Spotlight on Donors: Financial Aid

Norton Bell
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Norton Bell Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2007
Biographical Information: In December 2007, Mr. Norton Bell established a perpetual Financial Aid Scholarship in his name to be first bestowed in the 2008/09 academic year. He served with the Navy in World War II and is a graduate of the University of Illinois. He retired as an engineer from Hewlett Packard in 1986 and went on to become a transcontinental cyclist. Uniquely, Mr. Bell was never in the Foreign Service; he simply has a keen interest in diplomacy. This gift was made tax free from a distribution from Mr. Bell’s IRA after he attended an AFSA sponsored Elderhostel (now Road Scholar, www.roadscholar.org) in Washington, D.C. and thought AFSA’s program was one of the best he had attended. Mr. Bell continues to make annual donations.

 

William Benton
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: William Benton Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 1964
Biographical Information: William Benton had a career equaled by few American men or women. He was the publisher and chairperson of the Encyclopedia Britannica and founded one of the nation's leading advertising firms. He served as Assistant Secretary of State in the time of the Truman administration, playing an important role in the development of the Foreign Service Act of 1946. From 1949 ¬to 1953, Mr. Benton represented Connecticut in the U.S. Senate, and later served as President Ken¬nedy's Ambassador to UNESCO. In 1946, William Benton made a donation that enabled AFSA to award two scholarships. Over the next few years, the scholarship grew by his continuing donations and by the generosity of others who matched a challenge initiated Mr. Benton. Through both Mr. Benton’s generosity and that of others who have given the fund, AFSA has been making awards from the interest accrued on the invested principal. This is a perpetual scholarship, and AFSA will continue to make awards as long as there is sufficient interest generated from the invested funds.

 

Betty Carp
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Betty Carp Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 1979
Biographical Information: For over 50 years, Betty Carp served the American government mainly in Istanbul as an attaché' and political advisor to ambassadors and consul generals in Turkey. A naturalized American citizen, Betty -- who was rarely referred to as Ms. Carp -- was famous for her political insight, keen intellect, sense of humor, and her unmatched kindness. She was a compassionate and helpful friend to all those in need, especially the young, with whom she had a special rapport. When she died in 1974, Betty left money in her will for the Consular Fund in Istanbul and the AFSA Scholarship Program – "in memory of my many happy years in the Foreign Service." The Foreign Service students she loved continue to benefit from her thoughtfulness.

 

Albert E. and Dorothy Carter
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Albert E. and Dorothy Carter Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 1993
Biographical Information: A year following Albert’s death in 1992, his widow, Dorothy S. Carter, established the Albert E. Carter Memorial Scholarship. As a 1933 graduate of the University of Chattanooga, he worked as a commercial artist, before beginning his career as a journalist for several newspapers. He entered government service as a senior economic analyst on the Board of Economic Warfare before finally joining the Foreign Service in 1943.
     In 1945, Mr. Carter was assigned to Costa Rica as Cultural Attaché, later becoming Public Affairs Officer in Uruguay and Chile. He became Chief of the Political Section of the United States Embassy in Panama, and later completed two assignments in Germany, first as chief of Public Affairs policy staff in Berlin and later as Public Affairs Officer in Bremen.
     Mr. Carter met his future wife when he was posted to San José, Costa Rica when he arranged for a recent Mills College graduate to come to the Embassy where he worked as an attaché. Mrs. Carter passed away in January 2016. The scholarship was renamed shortly after Mrs. Carter’s death.

 

William E. Cole
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: William E. and Elizabeth M. Cole Perpetual Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year First Awarded: 1999
Biographical Information: Originally, Mr. Cole established the scholarship only in his wife’s name in 1999 but then when he passed away in January 2001, his name was added to the scholarship. Mr. Cole entered the Foreign Service in 1937 after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1932. His first wife, Sara Antrim, died in Rome, Italy in 1942. In 1947, he met and married Elizabeth Penrith. Mr. Cole’s Foreign Service assignments included Rome, Naples, Trieste, Ghana, the Sudan, and Jerusalem. Upon his retirement in 1962, the Coles moved to Beaufort, South Carolina where Mrs. Cole died in 1988. Before marrying Mr. Cole, Elizabeth received the Medal of Freedom for meritorious service as Junior Commander from September 1944 to May 1945 with the British Army. Elizabeth’s contribution to the success of the World War II Allied Military operations in Italy reflects her great courage and dedication.

 

Suzanne Marie Collins
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Suzanne Marie Collins Perpetual Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
First Year Awarded: 1996
Biographical Information: Retired FSO Jack and Trudy Collins keep the memory of their daughter, Suzanne Marie Collins, alive with an AFSA scholarship they and their friends established. Suzanne was tragically murdered at age 19 in 1985, while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Jack Collins's Foreign Service career spanned from the 1960s to the 1980s. Due to its mention in the bestseller, Journey Into Darkness, the Suzanne Marie Collins Perpetual Memorial Scholarship consistently receives regular donations. Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Collins, Mark Olshaker, John Douglas, and friends.

