The Woodrow Wilson Foundation named the University of Utah’s Brandon Peart as one of 20 undergraduate students nationwide to receive the 2011 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. The Pickering Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and will provide support for Brandon’s completion of an undergraduate degree and first year of graduate studies as he prepares academically and professionally to enter the United States Foreign Service. Twenty Graduate Fellows were also selected.
According to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation: “The United States’ international representatives must have dedication, initiative, integrity, cultural adaptability, ability to communicate well, and a thorough intellectual background. The 40 new Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows named this summer have demonstrated promise across this range of areas crucial to United States Foreign Service Officers.
“Fellows in both programs participate in one domestic and one overseas internship. They commit to three years of service as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State, contingent on their passing the Foreign Service examinations. The Foreign Service, a corps of working professionals who support the President of the United States and the Secretary of the United States Department of State in pursuit of the goals and objectives of American foreign policy, are ‘front-line’ personnel who can be sent anywhere in the world, at any time, in service to the diplomatic needs of the United States.
“The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is named in honor of one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century. Mr. Pickering held the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as Ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India, and the Russian Federation, finishing his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.”
Brandon was also awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship in March 2011; this scholarship provides each recipient $30,000 for graduate study as well as priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special fellowship opportunities within the federal government.
Brandon is working toward degrees in Political Science and Economics at the University of Utah, with a minor in Campaign Management. He will graduate in May 2012. He completed a Hinckley internship with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., last summer where he assisted projects in the intellectual, cultural, and religious history of East-Central Europe. Following his internship in D.C., Brandon served a local Hinckley internship when he was hand-picked to serve as Mayor Peter Corroon’s personal assistant during his 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Brandon has maintained an impressive 3.9 GPA throughout his undergraduate studies. He hopes to promote international electoral integrity as a United States Foreign Service Officer.
For a full listing of the 2011 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship recipients please visit their website at www.woodrow.org/higher-education-fellowships/foreign_affairs/pickering_undergrad/recent_fellows.php