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Gonzales ’98 named Wilson Fellow

October 08, 2001

Kevin Gonzales ’98 was awarded an esteemed 2001 Woodrow Wilson Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship. The grant will fund his graduate studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

“Kevin is a soft-spoken, contemplative and intellectually curious individual,” says Bob Mandel, professor and chair of international affairs, who was Gonzales’ academic adviser at Lewis & Clark. “He is a probing thinker who comes up with fresh and original ideas, and he is especially interested in international security.”

Gonzales, who graduated from the College with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs, is the second Lewis & Clark alumnus to enter the program. He will serve a mini-mum of three years as a foreign service officer after earning his master’s degree. Foreign service officers staff U.S. embassies, consulates and missions around the world.

The U.S. Congress established the Woodrow Wilson Graduate Foreign Affairs Program to attract outstanding students to foreign service careers in the U.S. Department of State.

The U.S. State Department renamed the program in June. It is now known as the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Program, after the highly respected 20th-century American diplomat who served as undersecretary of state for political affairs during the Clinton administration.

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