 

Adolph Dubs
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Adolph Dubs Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 1982
Biographical Information: This scholarship honors the late Ambassador and the victims of the Iranian Hostage Crisis (1979-1981). Awarded for the first time in 1982, this scholarship was made possible by hundreds of donations in memory of Ambassador Dubs who was killed by terrorists in Afghanistan in 1979. In 1981, the AFSA Governing Board donated the money for Harriman, Rivikin and Herter Awards to this scholarships fund in honor of the Iranian Hostages held captive in Teheran, Iran for 444 days until their release in January 1981. This scholarship honors the memory of those who have performed extraordinary service and suffered hardships in their Foreign Service assignments and in the service to their country. The scholarship was established in memory of Ambassador Adolph Dubs for his commitment and service to the Foreign Service. Ambassador Dubs was killed tragically after being kidnapped by militants in Afghanistan on his way to the U.S. Embassy. Before his death, Dubs had served in Germany, Liberia, Canada, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union as a career diplomat.

 

John Foster Dulles
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: John Foster Dulles Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 1961
Biographical Information: The John Foster Dulles Memorial Scholarship is in recognition of the outstanding services that Mr. Dulles rendered to the people and the Government of the United States throughout the six years which he was Secretary of State (1953 to 1959). Dulles was an Honorary President of AFSA, and made several substantial contributions to the Scholarship Fund. He served in the United States Army from 1917-1918, attaining the rank of Major. Dulles then resumed the practice of law and became an adviser to President Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference and a member of the Reparations Commission and Supreme Economic Council in 1919. He was a delegate to the Berlin Debt Conferences in 1933, to the United Nations Conference at San Francisco in 1945, and to the United Nations General Assembly in 1946-1950. He was an interim Senator from New York in 1949; consultant to the Secretary of State in 1950; special representative of the President, with the rank of Ambassador, to negotiate the Japanese peace treaty in 1950 and 1951. He was commissioned Secretary of State in President Eisenhower's Cabinet (1953-1959). While Secretary of State he was credited with accepting the Wriston Committee recommendations of integrating the Foreign Service with the home service, admitting home service officers from the Civil Service to the Foreign Service. This grew the Foreign Service from nearly 1,300 to 4,000 members. Ambassador Dulles died in Washington, D.C. on May 24, 1959.

 

Arthur B. Emmons III
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Arthur B. Emmons III Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
First Year Awarded: 1962
Biographical Information: The Arthur B. Emmons III Memorial Scholarship was established in 1962 by memorial contributions from friends and his widow.
     Mr. Emmons received degrees from Harvard University in 1933 and 1937. He entered the Foreign Service in 1939 and served in Montreal, Hankow, Keijo, Montevideo, Seoul, Dublin and Kuala Lumpur. At the time of his death he was serving in the Department as Deputy Director of the Office of Southwest Pacific Affairs.
     Mr. Emmons was an avid mountain climber and was among the foremost high altitude mountaineers in his day. He was a member of the Sikong Expedition in Southeastern Tibet from 1931-33; in 1936 of the British-American Himalayan Expedition and in 1938 of the Burnia-China Expedition. He continued his interest in climbing throughout his Foreign Service career climbing also in the Rockies, Alaska and the Alps.

 

Linda K. Fitzgerald
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Linda K. Fitzgerald Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2015
Biographical Information: Linda Kay Fitzgerald, age 82 of Hamilton Ohio, passed away on December 16, 2013. A Foreign Service secretary from 1962-1983, Ms. Fitzgerald bequeathed the AFSA Scholarship Fund’s largest gift ever of $950,000. This gift will be used to establish a more substantive Community Service Award in her name under AFSA’s Merit Awards Program and expand the Financial Aid Scholarship Program with additional scholarships in her name.
     She was born on July 4, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA the daughter of the late Stanton and Dorothy (Kennedy) Fitzgerald. Her youth was spent in Elyria, Ohio where she graduated from Elyria High School in 1949. Upon graduating from Miami University where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, she attended Katherine Gibbs School in New York City. Linda's professional 21 year career was spent first with the State Department and then transferred to the United States Information Agency. Her first post was in Tehran, Iran and her final posting was in Paris, France. In between, she lived in Africa, Europe and Asia with two years spent in Saigon, Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
     She retired to Hamilton, Ohio where she pursued her interests in historic and wildlife preservation. Her last years were spent at Westover Retirement Community where she received compassionate and professional care.

 

Terence Flannery
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Terence Flannery Memorial Annual Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2011
Biographical Information: Mrs. Laurence Flannery, widow of Mr. Terence Flannery first established the scholarship in December 2011 and has contributed to it ever since.
     Terence Flannery, a retired Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) officer passed away on October 28, 2009 in Paris, France after a short illness. He attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.
     Prior to his Foreign Service career, Mr. Flannery served in the Air Force and then worked in the private sector for Link, a flight simulator company in Binghamton, New York. In 1984, Mr. Flannery joined FCS. His first overseas posting was Paris, where he served from 1984-1988. His next tours were in Algiers, London, and Brussels. After FCS retirement, Mr. Flannery resumed a career in the private sector, working first for a consulting firm, APCO, in Paris, and then on different projects for The Wall Street Journal Europe Future Leadership Institute in Brussels.
     He is survived by his wife. They have no children.

