NEW YORK, N.Y., April 23, 2009 – 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 11 college and university students in elite, semester-long internships. 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 Anish Choksi and Katherine Fowler for the 2009 spring semester. Additional scholars will be named for the summer and fall semesters.
“This generous grant from the New York Life Foundation has made it possible for a diverse group of student’s to test-drive their careers in business and finance within the government and nonprofit organizations,” said Jennifer Clinton, Ph.D., vice president and chief operating officer of The Washington Center. “Now, these students will enter the workforce better prepared to meet and exceed employer expectations from their experience gained through The Washington Center internship."
“We are pleased to support a program that provides students with work experience that they can draw from for the rest of their lives. It’s rare that students get the opportunity to work with the key decision makers in Washington,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation.
Since 2002, the New York Life Foundation has given $345,000 to support scholarships for 80 of the Washington Center’s New York Life Foundation Diversity Scholars.
Mr. Choksi is from Sicklerville, New Jersey, and is a business major at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He is part of the Business and Management Program at The Washington Center and earned a placement with the Federal Trade Commission.
Ms. Fowler is a native of Missoula, Montana, and is an international business major at the University of Montana. She is part of the International Affairs Program at the Washington Center and earned a placement with the Protection Project, a human rights research institute based at the Foreign Policy Institute at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.
The New York Life Foundation Diversity Scholarships are awarded to students interested in careers in the financial services industry. Students are selected based on relevant major (business, finance, management, accounting, economics, and others); internship with a financial services organization; and/or specific professional skills relevant to the industry.
New York Life Foundation Diversity Scholars Katherine Fowler and Anish Choksi.
About The Washington Center
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit educational organization founded in 1975. Its mission is to prepare college and university students for civic leadership through experiential education. In this way, The Washington Center seeks to promote future leadership for the private, public and nonprofit sectors of society. It has served more than 35,000 students from close to 1,000 colleges and universities located in the United States and around the world. For additional information, please visit our web site at http://www.twc.edu.
About The New York Life Foundation
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, educational enhancement opportunities and childhood bereavement. Since 1979, the New York Life Foundation has donated more than $110 million to national and local non-profit organizations. Please visit the Foundation’s Web site at http://www.newyorklifefoundation.org.
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