Washington, DC, April 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Following a highly competitive application process, the United States Department of State has selected 15 talented individuals for the remarkable FAIT (Foreign Affairs Information Technology ) – one of the agency’s leading diversity recruitment programs. programs.
This two-year scholarship program aims to attract highly talented and qualified candidates who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in computer science and who are interested in a career in the foreign service. As a pathway to a career as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS), the FAIT Fellowship Program offers each Fellow:
- Up to $75,000 in college funding over two years (junior and senior years of a two-year bachelor’s or master’s degree program)
- Two summer internships – one at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and one at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad
- Professional development and personalized mentoring during the scholarship program
Upon successful completion of the FAIT Fellowship program and Foreign Service entry requirements, Fellows receive appointments as Foreign Service Information Management Specialists and begin exciting careers using their technology skills to supporting American diplomacy abroad.
Funded by the Department of State and administered by the Washington Center (TWC), the FAIT Fellowship aims to attract top tech talent who represent the ethnic, racial, gender, social, and geographic diversity of the United States. The FAIT Fellowship encourages applications from women, minority groups historically underrepresented in the foreign service, and people in financial need.
“We are honored to partner with the U.S. Department of State on this important scholarship program since its inception with the Class of 2017,” said Kim Churches, Chairman of the TWC. “The FAIT Fellowship Program has received applications from highly qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds across the United States, and we are very proud of the 15 successful Fellows selected.”
Of the 15 DONE scholars for the 2022 cohort, seven are in the graduate scholarship and eight are in the undergraduate scholarship.
Graduated Fellows and their most recent institutions:
- ToneQuasha Benn, Howard University
- Jacquetta Cook, University of Florida
- Anass El Bekkari, Franklin University
- Elton Hima, University of Maryland Global Campus
- Adetokunbo Okunoye, Xavier University
- Jacob Williams, University of Valparaiso
- Andy Wu, Lehigh University
Undergraduate scholars and their current institutions:
- Samay Chandna, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Jolene Farley, Riverside City College
- Conrad Finos College Richard Bland
- Faith Lin, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
- Chad Peterson, Wake Technical Community College
- Kathryn Riordan, Indiana University Bloomington
- Jamal Seder, University of New Orleans
- Prince Uduka, Kennesaw State University
The 2023 application cycle for the FAIT Fellowship Program is expected to begin in September 2022. Announcements will be posted online at https://www.faitfellowship.org/ and shared on social media on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
About the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
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About the US State Department
The mission of the Department of State is to protect and promote the security, prosperity, and democratic values of the United States and to shape an international environment in which all Americans can prosper. The department’s workforce includes some 13,000 foreign service members, 11,000 civil servants and 45,000 local employees in more than 270 diplomatic missions around the world.