 

Anthony G. “Tony” Freeman
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Anthony G. “Tony” Freeman Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2007
Biographical Information: Anthony G. “Tony” Freeman, the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for International Labor Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor (DRL), served as a medic in the U.S. Army in Germany and received a Master degree in Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, University in 1960. He joined the Foreign Service in 1961 and served as a Political Officer and Labor Officer in Argentina, Spain, Bolivia, Brazil and Italy. He was Special Assistant to the Secretary of State and coordinator of International Labor Affairs from 1983 to 1993 when he became the Deputy Assistant Secretary in DRL. After retiring from the State Department in 1994, Mr. Freeman was named director of the Washington office of the International Labor Organization (ILO), a position he held for 10 years until his second retirement in 2004. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Maria Elisa Freeman of Bethesda, twin daughters and two grandchildren, as well as other relatives and a multitude of friends and colleagues around the world.

 

Marc Grossman and Mildred Patterson
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: The Marc Grossman and Mildred Patterson Perpetual Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2005
Biographical Information: Ambassador Grossman had been a career Foreign Service Officer since 1976. He was Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources at the State Department from June 2000 until March 2001. Ambassador Grossman was also Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from August 1997 to May 2000. Ambassador Grossman completed his service as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs on February 25, 2005 when he retired. After that Amb. Grossman became a Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group, the strategic business-consulting firm founded and headed by former Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator William Cohen in June 2005. Ambassador Grossman earned a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MS in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is married to Mildred Patterson, who was also a Foreign Service Officer. Mildred Patterson joined the Foreign Service in 1976 and was immediately posted to Copenhagen, Denmark where she worked as a consular officer as well as a political officer and assistant cultural affairs officer. She was then assigned to the Department of State's Operations Center as a watch officer. Ambassador Grossman and Ms. Patterson have a daughter who attends Emery University.

 

Philip Charles Habib
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Philip Charles Habib Memorial Financial Scholarship
Year Established: 1993
Biographical Information: The nation owes Phil a great debt of gratitude for his successes: as the President's Middle East envoy, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Ambassador to Korea, and many other trouble-shooting missions he undertook on behalf of Presidents and Secretaries of State. He epitomized the best and brightest in the Foreign Service and set a standard of excellence that has characterized the career foreign service. Ambassador Habib passed away May 25, 1992 in France. He was born in 1920 and was in the Foreign Service from 1949 to 1980.

 

Colonel Richard R. Hallock
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Colonel Richard R. Hallock Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2004
Biographical Information: As a parachutist in the infantry Airborne, Colonel Richard Hallock served in both World War II and the Korean War. Colonel Hallock had a distinguished military career that ran from 1942 to 1967. He was a Platoon Leader for fifty-plus firefights in Italy, southern France, Holland, the Ardennes, and the Rhine crossing. In Korea, he was the youngest-ever Major serving as a Battalion Commander. He earned 23 medals and commendations including the Legion of Merit. As well as his work in the military, Colonel Hallock made many civilian achievements including pioneering for the Rand Corporation all new combat historical approach to Systems Analysis and serving as Secretary Schlesinger’s personal representative to Turkey and Iran for overhauling procurement. Colonel Hallock formed his own research and Analysis Company as well as a commercial real estate company before his death in 1999.

 

Oliver Bishop Harriman
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Oliver Bishop Harriman Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 1964
Biographical Information: Diplomatic Secretary Oliver B. Harriman died suddenly of heart disease in 1926. Mr. Harriman had been Charge d'Affaires in Copenhagen. Mrs. Elizabeth T. Harriman, Oliver’s mother, wanted to honor her son’s memory by establishing a scholarship. This is AFSA’s first scholarship and how the AFSA Scholarship Program was “born.” Mrs. Harriman’s exact words were, “I make no restrictions, wishing merely that something for the good of the Service should be established.” Oliver Bishop Harriman was born in New York City in 1887. Mr. Harriman attended Rugby Preparatory School and the Morristown School before entering Harvard. He served as private secretary to the Ambassador to Chile and, after examination, was appointed in 1915 as Secretary of Embassy of Class Five. He served in Berlin, Vienna, Havana, Mexico, Montevideo, London and Copenhagen.

 

Louis and Valeria Hebert
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Louis and Valeria Hebert Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2016
Biographical Information: Louis C. Hebert joined the Army Infantry in 1943, as a private. He was only 18 at the time and served until 1946. He was the proud recipient of a purple heart for his service during WWII. Louis then joined the U.S. Department of State in the Foreign Service division and was sent him to Paris to study French. During his employment with the State Department, Louis was lucky enough to meet his wife during a State Department reception. The two celebrated their marriage in St. Stephens’s Church on December 31, 1968 in Washington DC. During his position as a Personal Officer for the Service Branch of the State Department, he was responsible for reviewing all personnel matters. He oversaw salary, hiring and classifications that would allow the State Department to work more seamlessly with foreign countries’ labor laws. Louis also took part in making changes that improved efficiency and morale at embassies and bases around the world. Throughout his 35 years in the Foreign Service, they had the opportunity to travel to places including Russia, China, United Arab Emirates, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Washington D.C.
     Louis passed away in November of 2014, when he was 89 years old. He is buried in Arlington Cemetery.

