HPU alumnus tapped for key fellowship by Wilson Foundation, U.S. Dept. of State

June 19, 2012

Lance Jackson

Lance Jackson

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University alumnus Lance Jackson has been selected for a prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship — a program administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for the U.S. Department of State.

Jackson — who completed a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at HPU last year — is only one of 20 graduate fellows in the 2012 cohort. Other fellows are from such institutions as Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Yale.

Graduate fellows 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 also commit to three years of service as a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department, contingent on their passing Foreign Service examinations.

Jackson said he has a “sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all my HPU professors, without whom this achievement would not have been possible.”

“Special thanks are due the HPU professors who were especially instrumental in preparing me for this fellowship — Ken Schoolland, James Primm, Serena Hashimoto and Thomas Dowd,” said Jackson, now at the University of Southern California pursuing a Master of Public Diplomacy degree.

“HPU’s diverse student body and strong global connections help to develop global citizens like Lance Jackson, who are ready to tackle the challenges of diplomacy,” said Carlos Juarez, Ph.D., professor of political science and chair of HPU’s Department of Social Sciences.

HPU offers a strong foundation for graduate studies with a broad-based liberal arts undergraduate education, grounded in history, politics, foreign languages and social issues, Juarez said. “He gained valuable skills at HPU that prepared him for a rigorous graduate program in public diplomacy at USC and to enter the U.S. Foreign Service after graduation.”

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 United States.

Juarez said that Jackson is the latest HPU alumnus chosen for a diplomatic fellowship. Recent graduates Andrew Abordonado (BA, International Studies, 2009, and a 2011 Pickering Graduate Fellow) and Patrick Branco (BA, International Relations, and BA, Political Science, 2009, and a 2010 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellow) also plan to enter the Foreign Service as American diplomats after completing their fully funded graduate studies.