Institute for International Public Policy Announces Fellowship Class of 2008

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Wed Jun 11 14:13:38 UTC 2008

Institute for International Public Policy Announces Fellowship Class of 2008

32 Minority Students Receive Fellowships Valued at Nearly $100,000 Each

FAIRFAX, Va., June 10 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- The Institute
for International Public Policy (IIPP), a program of the UNCF Special
Programs Corporation (UNCFSP), today announced that 32 outstanding
young men and women from across the country have been selected for the
14th Cohort of the IIPP Fellowship -- one of the nation's most
prestigious programs for minority students interested in pursuing
careers in international affairs. Each of the 32 IIPP Fellows will
receive scholarships and services totaling nearly $100,000 over a
five-year period, a total commitment of $3.2 million.

The IIPP 2008 class represents 26 different colleges and universities,
including: Dillard University, University of Colorado at Denver,
Boston College, Jackson State University and Harvard University.
Selection as an IIPP Fellow is highly competitive and based on a
record of remarkable academic achievement, evidence of leadership
potential and commitment to a career in global affairs. A complete
list of the 2008-2009 class, their educational institutions and
hometowns is below.

"The incoming Fellows are one of the most diverse groups the IIPP has
ever had," said Darryl Crompton, Director of the IIPP. "Our students
are from almost every region of the country and come from small
liberal arts colleges, Ivy League universities, Hispanic-Serving
Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. What
brings them together is their interest and commitment to a career in
international affairs."

Over the next seven weeks, the students will participate in the
rigorous seven-week Sophomore Summer Policy Institute (SSPI) hosted at
Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. The SSPI introduces Fellows to
the basics of international policy development, foreign affairs,
cultural competence, careers in these fields, and options for graduate
study. Over the next five years the Fellowship will include study
abroad during their junior year, intensive foreign language training,
internships tied to their areas of interest and graduate study.

About the IIPP
The IIPP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and
administered by the UNCF Special Programs Corporation to provide
students from underrepresented minority groups with the education and
training necessary for entering and advancing in international
affairs. Now in its fourteenth year, the IIPP has placed more than 300
Fellows in more than 50 countries across the globe to study foreign
affairs and global policy. Students may apply for the Fellowship
beginning in the fall semester through the spring semester of their
sophomore year.

To learn more about the program, please visit .

2008 IIPP Fellows, Universities and Home Towns

Adrian Assim, Smith College. Hometown: Southwick, MA
Zubida Bakheit, Johnson C. Smith University. Hometown: Alameda, CA
Claire Balani, Austin College. Hometown: Sherman, TX
Cedric Blair, Dillard University. Hometown: Modesto, CA
Timothy Booker, Baldwin Wallace College. Hometown: Maple Heights, OH
Kendra Brumfield, Louisiana State University. Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Duyen Bui, Georgetown University. Hometown: Elk Grove, CA
Leah Bui, University of Washington- Seattle. Hometown: Seattle, WA
Denicia Cadena, Amherst College. Hometown: Amherst, MA
Morgan Cassell, University of Washington, Seattle. Hometown: Seattle, WA
Han Chen, American University. Hometown: Tampa, FL
John Choi, Boston College. Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
Stephanie Erazo, Spelman College. Hometown: Country Club Hills, IL
Humberto Guerrero, University of Colorado at Denver. Hometown: Denver, CO
Michael Huggins, Stanford University. Hometown: Stanford, CA
Justin Jefferson, Wilberforce University. Hometown: Florissant, MO
Zishan Jiwani, Seton Hall University. Hometown: Orlando, FL
Tamaro Kane, New York University. Hometown: Rockville, MD
David Leapheart, University of Michigan. Hometown: Midland, MI
Kelsey Leonard, Harvard University. Hometown: Belport, NY
Kyra McDonald, University of Mississippi. Hometown: Madison, MS
James McDowell, Howard University. Hometown: Dallas, TX
Azmera Melashu, University of Washington, Seattle. Hometown: Seattle, WA
Claire Morel, University of Texas at Austin. Hometown: Austin, TX
Deeneaus Polk, University of Mississippi. Hometown: Pascagoula, MS
Demyia Pridgen, Jackson State University. Hometown: Arlington, TX
Abdulaziz Said, Syracuse University. Hometown: Denver, CO
Lauren Sprott, Spelman College. Hometown: Plainfield, NJ
Jessica Tamdji, Georgetown University. Hometown: Corona, NY
Bradley Toney, Brown University. Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL
Duyen Tran, Scripps College. Hometown: Upland, CA
Omar Vazquez, Seattle University. Hometown: Renton, WA

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