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Two Students in East Asian Studies Program Receive 2010 Thomas Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
From left to right: Haenim (Grace) Yoo, Professor Cindy Fan (Chair of East Asian Studies IDP), Wendy Zheng

Two Students in East Asian Studies Program Receive 2010 Thomas Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Congratulations to Haenim (Grace) Yoo and Wendy Zheng; two outstanding scholars from the UCLA East Asian IDP program who were awarded 2010 Thomas Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship under Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

The fellowship program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. The fellowship offers funding for two years of studies (undergrad/grad), two paid summer internships with State Department (one domestic and one overseas), and a three year commitment with State Department as a foreign service officer post graduation. We wish them best of luck in their respective journey ahead.

Haenim (Grace) Yoo

I am a third-year student at UCLA majoring in East Asian Studies with a focus on the Japan. My undergraduate studies in East Asian Studies at UCLA have definitely shaped me significantly these last three years. As the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship aims to develop leaders to serve in the Foreign Service, I believe my foreign language ability in Korean, and Japanese was pivotal to being selected as a Fellow. Also, my participation in the 2010 Fall UCLA CAPPP program in Washington, my study abroad experiences and teaching English in Korea has been pivotal to my overall academic and career journey. After finishing this quarter at UCLA, I will begin studying abroad this summer at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan for my senior year. I am both very thankful and excited to have been selected as a Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow and am endlessly grateful for the many wonderful mentors who have guided me throughout my UCLA experience.

Wendy Zheng

Wendy Zheng is pursuing the Chinese major in Asian Languages and Cultures department and is a Departmental Scholar in East Asian Studies working on her MA:

In terms of Pickering Fellowship, I believe that my experiences living, studying, traveling, working and volunteering in Europe, Asia and Americas qualified me for the program. My fluency and familiarity with foreign languages and cultures, namely Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese and Fuchow), Italian, Spanish and Dutch, advanced my candidacy in the finalist selection. My leadership and work experiences in diverse fields added strength to my application. And of course, the academic achievement, specifically, the dual degree track ALC/EAS Departmental Scholar Program substantiated my application. Most importantly, during oral interview, I let them know who I really am, my drive and motivation for success, my passion for international traveling and foreign affairs, and my desire to give back to the community and serve to the best interests of the country.

Learn more about the Pickering award and eligibility