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Students Win Scholarships
Middlebury Institute students once again won a wide range of highly competitive fellowships and scholarships this year.

Middlebury Institute students are once again celebrating a bumper crop of major fellowships and scholarships. Students work on their applications with the support of Jen Holguin, Director of Fellowships, Exchanges and Study Abroad at the Center for Advising and Career Services who says advising on fellowships is one of the most rewarding aspects of her role at the Institute. “I love supporting students as they develop the germ of an idea into a fully developed proposal. Whether they receive the fellowship or not, students always learn a great deal from the process that I hope they find valuable in whatever they do in the future.”

Here are some of the Institute awardees this year:

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Fellowship provides unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad.

  • Julia (Rose) Tenyotkin MANPTS ‘18, will study Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
  • Anita Joshi, MAIPS ‘11 /MPA ‘16, will study Portuguese in Mozambique.

US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Patrick Niceforo, MAIPD ‘16 Korean, South Korea
  • Kathryn Smart, MANPTS ‘17 Russian, Russia
  • Julia (Rose) Tenyotkin MANPTS ‘18 Chinese, China
  • Paul (Alex) Kynerd MANPTS ‘17 Urdu, India

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), International Development Fellows Program offers 10 month assignments in one of the CRS programs overseas.

  • Sonia Esquibel, MPA ‘16 will be working in Guatemala.

Davis Projects for Peace supports and encourages today’s youth to create and test their own ideas for building peace.

  • Christian Ciobanu, MANPTS ‘17 will be working on his project “Applying Lessons from the SEANWFZ to Establishing a Northeast Asian Nuclear Weapons Free Zone, Bali, Indonesia” in Indonesia.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as a record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

  • Anita Joshi, MAIPS ‘11/MPA ‘16 Brazil

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) is a full-time, salaried fellowship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy for highly motivated graduate-level students interested in a career in nuclear security.

  • Cassandra Peterson MANPTS ‘15, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation division of NNSA

Bearing the Presidential moniker, the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. Awardees get full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, training, mentoring, plus an opportunity to make government work better.

  • Josh Zimmerman, MBA ‘16

California Sea Grant Fellows obtain “on the job” experience at a host agency in California involved with marine policy, environmental quality and resource management.

  • Jessica Morten, MAIEP ‘15 works in the Channel Islands at the NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
  • Melis Okter, MAIEP ‘16 works in San Francisco at the California Coastal Commission.
  • Maren Farnum, MAIEP ‘16 works in Sacramento at the California State Lands Commission, Division of Environmental Planning and Management.

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