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2021 Fellowship and Scholarship Awardees

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Courtland Matthews

Communications Manager, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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The Josef Korbel School of International Studies is pleased to acknowledge the extraordinary accomplishments of our students. An impressive number – 23 students – have received prestigious fellowship and scholarship awards this year.

“Korbel students have persevered in the face of a global pandemic. They are pursuing opportunities to develop their skills, build their knowledge, learn foreign languages, and study abroad. They are being recognized and rewarded!” says Rae Ann Bories-Easley, director of career and professional development at the Korbel School. “Receiving a highly competitive national award demands thoughtful goal-setting, often requires writing a proposal and overall necessitates real grit. The fact that Korbel applicants have excelled at a much higher rate than the overall applicant pool underscores the tenacity of the recipients and highlights the exceptional mentoring by Korbel faculty and advisors.”

Congratulations to this year’s awardees!

Fellowship awardees

AEI Summer Honors Program

The American Enterprise Institute’s Summer Honors Program is an intensive, fully-funded educational and professional development opportunity in Washington, DC, for top undergraduate students.

Sam Colvett – 4th year B.A. International Studies student

Sam Colvett will spend a week in DC during the Summer of 2021 with the American Enterprise Institute to study International Development, at the AEI think tank, with other students from all around the U.S.

Maria Trubetskaya – 4th year B.A. International Studies student

Maria Trubetskaya was selected to study the politics and economics of the American healthcare system at a week-long seminar in DC at the American Enterprise Institute’s think tank.  Along with the other fellows, Maria will engage in dialogue and debate about the most pressing issues facing the country and the world to prepare for a career in the policy world.

Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide up to $37,000 to U.S. graduate students for the study of a foreign language abroad. Fellows have non-compete eligibility for post-graduate federal jobs.

Dan Doerr – 1st year M.A. International Security Student

Dan Doerr is currently an alternate. He hopes to spend upwards of a year in Odessa, Ukraine learning the Russian language.

Claire Griffin­ – 2nd year M.A. International Studies Student

Claire Griffin is currently an alternate. She hopes to spend six months studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan.

Henry Heilbroner – 1st year M.A. International Development Student

Henry Heilbroner will spend eight months at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro studying Portuguese and interning at the BRICS Policy Center. Henry will also conduct research on Chinese foreign direct investment in Brazil.

Caitlin Navratil – 1st year M.A. International Studies Student

Caitlin Navratil has accepted a Boren Fellowship to continue learning Thai in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition, she will take coursework about democratization in Asia at Chulalongkorn University.

Xuan Nguyen – 1st year M.A. International Studies Student

Xuan Nguyen is listed as an alternate and hopes to study Czech at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Leena Roberts – 1st year M.A. International Development Student

Leena will spend 6-8 months studying Portuguese at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She will intern with an international business or trade organization.

Rozie Schleinig – 1st year M.A. Global Finance Trade and Economic Integration Student

Rozie Schleinig will spend a year studying Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan.

Kathryn Walsh – 2nd year M.S. Cybersecurity Student

Kathryn Walsh will spend nine months studying Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan.

Critical Language Scholarship

The CLS Program is a fully funded overseas language and cultural immersion program with the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries.

Steven Douglas – 2nd year B.A. International Studies Student

Steven Douglas will study Persian through the Critical Language Scholarship in a virtual setting.

Raisa Wells – 2nd year M.A. Conflict Resolution Student

Raisa Wells will spend the summer studying Russian intensively with professors in Vladimir, Russia.

Fulbright Scholarship

With the support of the United States government and through bi-national partnerships with foreign governments, the Fulbright Scholarship Program sponsors U.S. and foreign participants for exchanges in all areas of endeavor to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Olivia Storz – B.A. International Studies, 2018

Olivia Storz will spend the academic year studying the continuum of gender-based violence and everyday political citizenship in Argentina.

Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations

The Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship offers selected international affairs and public policy graduate students the opportunity to spend a summer in a professional internship position with a member of the U.S. Congress or in a government agency and participate in several professional networking events.

Andres Pulido – Dual Degree B.A. International Studies/MA. Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration Student

Andres is excited to be a Harold W. Rosenthal Fellow and complete and internship in Washington, DC in the summer of 2021. He will gain federal-level experience with senior-level teams to support his career goals in economic policy.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for public service leadership. It is a federally funded scholarship granted to U.S. undergraduate students for demonstrated leadership potential, academic excellence, and a commitment to public service. It is administered by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, an independent federal agency based in Washington, D.C.

Andres Pulido - Dual Degree B.A./M.A. Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration Student

Andres was chosen as one of four Colorado finalists based on exemplary academic achievements and service. Andres looks forward to continuing his public service journey with a summer internship in Washington, DC and as an international economist following graduation.

John S. McCain Strategic Defense Fellows Program

The John S. McCain Strategic Defense Fellows Program is a one-year civilian fellowship program designed to provide leadership development for the commencement of a career track toward senior leadership in the Department of Defense. It includes rotations in the Office of the Secretary of Defense or an Office of the Secretary of a Military Department, challenging opportunities to flourish into problem solvers, strategic thinkers and future leaders and mentorship by DoD senior leaders.

Lexi Gillson - 2nd year M.A. International Security Student

Lexi Gillson will spend a year working as a Foreign Affairs Specialist with Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program

NGFP Fellows receive specialized training and professional development opportunities, while also directly supporting NNSA’s global nuclear mission. The 12-month salaried and benefitted placements align with fellows’ backgrounds and interests.

Rachel Combs – 2nd year M.A. International Security Student

Rachel Combs will spend a year working as a Graduate Fellow with the National Nuclear Security Administration and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington, D.C.

Matt Tomarchio – 1st year M.A. International Security Student

Matt Tomarchio will spend a year working with the Nuclear National Security Administration within the Department of Energy focusing on international projects pertaining to the security of nuclear materials, cyber security, and safer alternatives for nuclear power generation.

Presidential Management Fellows Program

The Presidential Management Fellowship program is a competitive flagship leadership development program at the entry level for recent Master’s and PhD graduates interested in public service. In addition to the salary and benefits, fellows receive formal classroom training on leadership, management, and policy, challenging work assignments, feedback, and at least one 4-6 month developmental assignment with the potential for accelerated promotions within the U.S. government.

Caroline Anderson – 2nd year M.A. International Communications Student

Caroline Anderson is seeking a position with a federal agency.

Sam Arndt – M.A. International Communications, 2020

Sam Arndt has accepted a position working for the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. Her appointment is with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Science as a Health Communications Specialist.

Giulia Bova – 2nd year M.A. International Development Student

Giulia Bova will likely accept a PMF offer as a Program Specialist with the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Jim Davidson – 2nd year M.A. International Studies Student

Jim Davidson is considering multiple government service opportunities in Washington and Colorado. He will likely continue in his current role as a partner in an investment fund that invests in Latin America.

Rachel Kyes– 2nd year M.A. International Studies Student

Rachel Kyes is seeking a position with a federal agency.

Savannah Wallace – M.A. International Studies, 2021

Savannah Wallace graduated in March and recently accepted a PMF position as a Public Health Advisor in the Center for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Urban Leaders Fellowship

The Urban Leaders Fellowship program is a seven-week paid summer fellowship for early- to mid-career professionals. Fellows work in ten cities in the United States, building leadership experience in policy and practice and changing communities.

Jazmyne Brooks – 1st year M.A. International Development Student

Jazmyne Brooks will serve as an Urban Leader Fellow in Denver, Colorado. As a fellow she will spend half of her time working on impactful policy proposals with an elected official in the region, and the other half working with a social justice-oriented organization.


To watch the recording of this year’s Korbel fellowship awards recognition event, click here.