 

Marilyn Holmes
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Marilyn Holmes Annual Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2016
Biographical Information: An award winning documentary producer for the U.S. State Department and a former Director of the State Department's Family Liaison Office, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Georgetown University Hospital. She was 82.
     Marilyn Holmes was born in Paris, France, in 1934. After her formative years spent in the U.S. and France, she dove into education and cultural exchange, working for the U.S. Information Service in Cambodia and producing documentaries for newly emerging African nations in the late 1950's. She married a Foreign Service Officer, Allen Holmes, in 1959, continuing her documentary projects and started her adventure in the Foreign Service.
     In 1997, Marilyn Holmes received the Secretary of State's Distinguished Public Service Award for her work as Executive Producer of the State Department's Video Production Unit. She was recognized for her innovative television news programs designed to keep employees informed on the latest diplomatic developments.
     Marilyn Janet Strauss is survived by her husband of 56 years, the Honorable H. Allen Holmes, her two children, Katherine Holmes-Chuba and Gerry Holmes and four grandchildren, Nick, Olivia, Alexander and Aidan.

 

Harriet Winsar Isom
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Harriet Winsar Isom Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 1983
Biographical Information: Born in 1936 in the state of Oregon, she grew up on a ranch near Pendleton. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in history and government from Mills College in Oakland, California. She has a Master of Arts in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts. She speaks Indonesian and French. Ambassador Harriet Isom has been a career foreign service officer since 1961, with geographic concentration in Asia and Africa. Early in her career, she held political, economic, consular and personnel positions in the Department of State and at United States Embassies in Malaysia, Indonesia, Niger, and Burundi.

 

Prabhi G. Kavaler
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Prabhi G. Kavaler Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 1998
Biographical Information: Prabhi Kavaler was one of 11 U.S. citizens killed in the terrorist bombing of the US Nairobi, Kenya Embassy on August 7, 1998. Prabhi Guptara Kavaler, born in India, chose a second tour in Africa with her husband so they could introduce their two young American daughters to the exotic life that Prabhi so loved. Howard, 48 and Prabhi, 43 made a career of the U.S. Foreign Service. This husband-wife team was at work in the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. They were several rooms apart when the bomb exploded; Prabhi was killed instantly. In October 1998, Howard Kavaler established an AFSA perpetual scholarship in Prabhi’s name. In their work, the couple had been assigned to Pakistan; Philippines; Israel; Paris and Nairobi, once before from 1990-1992. Prabhi was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. On the one-year anniversary of the bombing, four cherry trees were planted and a memorial plaque was dedicated at the Fairfax County Library in McLean, VA. This was done to honor Prabhi’s memory and her love of reading, particularly English literature.

 

Douglas Keene
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Douglas Keene Perpetual/Sharon Papp Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2016
Biographical Information: Mr. Keene joined the Foreign Service in 1967, and assigned to Vietnam as his first post in 1968. Successive overseas assignments included Warsaw, Poland in 1971-73 and Karachi, Pakistan from 1973-75. Then Doug served as the first Political Military Officer in Cairo, Egypt from 1980-83. He was next assigned as Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem 1983-86, and then Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Muscat, Oman from 1986-89. He was named Director of Arabian Peninsula Affairs during the first Gulf War. He returned to the Middle East as Deputy Chief of Mission to the Embassy in Amman, Jordan from 1991 to 1994. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1994, Doug acted as a Senior Advisor for Middle East Affairs in the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. General Assembly every fall from 1995-2000. He ended his career working at the State Department Historian's Office and the Office of Press Relations before retiring in 2002. During his career, Doug received many awards for her service including a Cross of Merit of the Order of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre.
     Sharon Papp, AFSA General Counsel assisted Mr. Keene with an employment issue in 1998/99 and provided very effective legal counsel. Mr. Keene was very grateful for the support Ms. Papp and AFSA provided and the Keenes’ wished to recognize Sharon by including her name in the scholarship.

 

Daniel Kiang
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Kiang Fund for Excellence Financial Aid Scholarship
First Year Awarded: 2012
Biographical Information: Mr. Daniel Kiang, 67, a retired State Department FSO lost his life to lung cancer in July 2011. In his will, he established an AFSA scholarship called the “Kiang Fund for Excellence” with a $100,000 gift, which AFSA received in March 2012. Mr. Kiang was born in China and received degrees from Dartmouth College and Columbia University. He served in the Army and joined the Foreign Service in 1979. Mr. Kiang spent most of his career in the East Asia and Pacific Bureau of the State Department either in Washington, DC. or abroad. His overseas assignments included London, Beijing, Shenyang, Taipei, Hong, Kong, and Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Kiang retired in 2004. However after retirement, he was diagnosed with lung cancer in the spring of 2005, despite never having smoked in his life. After initial treatment, his cancer went into remission, and he went on to work as a When Actually Employed (WAE) annuitant. The disease recurred in 2007, and, after four years, it overwhelmed his defenses.

