Khatijah Corey

Khatijah Corey '13 was one of only 20 students selected to receive a Pickering Award, which includes money for two years of school, two 10-week internships with the U.S. Department of State, and a committment to work in the Foreign Service for three years after graduation.

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Pacific Student Named Pickering Fellow

Only one of 20 students nationally to earn the award this year
by Patrick GiblinMay 14, 2012

Khatijah Corey '13 was named a Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation this week. Only 20 students are selected each year for the exclusive program.

As a Pickering Fellow, Corey will receive up to $40,000 during her senior year at Pacific and another similar grant for her first year of graduate school.

"This is a great honor for Khatijah and Pacific," said Cynthia Wagner Weick, dean of the School of International Studies. "The Pickering is a life-changing program in that it doesn't just help the students find their career path but literally starts the student in a career in the Foreign Service."

As part of the Fellowship, Corey will be required to serve a 10-week internship overseas and a 10-week internship in the United States, both working for the U.S. State Department. Both internships come with a stipend. Fellows also commit to working for three years as Foreign Service officers upon completing their studies and passing the Foreign Service exam.

Corey is a student in the School of International Studies. She also is pursuing a second major in Spanish through the College of the Pacific. She is fluent in Spanish and recently studied abroad in Argentina.

She is the seventh student in the past month to be named to a prestigious fellowship or scholarship program. Last week, two Pacific students earned Boren Scholarships and a third was named as an alternate to the program. Last month, two Pacific students were named Fulbright Scholars and a third as an alternate.

The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program, named for one of the nation's most distinguished diplomats, is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

For more information on the Pickering Fellowship, visit

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