Sara Wallace '08 has recently been awarded a Graduate Fellowship for Study of International Relations from the DACOR Bacon House Foundation.
“It was an opportunity of a lifetime,” she says. “So few schools are chosen to take part in this program and it directly correlated to what I hope to do in the future. My professors supported my decision to apply which was also a huge motivating factor.”
Each year DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired) offers graduate fellowships for study toward a master's degree in international relations and invites eight or nine schools around the country to participate. The grants awarded range up to $12,500 toward tuition. The fellowships are for U.S. citizens, and the winners can use the fellowship for study at any accredited graduate school in the United States.
Each participating school advertises the program and, based on merit, nominates three candidates. The DACOR Education Committee interviews the nominees and selects one winner from each school.
This year HWS participated with other prestigious institutions including George Washington University (Elliott School), Georgetown University (School of Foreign Service), Tufts University (Fletcher School), Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), University of Kentucky, University of San Diego, University of Arizona, Bowdoin College, and Saint Mary's College of Maryland.
Ambassador Robert Funseth '48, a member of the Foundation, nominated the Colleges to be considered for the award and essentially made the Colleges' participation in the scholarship possible.
Staff members of the Salisbury Center for Career Services, the deans and faculty members worked together to encourage students to apply. On March 8, Wallace traveled to DACOR Bacon House for interviews. There she gained further insight into the workings and mission of DACOR, as well as an opportunity to explore the Washington D.C. area.
“The interviewing process and trip to Washington D.C. was overwhelming but amazing,” Wallace says. “The opportunity to stay at the foundation was fascinating in itself because of the history of the house. It was filled with artifacts, old books and photographs which were amazing to leaf through and look at. We were surrounded by everything, and it was difficult to restrain yourself from walking to the White House or the Washington memorial.”
Wallace hopes to attend the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She applied to the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies master's program and plans to obtain her master's in Russian and East European Studies and eventually her doctorate in Comparative World Government.
“This fellowship is a great opportunity for me because it has opened so many doors,” she says. “It allowed me the opportunity to meet men and women in the field which I hope to pursue (Foreign Service) and learn about their background and history with the Foreign Service. It will give me the chance to study where I choose and take advantage of the program I enter.”
Wallace is a political science and Russian area studies double major and a minor in history. She is a research assistant for the history department under Professor Clifton Hood. A third-year resident assistant and a senior member of Learn 2 Lead, Wallace is also a foreign affairs campus coordinator through the State Department and the secretary of the HWS chapter of AID (Americans for Informed Democracy).