 

Dalton V. Killion
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Dalton V. Killion Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
First Year Awarded: 1997
Biographical Information: Mr. Killion was born and raised in California receiving a BA from UC - Berkeley in 1957. He also received his Masters in Asian Studies and Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1969. His first position with the State Department was as an economic officer with the Bureau of Economic Affairs in Washington, D.C., in 1958. Most of his postings during his 32-year career were in the Far East. Mr. Killion served as Consul General in Osaka-Kobe, Japan; Deputy Chief of Mission in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso; and, Deputy Chief of Mission in Conakry, Guinea. Mr. Killion lost his life on March 3, 1996 to a battle with a brain tumor. The scholarship was then established by his wife Patricia in 1997.

 

Francesca Bufano Lapinski
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Francesca Bufano Lapinski Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 1989
Biographical Information: Mrs. Lapinski died of cancer at age 61 on Sept. 2, 1989. Her husband, Felix Lapinski, established the scholarship for his late wife in 1989. She joined the Foreign Service as a secretary in 1951. She served in Frankfurt, Bonn, Berlin, Manila, and San Jose. She also worked in Rome, New Delhi, Yaoundé, and Paris until she resigned to marry in 1968. She subsequently served at the National Security Council from 1975 to 1985 and returned overseas for a three-year assignment to the Mutual-and-Balanced-Force-Reduction talks in Vienna preceding her retirement in 1988.

 

Naomi and Elbert Mathews
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Naomi M. and Elbert G. Mathews Perpetual Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
First Year Awarded: 2003
Biographical Information: The Mathews’ bequeathed over $800,000 to the AFSA Scholarship Fund in 2002, the largest gift ever made the AFSA Scholarship Fund. Elbert G. Mathews, accompanied and assisted by his wife Naomi M. Mathews, served for 37 years in the Foreign Service in five countries on three continents. He was ambassador to Liberia in 1959 and ambassador to Nigeria from 1964-69. The Mathews' had no children of their own but many who knew them were not surprised by their generous gift to promote the education of Foreign Service children. Naomi Mathews served as the AAFSW president from 1970-1972 and participated in AAFSW's oral history program. Mrs. Mathews' niece, Pam Brody recalls, “My aunt was independent, cultured and a very proper woman. She introduced me to the arts by taking me to plays, art exhibits, and concerts when back in the United States from overseas assignments. Even through her later years in life, she regularly invited women to over for formal tea still using her silver tea service for her days as a Foreign Service wife."

 

Joshua Lane-Holman McMackle
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Joshua Lane-Holman McMackle Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2015
Biographical Information: Ms. Tracy McMackle, active duty FAS FSO established a memorial, perpetual financial aid scholarship in memory of her son, Joshua. He was tragically shot attending a street party as an 18 year old freshman college in April 2010 near the campus of his college, Texas Southern University. In 2015, Ms. McMackle was able to accrue the funds to bring this tribute to fruition.
     Joshua spent the majority of his life living abroad in Brussels, Bonn, Berlin, Moscow, and Tokyo, before attending Randolph-Macon Academy his junior and senior year of high school where he learned to fly Cessna aircraft and played on the varsity basketball team. Being a “third culture kid,” he found it easier to say he was from his father's home state of Virginia, which is how he got the nickname, "VA." Tracy says, “It gives me comfort to know that Joshua's name will live on and that this memorial scholarship will be helping others.”

 

Everett K. and Clara C. Melby
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Everett K. and Clara C. Melby Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2003
Biographical Information: Everett Kinney Melby was born in 1915 in Portland, Oregon. Clara Crommelin Melby was born July 9, 1909 in Modjowarno, Indonesia, where her parents were Dutch missionaries. Mr. Melby was Assistant Secretary General of the European Student Relief Fund in Geneva from 1939-42 where he traveled in occupied Europe to helped students, particularly in France and Eastern Europe. He joined the State Department in 1942. While working in Geneva, Switzerland in the early 1940s for the World Council of Churches, Clara met Everett. They were married in 1944. From 1942-48 Everett served in Bern, Switzerland, from 1948-51, in Athens, Greece. In 1951 he attended Columbia University obtaining his masters in German while assigned to Washington in EUR and INR bureaus. From 1952-1956, he served in Bonn, from 1960-1964 he served as Consul General in Georgetown, British Guiana. From 1964-1966, Mr. Melby was Consul General in Frankfurt, Germany before becoming Deputy Chief of Mission in Port-au-Prince, Haiti from 1967-70. Then, he became Consul General in Quebec, Canada from 1970-1974. Mr. Melby retired in 1974.
     Clara Melby accompanied her husband to all his assignments. She was active in the community at each of these posts, and the Melby’s had four children. Mrs. Melby was keenly interested in different cultures and gardening and was an active supporter of local artisans. She spoke Dutch, French, German and English fluently. Clara Melby died January 2, 1992 in Montreal, Canada where she and Everett Melby had lived since they retired from the Foreign Service. Mr. Melby died on March 30, 2003 in Brooklyn, New York. Their Melby children established this AFSA scholarship in 2003 and Mr. Eric Melby, their son continues to make annual gifts to this scholarship.

