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The Washington Center Names Spring 2006 New York Life Foundation Diversity Fellows

$50,000 Enables Students to Participate in Elite Internships

NEW YORK, N.Y., February 13, 2006 — The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars announced today the recipients of the New York Life Foundation Diversity Scholarships for the spring semester. The elite semester–long internships, funded by the New York Life Foundation, allow the students to gain invaluable work experience at government agencies and private for–profit and non–profit organizations based in Washington, D.C.

Diversity Scholarships were awarded to the following interns for the 2006 spring semester: Barbara Camille of Le Moyne College, who is interning at The Women's National Democratic Club; Regat Gebreberhan of Clark University, interning at the U.S. Department of Treasury; Jeremy Graham of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, interning at The Environmental Protection Agency; and Latesha Murphy of Westfield State College, interning at the U.S. Department of Treasury–Financial Management Service.

"The Washington Center's long–standing partnership with the New York Life Foundation enables college students of diverse backgrounds, interested in business and finance, to participate in internships at high–profile organizations," according to Arleen Ramirez Borysiewicz, senior vice president at The Washington Center. "We commend the Foundation for opening doors to scholars of diverse backgrounds, and for its ongoing commitment to the education of our nation's youth."

"We are pleased to support a program that provides young adults with the valuable opportunity to serve an internship in the nation's capital. The program empowers many young people by helping them develop academic, professional and leadership skills that will serve them well when they begin their professional careers," said Peter Bushyeager, president of the New York Life Foundation.

The New York Life Foundation Diversity Scholarships support selected students who would otherwise not be able to participate at The Washington Center. Selected students are awarded the New York Life grant to help defray their costs while participating in The Washington Center's programs. The selection process includes consideration of each applicant's academic major and performance, professional interests, letters of recommendation and internship placement. Since 2002, more than 60 college and university students have received scholarships made possible through grants provided by the New York Life Foundation.

The Foundation funded Diversity Scholarships to the following interns in the fall of 2005: Jonnalyn Camba of Villanova University, who interned at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Talece Hunter of Ohio University, interned at the office of Senator Charles Schumer (D–NY); Shruti Mehta of Saint Joseph's University, interned with the Cordell Hull Institute; Jason Bramwell of Westfield State College, interned at the public relations firm of Tricom Associates; and Kristen Packett of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, who interned for the United Nations Refugee Agency.

The Washington Center's world–renowned programs challenge students with rigorous academic, professional and leadership training. Participants earn academic credit at their home colleges and universities for successful completion of The Washington Center's programs. Internship placements have included the U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of Commerce, congressional committees, offices of members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, and organizations in the private and nonprofit sectors.

The New York Life Foundation is the major vehicle through which New York Life Insurance Company channels contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its Nurturing the Children initiative, the Foundation supports organizations, programs and services that target young people, particularly in the areas of mentoring, safe places to learn and grow, and educational enhancement opportunities.

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