Jerrica “Ashley” Fox has been
awarded a 2019 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship to prepare for a career
in the U.S. Foreign Service. Fox is the first West Virginia University alumna to win a
Pickering Fellowship in at least a decade.
Fox graduated from WVU in 2013
with two bachelor’s degrees in political science and international
studies, with minors in English and philosophy.
During her time at the University, she interned at the U.S. Consulate General
Amsterdam and the West Virginia House of Delegates and represented WVU as a
delegate to The European International Model United Nations Conference in The
“My time at WVU, and particularly
within the Eberly
College of Arts and Sciences, has been an invaluable resource in the
path that led me to the Pickering Fellowship,” Fox said. “My professors,
advisors, and the overall Mountaineer community helped prepare me for my
commitment to public service and I would not have been able to achieve my goals
Fox plans to attend a public
policy program with an emphasis in technology policy in Fall 2019. She is
currently applying to graduate schools.
A native of Beckley, Fox currently
lives in Washington, D.C. where she works as a digital media coordinator at the
Brookings Institution and serves on the associate board of City Kids Wilderness
Project. Prior to Brookings, she served as press assistant to Sen. John D. Rockefeller
IV (D-W.Va.), and communications, and digital content coordinator at the Center
for International Private Enterprise.
The Pickering Fellowship, funded
by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche
International Affairs Center at Howard University, will provide Fox with
extensive professional development opportunities, including internships,
mentors, and skills training. As part of the Pickering Program, Fox will have
an internship based in Washington, D.C. working with the U.S. Department of
State in summer 2020. In the summer of 2021, the U.S. Department of State will
send her overseas to work and to gain hands-on experience with U.S. foreign
policy and the work of the Foreign Service. Upon graduation, Fox will become a
U.S. Foreign Service Officer, embarking on one of the most challenging and
rewarding careers of service to her country.
“We are truly thrilled and excited
that Ashley will be joining the Pickering Fellowship Program. She demonstrated
outstanding academic achievement, leadership and commitment to service during
her time at West Virginia University,” Pickering Fellowship Program Director,
Lily Lopez-McGee said. “These experiences bode well for her success through
graduate school and in the Foreign Service as well. I look forward to seeing
all that she will accomplish in her career.”
Students who are interested in the
Pickering Fellowship and other nationally competitive scholarships and
fellowships should contact the ASPIRE Office by emailing ASPIRE@mail.wvu.edu
to set up an appointment.
CONTACT: Amy Cyphert, director of
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