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The Washington Center Names Spring 2010 New York Life Foundation Diversity Scholarship Fellows

Scholarships for Spring Fellows Part of Grant to Fund 12 Students in 2010

Washington, D.C., March 23, 2010 - 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 2010. 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 Berta Gonzalez, Ana Lopez, Marco Ramos, Manu Srivastava and Brittany Vesey for the 2010 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.

"Internships are critical to the start of an emerging professional's career and the diversity scholarships provided by the New York Life Foundation make life-changing experiences available for our students," said Michael B. Smith, president of The Washington Center. "The New York Life Foundation is a true champion of our organization and we greatly appreciate their continued support for our program and students."

"We are pleased to continue to partner with an organization that has played an important role in preparing young people for leadership and civic participation," said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. "We continue to support The Washington Center because they encourage all of their participants to be informed, public-spirited and civically engaged." Since 2002, the New York Life Foundation has given $435,000 to support scholarships for more than 100 of The Washington Center's New York Life Foundation Diversity Scholars.

Washington Center Scholars 2010

Pictured left to right: Marco Ramos from Dublin, OH, a student at Franklin University in Columbus, OH, is interning with the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States; Berta Gonzalez, from Washington, D.C., a student at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD, is interning at the National Hispanic Medical Association; Brittany Vesey, from Bettendorf, IA, a student at the University of Iowa, is interning at the United States Department of Treasury; and Ana Lopez, from Roselle Park, NJ, a student at Stevenson University in MD, is interning at the Organization of American Studies.

Missing from the photo are: Manu Srivastava from Lexington, KY, a student at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, who is interning at the Financial Services Roundtable; and Ruchika Agrawal from Tucson, AZ, a student at the University of Arizona, who is interning at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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 $130 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 mentoring, the establishment 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

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