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2018 Gilman Scholarship Recipients
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad for U.S. who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.
- Andrea De La Puente – Thailand
- David Garry – United Kingdom
- David Michelson – United Kingdom
- Cesia Ng – United Kingdom
- Allen Pham – United Kingdom
- Utav Thapa – United Kingdom
2018 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 Kwong 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, a unique undergraduate government service experience intended to expose students to government work and its impact. 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.
Read more about Jamie and the 2018 Marshall Scholar cohort:
- 2018 Marshall Scholarship Press Release
- 2018 List of Marshall Scholars
- New York Times
- USC Annenberg News
- USC Dornsife News
2018 Schwarzman Scholar
Edwin Saucedo has been selected to join the third cohort of the Schwarzman Scholars incoming class. This year, 4,042 candidates from around the world competed for just 142 spots.
Edwin is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the University of Southern California where he also completed a Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning and Development in 2017. He is a first-generation college student and a proud Gates Millennium Scholar, USC Presidential Scholar, and USC Norman Topping Scholar. As a junior, Edwin became Director of Finance and Administration for USC’s Undergraduate Student Government and established a scholarship fund of $100,000 to help eliminate the financial barriers to campus involvement. The next year, he took on the role of Student Body President, representing 19,000 undergraduates and advocating for increased resources for underrepresented students. This led to the establishment of the First-Generation Student Union (FGSU), a student-run club dedicated to building community and addressing the needs of the 3,000+ first generation students. In addition to campus involvement, Edwin has held multiple internships. He served with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. and also spent a summer in Taiwan working for the State of Idaho-Asia Trade Office as a USC Global Fellow where he advised five companies on potential Asian partnerships and export opportunities. Among his numerous accomplishments, Edwin was one of 12 recipients of USC’s Order of the Laurel and the Palm in 2017 and was honored as Los Angeles County Democrat of the Year for his grassroots activism and dedication to help engage community members in 2016. Currently, Edwin is a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow with the California State Legislature, an 11-month fellowship that introduces public policy through full-time work as a professional legislative staff member. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Edwin plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Global Affairs with an emphasis in Economics and Business at Tsinghua University in Beijing with the goal of understanding China’s impact on California and the world. In the future, he hopes to serve marginalized communities by fostering trade and investment in underserved areas in California.
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