 

Susan Lowe Modi and Sorab Modi
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Susan Lowe Modi and Sorab Modi Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2015
Biographical Information: Susan Modi was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Information Agency's Foreign Service. Mrs. Modi, a Cleveland native, died at her suburban Washington, D.C., home of cancer in 1988. Ms. Modi earned a bachelor's degree from Goucher College, Towson, Md. In 1968 she was accepted as a Foreign Service Officer with the United State Information Agency (USIA). Her first assignment was Seoul, South Korea, followed by Bombay, India, and two tours in Italy, one in Rome and the other in Genoa, where she served as branch public affairs officer. In 1988, she returned to Washington. She was a member of the American Foreign Service Association where she served on the AFSA Education Committee.
     Her husband, Sorab Modi of Washington died in 2015 and left a modest bequest in his will to add to this AFSA Scholarship. He was a writer and lecturer on classical music, died at his home in Washington, DC. Sorab Modi was born in Mumbai, India. In his retirement, Mr. Modi gave lectures on classical music at embassies and concert halls in the Washington, D.C. area.

 

Horace J. and Evelyn K. Nickels
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Horace J. and Evelyn K. Nickels Memorial Scholarship
Year Established: 1997
Biographical Information: Mr. Nickels was with the U.S. Department of State from 1945 until his retirement in 1965. His first assignment was as an assistant to the Country Specialist, South European (Balkan) Affairs. In 1946, he became Romanian Country Specialist with the Southern European section of East European Affairs. In 1951, Mr. Nickels was assigned to the American Embassy in Paris, France, as Attaché and Political Officer for East European Affairs. In 1955, Mr. Nickels was assigned to the American Consulate General in Munich, Germany, where he served as Consul, Senior Political Officer, and Chief. When the Hungarian uprising occurred, Mr. Nickels was detailed to Vienna, Austria, to interview the escapees.
     Evelyn Koehler Nickels, Horace’s wife, graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BA from the School of Music. She took MA work at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago before becoming an instructor in music at the University of Idaho in Moscow. She was active in nonpartisan work on the county charter for Montgomery County, Maryland. The Nickels’ children (Mrs. Katherine N. Hughes and David Nickels) established this scholarship in loving memory of their parents in 1997.

 

Marcia Martin and Brockman M. Moore
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Marcia Martin and Brockman M. Moore Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
First Year Awarded: 2007
Biographical Information: Marcia Moore, a career Foreign Service Officer, died June 20, 1980 in Sarasota, Florida. She was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for 28 years with service in Guatemala, Japan, Italy, Vietnam, England, West Africa, and Austria. Her last assignment was in the Department of State, Bureau of African Affairs. She retired to Sarasota in June 1976. A scholarship was established at the time of Mrs. Moore’s death by her husband, Mr. Brockman Moore. Mr. Brockman M. Moore died in 2005. The Moore’s had no children. Mr. Moore last resided in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Moore designated the AFSA Scholarship Fund as the beneficiary of his Charitable Remainder Trust whose approximate value was $157,000 which the AFSA Scholarship Fund received in October 2006. Mr. Moore also bequeathed his estate (about $700,000) to the AFSA Scholarship Fund and a scholarship established in Mr. Moore’s name in the 2007/08 school year. In 2016/17 school year the two scholarships were combined into one and renamed to the above award.

 

Mattie and George Newman
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Mattie and George Newman Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
First Year Awarded: 2009
Biographical Information: George Newman worked for the US government from 1945 until he joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in 1951. Soon after he met Mattie and they married. Mattie passed away in November 2003, and George Newman died in April 2008. He and his wife left their estate equally split between their foster daughter, Janet (Roseman) Bayless and the AFSA Scholarship Fund. The Newman’s never had children and became close to Elvin and Edith Roseman and their daughter Janet. The AFSA Scholarship Fund ultimately will receive over $650,000 from the Newman Trust, which will be used for AFSA need-based undergraduate financial aid scholarships.

 

David D. Newsom
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: David D. Newsom Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
First Year Awarded: 2008
Biographical Information: The David D. Newsom Financial Aid Scholarship was established in November 2008 through memorial contributions from friends and a very generous donation from his widow, Mrs. Jean Newsom. Ambassador Newsom was born in Richmond, California, attended UC Berkeley and Columbia University’s School of Journalism. He joined the Foreign Service in 1947. In his long and distinguished career, he served as Ambassador to Libya, Indonesia, and the Philippines. He was Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, and retired as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in 1981. Thereafter he served as Director of the Institute of Diplomacy at Georgetown and as Professor of International Affairs at the University of Virginia. He died in May 2009 and is survived by his wife and five children.

 

Martin G. Patterson
Established Under Which AFSA Program:  Financial Aid Scholarship 
Name of Award:  Martin G. Patterson Memorial Perpetual Financial Aid Scholarship 
Year First Awarded: 2004
Biographical Information: Martin (Marty) Patterson, an FSO with the Foreign Agriculture Service, passed away suddenly from heart failure on July 2, 2003 while visiting his parents in Louisiana. His wife, Constanza, and three daughters survive him. The award will be bestowed to a child of an FAS or APHIS employee, if at all possible. When the Patterson children are old enough, they can apply to receive this award. Donated by Eric Wenberg, Mike Conlon (both FAS employees) and other friends of Martin's.

