March 30, 2021
Announcing the 2021 Jeannette K. Watson Fellows
FIFTEEN NYC COLLEGE STUDENTS NAMED WATSON FELLOWS
Three year program provides unprecedented opportunities to student leaders
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (March 30, 2021) -- Today the Watson Foundation announced the selection of its 22nd Class of Jeannette K. Watson Fellows. The fellowship program provides student leaders from 12 New York City colleges with three years of personal, professional and cultural immersions in the United States and abroad.
At the center of the program are fully-funded summer experiences with leading organizations in New York City and around the world. Combined with close mentoring, Watson Fellows expand their vision, develop their potential and build the confidence and perspective to do so for others. Fellows go on to attend leading graduate programs, receive national and international scholarships, and become leaders in their fields.
“The new class of Watson Fellows represents the diversity, openness and character of America's most inspiring student leaders. We look forward to introducing them to the Watson Community and supporting their personal, professional and cultural growth,” said Chris Kasabach, Watson Foundation, Executive Director.
About the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship
Jeannette K. Watson Fellows are chosen through a nomination process from freshman and sophomore students at 12 New York City partner institutions. The fellowship's comprehensive program includes three summers of internships at leading organizations around the world, a cohort of supportive peers and ongoing mentorship. Nearly 300 Jeannette K. Watson Fellows have been named since the fellowship’s start in 1999.
Watson Fellows are represented in America’s top graduate programs and go on to become leaders in their fields including law, medicine, public policy, business, arts and sciences. They are the recipients of numerous Fulbright, Truman, Coro, Urban Fellow and many other national awards.
About the Watson Foundation
In 1961 the Watson Foundation was created as a charitable trust in the name of Thomas J. Watson Sr., best known for building IBM. Through one-of-a-kind programs and over 100 global partnerships Watson works with students to develop personal, professional and cultural opportunities that build their perspective and confidence to be more humane and effective leaders with a world view.
2021 Jeannette K. Watson Fellows (Class of 2023)
Lexcy Alexis, Brooklyn College
Nija Daniels, The City College of New York
Gab DeCastro, Pace University
Bricen Fisher, Baruch College
Klaire Geller, Hunter College
Jonathan Gerweck, Pace University
Aisatou Ishimori, Marymount Manhattan College
Keren Landrón, St. John's University
Madeline Liu, Queens College
Jasmine Josefina Mayor, Hunter College
Xonhane Medina, LIU Brooklyn
Joie Ning, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Kimberly Pereyra Monero, The City College of New York
Katherine Sanchez, Queens College
Bruno Santos Rodrigues, Baruch College
College of Staten Island
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Marymount Manhattan College
Pace University (Manhattan)
St. John’s University
The City College of New York
Learn more about the fellows here.
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