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U.S. State Department Names Jack Kent Cooke Scholars First Private Scholarship Recipients Eligible for Diplomacy Fellows Program


US State Department Names Jack Kent Cooke Scholars First Private Scholarship Recipients Eligible for Diplomacy Fellows Program


November 19, 2003 (Washington, DC/Lansdowne, VA) - For the first time, the US Department of State has made scholarship recipients from a private foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, eligible for participation in its Diplomacy Fellows Program (DFP). Graduate students who are Jack Kent Cooke Scholars will now be able to pursue their candidacy for a position as a Foreign Services Officer through the DFP, which offers a more abbreviated selection process. 

Foreign Service Officers serve in Washington, DC, and at nearly 265 US diplomatic posts around the world. They are part of the frontline personnel of all US embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic missions. 

"The State Department's decision to admit our Scholars into the Diplomacy Fellows Program is a tribute to their ability and leadership skills," said Matthew J. Quinn, Executive Director of the Foundation. "We are proud to be able to offer them this special opportunity to compete for these exciting positions in public service and international relations."

Deborah Graze, of the US Department of State, called the Jack Kent Cooke Scholars "a resource of tremendous talent for our country's diplomatic corps." She added, "These students have passed through an extremely rigorous review to become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars, and we look forward to having them as part of this special candidacy program." 

With the State Department's announcement, Jack Kent Cooke Scholars join individuals from the following select government fellowship and scholarship programs in being eligible for the DFP:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Diplomacy Fellows
  • Harry S Truman Scholars
  • Institute for International Public Policy Fellows
  • National Security Education Program David L. Boren Graduate Fellows
  • National Endowment for Democracy's Fascell Fellows
  • Presidential Management Interns who have fulfilled their program obligations before December 31, 2003, through service at the Department of State, or the Agency for International Development.
  • Woodrow Wilson Foundation Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows

To apply for the Foreign Service through the DFP in 2003, Jack Kent Cooke Scholars must have completed requirements for their graduate scholarship before December 31. In future years, the application process will follow a similar schedule. Learn more about the US Foreign Service and DFP at this web address:


The Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. It focuses in particular on individuals with financial need. The Foundation began awarding graduate scholarships in 2001 and now funds 93 recipients with awards totaling more than $2 million annually. The Foundation recently announced the opening of the nominations phase of the competition for the next round of graduate Scholars.






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