Jamie Kwong, USC Schaeffer Fellow ’16 selected as Marshall Scholar
The prestigious Marshall Scholarships fund up to 40 scholars each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. For 2018, 43 Marshall Scholars were selected, among them Jamie Kwong.
Jamie is on track to graduate May 2018 summa cum laude, while in pursuit of both a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Master’s in Public Diplomacy. As a freshman, Jamie participated in USC’s Thematic Option Program and was selected for the inaugural cohort of USC Bennis Scholars as a sophomore. Jamie was among forty undergraduates designated nationally as a Schaeffer Government Service Fellow in 2016. In her self-secured internship with the House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, she was recognized for her strong leadership, analytical and writing skills and asked to draft a proposal which was ultimately accepted and used for a hearing on the joint US-ROK-Japan trilateral relationship. Jamie has also applied her ambassadorial skills in an internship with the Department of State for the Bureau on International Security and Nonproliferation in the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism where she authored exercises for the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism aimed at helping member states test their interagency and international communication channels after nuclear security events. As a junior, Jamie was among fewer than 200 finalists interviewed for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship and was recently selected as the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Presidential Fellows Program. In addition to these academic and professional achievements, Jamie has also been a highly engaged student leader. For the past two years, she has served as the campus resource liaison for all students as the Peer Leadership Team Leader for the USC Office of Campus Activities. In this role, she led the effort to revamp the university recognition process serving more than 1000 student organizations. Jamie currently serves as President of the USC Panhellenic Council, an umbrella oversight organization to USC’s 11 national sorority chapters and more than 2200 Greek women. With the Marshall Scholarship, Jamie seeks to build upon her academic studies in nonproliferation and disarmament with specialized training through a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. She intends to dedicate her career to roles within the U.S. Departments of State and Energy, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations where she can employ her skills to educate and mobilize efforts among future generations toward nuclear disarmament, and play a significant role in developing public policy that supports a nuclear free world.
USC Schaeffer Fellow Ida Abhari selected as Fulbright U.S. Student Program Finalist
Ida Abhari, was selected as a Schaeffer Fellow in 2015 and 2016. As a rising junior she interned with Congresswoman Karen Bass in Washington DC and as a rising senior she worked with the United Nations Office of High Commissioner (UNHCR) for Refugees in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ida graduated from USC in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in both International Relations and Philosophy along with a minor in Iranian Studies. Ida was recently named one of only four recipients selected nationally for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistantship placement in Azerbaijan for 2017-2018. Read more about Ida’s Schaeffer Fellowship with the UNHCR and how it impacted her.
Schaeffer Fellows Profiled by USC News
Four 2016 Schaeffer Fellows were recently profiled by USC News. Their profiles are linked below:
- Pleres Choi – California Assemblymember Young Kim
- Jamie Kwong – House Foreign Affairs Committee
- Jack Romero – L.A. Mayor’s Office of Economic Development
- Minerva Solis-Rubio – Congressmember Lucille Roybal-Allard
Vivian Le, 2016 USC Schaeffer Fellow, selected as Boren Scholarship recipient
Vivan is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning and Development and currently studying in Vietnam on the Boren Scholarship. Boren Scholarships require rigorous language study and the majority of awardees spend a full academic year overseas. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholarship recipients commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Prior to her study in Vietnam, Vivian interned as a USC Schaeffer Fellow with then Congressmember Xavier Becerra.
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