Andrea L. Gottlich of Overland Park, Kan., a rising junior at The Johns Hopkins University, has been awarded the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship from the U.S. State Department.
Administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Pickering Fellowship will cover the costs of Gottlich's education into graduate school in exchange for her four and one-half year appointment as a Foreign Service officer. The fellowship includes tuition, room, board and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study with reimbursement for books and one round-trip excursion.
Between her junior and senior years, Gottlich will attend a summer institute program to study international relations and politics. The two summers following graduation, she will be placed by the State Department in two internships, one domestic and one overseas.
Gottlich, 20, who is majoring in international studies, has been involved in politics since high school. As a 2002 intern for Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., she worked with his international affairs aide in researching issues and writing to constituents. Last summer, she worked as a campaign volunteer for Sen. David Adkins, R-Kan., and then as a campaign worker for Moore. At Johns Hopkins, Gottlich has supervised student workers since 2001 as the building manager of the Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center at Johns Hopkins. She also participates in campus activities that range from the College Democrats to Johns Hopkins Hillel. This summer, Gottlich is in South Africa, where she is an intern assisting in market research and evaluations with the U.S. Commercial Service, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Gottlich was also named to the Dean's List for the spring 2003 semester at The Johns Hopkins University. To be selected for this honor, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. She is the daughter of Hilary and Stephen Gottlich and a graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School in Shawnee Mission, Kan.
Named after American diplomat Thomas R. Pickering, the Pickering Fellowship was established to recruit students from different ethnic backgrounds and train them to serve in the foreign service. A career ambassador for the Foreign Service, Pickering served as an ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India and the Russian Federation, and finished his career as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Information about the program is available online at www.woodrow.org/public-policy/award.html.
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