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

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

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 7, 2010 - 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 remaining six scholars have been named the summer 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 Nathaniel Drowell, Jr., Branden Griffin, Evan Higa, Edric Kirkman, Jaimie Mercer and Zainab Yusuff for the 2010 summer semester. 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.

Washington Center Summer 2010 NYL Foundation Diversity Scholarship Fellows Photo

Pictured front row, left to right: Edric Kirkman from Tuscaloosa, AL, a student at the University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa is interning at the Financial Services Roundtable; Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation; Evan Higa is from Honolulu, HI, a student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is interning at the U.S. Department of Defense; Nathaniel Drowell, Jr from Verona, PA, a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is interning at the U.S. Small Business Administration; Branden Griffin is from Houston, TX, a student at Texas Southern University is interning at the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority; Jaimie Mercer from Pittsburgh, PA, a student at the California University of Pennsylvania is interning at Hostelling International; and Zainab Yusuff fromWashington, DC, a student at the University of Maryland - Eastern Shore is interning at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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.

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 www.twc.edu.

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 www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

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