Jack Bisase was recently award the 2013 Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.
Press Release for
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
of North Florida alumnus Jack Bisase was awarded the 2013 Thomas R.
Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National
Fellowship Foundation, which supports the preparation of future Foreign
This fall, Bisase,
who graduated from UNF in 2011 with a degree in International Studies,
will be among 40 exceptional men and women who will begin their journey
towards representing America as Foreign Service officers through the
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships. After an intense
selection process, the 2013 Pickering Fellows—20 undergraduate fellows
and 20 graduate fellows—were identified as candidates with some of the
skills crucial for members of the United States diplomatic corps:
dedication, leadership, planning, cultural adaptability and strong
believe that to whom much is given, much is expected. I am tremendously
grateful to all who supported me along the way for I am nothing but for
those—my family, friends, professors, and mentors—who have helped me
and have enabled me to get where I am today,” said Bisase, a Mandarin
resident. “Since there is no way I can ever pay it back, I intend to pay
Administered for the
U.S. Department of State by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship
Foundation, the Pickering Fellowships develop a source of men and women
whose academic and professional backgrounds fulfill the skill needs of
the State Department and who are dedicated to representing America’s
interests abroad. This year’s fellows have been admitted to master’s
degree programs at a range of institutions including Harvard University,
the University of California, and Berkeley, the University of Denver,
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, American University,
Carnegie Mellon University and more.
is among the 17th class of Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellows
that will receive financial support towards a two-year, full-time
master’s degree program in fields such as public policy, international
affairs, public administration and other related academic fields. He
will be attending American University and intends to make a career out of the Foreign Service. Ultimately, he would like to serve as an Ambassador.
in both programs participate in one domestic and one overseas
internship. Upon the completion of their master’s degree, they commit to
three years of service as a Foreign Service officer for the U.S.
Department of State. The Foreign Service, a corps of working
professionals who support the President of the United States and the
Secretary of State in advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad, are
front-line personnel who can be sent anywhere in the world, at any time,
in service to the diplomatic needs of the United States.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is named in
honor of one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of
the latter half of the 20th century. Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering
holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S.
UNF, a nationally ranked
university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers
students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the
opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.