite, semester-long internships in 2011. These Diversity Scholars will gain valuable work experience at government agencies and private for-profit and nonprofit organizations based in Washington, D.C.

Diversity Scholarships were awarded to Cory Cha and Claudia Hasbun for the 2011 spring semester. Additional scholars will be named for the summer and fall 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.

“Our longtime partnership with the New York Life Foundation has made it possible for a diverse group of student’s to work and learn in Washington, D.C. in the public and nonprofit sectors,” said Michael B. Smith, president, The Washington Center. “The challenges and opportunities they experience through their internships are invaluable and serve as a foundation for future success.”

“The New York Life Foundation is proud to continue to support the Washington Center’s commitment to developing young leaders,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. “It’s gratifying to partner with an organization that gives deserving students an opportunity to prepare to enter the workforce by introducing real world experience that helps set them on a course of achievement, leadership and engagement in their communities.”

Since 2002, the New York Life Foundation has given $480,000 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 41,000 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