 

Rozanne L. (Roz) Ridgway
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship Program
Name of Award: Rozanne L. (Roz) Ridgway Financial Aid Scholarship
Year First Awarded: 2010
Biographical Information: Amb. Ridgway was a member of the Foreign Service for 32 years from 1957 to 1989. Her diplomatic career included postings as Ambassador to Finland and Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). She is perhaps best know, however, as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs (1985-1989) who was the principal representative of President Ronald Reagan and Secretary of State George Shultz in organizing, managing and documenting the Reagan-Gorbachev summits. Present “at the table” at all five historic U.S.-Russia summits between the two leaders of these super power nations, she received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Reagan in recognition of her service. Amb. Ridgway’s principal activity in her twenty years since retirement from the Foreign Service has been a corporate director serving on the board of some of America’s largest and best know corporations. She is married to Captain Theodore E. Deming, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired).

 

Adele Langston and William P. Rogers
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Adele Langston and William P. Rogers Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2001
Biographical Information: William P. Rogers and his wife Adele Langston Rogers both died in 2001, only months apart. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers were both active in the American Foreign Service community. The couple met as fellow Cornell law school students and married in 1936. Mr. Rogers was born in upstate Norfolk, N.Y. and Mrs. Rogers in Haddon Heights, New Jersey. Mrs. Rogers was active in the field of education. For over twenty-five years, she was a school volunteer tutor in inner city public schools in Washington, D.C. and New York City. While traveling with her husband during his time as Secretary of State, President Nixon presented Mrs. Rogers with the Presidential Citizens Medal. She the first woman ever honored with this award. Mr. Rogers was a well accomplished man with a legal career that spanned more than 60 years, as well as serving as Attorney General in one Eisenhower administration, and Secretary of State to President Nixon. Between his two tours of Cabinet service, Rogers practiced law, arguing and winning two landmark First Amendment cases in the Supreme Court, one for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and one for The Associated Press. As Attorney General, Rogers established the civil rights division as a permanent part of the Department of Justice. He had been a key draftsman of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 as Deputy Attorney General. He also proposed what came to be called the Rogers Plan for Peace in the region, which was rejected by Israel, but the framework remains the basis for many settlement proposals today. Rogers, was the senior partner in the law firm Rogers & Wells, when he died of congestive heart failure in 2001.
     Their children and friends established the scholarship in 2001.

 

George P. Shultz
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: George P. Shultz Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 1989
Biographical Information: George P. Shultz was sworn in on July 16, 1982 as the 60th U.S. Secretary of State under the Reagan administration. Mr. Shultz graduated from Princeton University in 1942 receiving a B.A. degree in Economics. That year he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served until 1945. In 1949, Mr. Shultz earned a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Economics from the Massachusetts Institute to Technology. He taught at MIT from 1948 to 1957. In 1957, Mr. Shultz was appointed Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. He was named Dean of the Graduate School of Business in 1962. Mr. Shultz served in the Administration of President Nixon as Secretary of Labor for 18 months from 1969 to June 1970. He became Secretary of the Treasury in May 1972 serving until 1974. During that period, Mr. Shultz served also as Chairman of the Council on Economic Policy. As Chairman of the East-West Trade Policy Committee, Mr. Shultz traveled to Moscow in 1972 and negotiated a series of trade protocols with the Soviet Union. He also represented the U.S. at the Tokyo meeting of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Shultz was Chairman of President Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board. At President Reagan's request, Mr. Shultz in May 1982 met with leaders in Europe, Japan, and Canada to assist in preparations for the Versailles Economic Summit.
     Secretary Shultz established the scholarship in 1989.

 

Victor H. and Ruth Nay Skiles
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship Program
Name of Award: Victor H. Skiles Memorial and Ruth Nay Skiles Financial Aid Scholarship
Year First Awarded: 2012
Biographical Information: Victor Henry Skiles passed away in 2011. Mrs. Skiles established this scholarship in May 2012, bestowed for the first time in the 2012/13 school year. Mr. Skiles traveled to Washington, D.C. in 1940, to serve as an intern with the National Institute of Public Affairs and was assigned to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1942, Mr. Skiles enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in the Pacific theater as an officer. At the end of World War II, because of his experience with the Agriculture Department, he was asked to join the Quadripartite Control Council in Berlin, Germany, assisting war refugees and displaced persons. In all of his overseas work, Mr. Skiles focused on programs that contributed to improvements in education, agriculture, public health and administration, and food security.

 

Anna B. and John M. Steeves
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Anna B. and John M. Steeves Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 1993
Biographical Information: The scholarship was established by John M. Steeves, and was originally in Anna B. Steeves' name. It was renamed at his grandson's request when he passed away in October 1998. Anna Jean Bergstresser was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Canada in 1905. She went to school in Harrisburg and entered nurses training in Philadelphia at Presbyterian Hospital where she earned her RN. She worked in private practice and then in 1942 she joined the University of Pennsylvania's General Field Hospital for service in World War II and arrived in Ledo, Assam India where she met John M. Steeves. They married on Nov. 28, 1945. John M. Steeves was born in 1905 and grew up in the Dakotas and Western Canada and attended Walla Walla College in Washington. He began his career as a missionary for the Seventh Day Adventist Church's South Asian Division. However, with the U.S. entering World War II, Mr. Steeves broke with the pacifist church to join the Psychological Warfare Unit of the U.S. Office of War Information, based in India. After the war, he transferred to the State Department. Mr. Steeves was posted to India, Japan, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. In 1961, he was appointed ambassador to Afghanistan by President Kennedy. Steeves served as Director General of the Foreign Service from 1966 to 1969. He also wrote several books. After retirement from the Foreign Service, he became active in local civic affairs in Adams County, PA, eventually becoming the mayor.

