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Lewis & Clark Students Win Consular Corps Scholarship!

February 18, 2011

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    Jennifer Schmidt '12 (right) greets Mary Jean Thompson, Honorary Consul of Liechtenstein and Dean of the Oregon Consular Corps, at the scholarship reception. Thompson is an alumnae of Lewis & Clark College.

Two international affairs majors at Lewis & Clark were honored at a reception hosted by the Oregon Consular Corps on February 17, 2011 at the University Club in downtown Portland.  The two students, Jennifer Schmidt ‘12 and Osha Smith-Gittelman ’12, were awarded $2,500 scholarships for their spring semester studies.  The reception was attended by members of the Oregon Consular Corps, representing 24 respective countries from around the world. Schmidt and Smith-Gittelman were selected following a comprehensive application process that included interviews with members of the diplomatic community in Oregon.

Lewis & Clark has been associated with the Oregon Consular Corps Scholarships program since 2009.  Each year two students are selected from Lewis & Clark and from the three public universities in Oregon.  Lewis & Clark is the only private college in Oregon involved in the program.

 Jennifer Schmidt, from Bettendorf, Iowa, spoke at the reception.  Following her first year at the College, Schmidt did volunteer work in Uganda, teaching hygiene and disease prevention to children.  She is active in campus organizations and is passionate about gender and human rights issues.  Schmidt works part time to help finance her studies at Lewis & Clark and states “The OCC Scholarship is very generous and I am pleased and honored to be its recipient.” 

Smith-Gittelman, from Boulder, Colorado, was unable to attend the reception because he is studying in Valparaiso, Chile for the spring semester.  “My time in South America has greatly improved both my understanding of Spanish and my window into the workings of international affairs.”  Smith-Gittelman is a double major in international affairs and Spanish.  His future plans are to work and study abroad, perhaps with the Peace Corps or another non-profit organization.

For information about the Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship, please contact Andrew Cortell, Chair of International Affairs.