HPU News for July 2011

HPU Graduate Selected for Prestigious Foreign Service Fellowship

July 05, 2011

Andrew Kekoa
Hawai‘i Pacific University graduate Andrew Kekoa Abordonado was recently named a Pickering Fellow for 2011.

Hawai‘i Pacific University graduate Andrew Kekoa Abordonado was recently named a Pickering Fellow for 2011.

The spring 2009 HPU valedictory speaker from Honolulu was among those selected as a 2011 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow. The fellowships are administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for the U.S. Department of State.

Abordonado will study at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and focus on U.S. Foreign Policy and Human Rights Policy.

Those selected as graduate fellows will receive financial support toward a two-year, full-time master’s degree program related to foreign affairs. They participate in one domestic and one overseas internship. Fellows commit to three years of service as a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department, contingent on their passing the Foreign Service examinations. The Foreign Service, a corps of working professionals who support the president and the secretary of state, are considered “front-line” personnel who can be sent anywhere in the world, at any time, in service to the diplomatic needs of the U.S.

Abordonado already has experience with other cultures, noting in his HPU commencement speech, “coming to Hawai‘i Pacific University, a place so rich with diversity, I have been able to meet people from across the globe.”