 

Omar Sykes
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Omar Sykes Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2013
Biographical Information: Omar Sykes was a rising senior and marketing major at the Howard University School of Business when he tragically was killed on July 4, 2013 near his apartment a few blocks from Howard University. He was active on campus as a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity and participated in Blue Crew, a student group supporting the school’s sports teams. His mother, Sherry Sykes, an AFSA member, is currently serving in Washington, D.C. (October 2016). He is also survived by his father, Adam Sykes and sisters, Jamila Sykes and Halima Sykes Dumas. The funds donated from family and friends ($19,000 as of December 2013) have established a need-based, undergraduate scholarship in Omar Sykes’ name bestowed on a student whose parent is an active duty or retired Foreign Service employee who is an AFSA member. The recipient will attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

 

Christopher and Eliza Van Hollen
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Christopher and Eliza Van Hollen Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 2013
Biographical Information: Ambassador Christopher Van Hollen Sr., a career State Department officer who became an authority in Southeast Asian affairs and a leading diplomatic voice during the volatile birth of Bangladesh, died Jan. 30, 2013 at the age of 90 due to complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease. His wife, Edith Eliza Van Hollen, who was recognized as one of the top U.S. government foreign policy and intelligence analysts on Afghanistan and South Asia, died of cancer three years earlier, on Feb. 21, 2007 at the age of 79. The Van Hollens are survived by their three children (Christopher Van Hollen Jr. of Maryland, Caroline Van Hollen of Washington, and Cecilia Van Hollen of Fayetteville, N.Y.) and five grandchildren. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D) is the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district, serving since 2003.

 

John Campbell White
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: John Campbell White Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 1966
Biographical Information: John Campbell White, first United States Ambassador to Haiti and former Ambassador to Peru, died on June 11, 1967 in New York. Ambassador White retired in 1945 after 31 years in the Foreign Service, where he served in Santo Domingo, Bangkok, Warsaw, Kabul, Berlin, and Buenos Aires. Ambassador White was the son of Henry White, Ambassador to Italy and France and a signer of the Treaty of Versailles. John Campbell White entered the Foreign Service in 1914. He was the first president of DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired). The daughter of Ambassador White, Mrs. Tapley Bennett has consistently added annually to this scholarship.

 

John C. Whitehead
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: John C. Whitehead Scholarship
Year Established: 1989
Biographical Information: John C. Whitehead was sworn in as Deputy Secretary of State on July 9, 1985 and served until January 19, 1989, serving under Secretary of State George Shultz. Mr. Whitehead was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1922. Mr. Whitehead attended Haverford College where he was elected as president of the Student Council. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in economics. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy, and participated in the invasions of Normandy, Southern France, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. While still in the Navy, he was later assigned as an instructor at the Harvard Business School. After the war, he attended the Harvard Business School as a student, receiving his M.B.A. degree with distinction in 1947. He later received honorary LL.D. degrees from Haverford College and Pace University. He joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1947 as a junior statistician and worked there for 38 years. He became a partner in 1956 and senior partner and co-chairman in 1976. As a leader in his industry, he has served as a director and chairman of the Securities Industry Association and as a director of the New York Stock Exchange. From 1968 to 1970 he was chairman of the Advisory Committee to the SEC's Institutional Investor Study. Whitehead also served as chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the organization responsible for rebuilding and rejuvenating New York following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Honorable John C. Whitehead passed away February 7th 2015.
     Mr. Whitehead established the award himself in his name in 1989.

 

Sheldon Whitehouse
Established Under Which AFSA Program: Financial Aid Scholarship
Name of Award: Sheldon Whitehouse Memorial Financial Aid Scholarship
Year Established: 1990
Biographical Information: Ambassador Charles Whitehouse and his sister Sylvia Blake established the Sheldon Whitehouse Memorial Scholarship in 1990 in honor of their father. Sheldon Whitehouse began his career in the Foreign Service in 1909. He served in Caracas, Constantinople, Athens, Montenegro, and Madrid; and was Minister Plenipotentiary in Guatemala and Colombia. His children recall that he had vivid memories of his tours in Paris in the 1920s coinciding with a colorful era of history - the first transatlantic flight by Charles Lindbergh. He also served a stressful post in Petrograd, Russia in 1917, during the Russian Revolution. The Whitehouse family has continued the Foreign Service and public service tradition through Ambassador Charles Whitehouse, his son who was president of AFSA from 1981 to 1982. His grandson Ambassador Robert Blake Jr., presently assigned to Washington, and another grandson is Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island who has been in office since 2007.

 

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