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March 17, 2023

Announcing the 2023 Jeannette K. Watson Fellows


Three year program provides unprecedented opportunities to student leaders

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (March 17, 2023) --Today the Watson Foundation announced the selection of its 24th Class of Jeannette K. Watson Fellows. The fellowship program provides student leaders from 12 New York City colleges with three years of unprecedented 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 character, convictions and aspirations 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 Aspen, Coro, Fulbright, Truman, 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, the Foundation works with students to develop personal, professional and cultural opportunities that expand their vision, test and develop their potential, and build their confidence and perspective to be more humane and effective leaders with a world view.

2023 Jeannette K. Watson Fellows (Class of 2025)

Yara Ammar, Pace University
Stefanie Brijmohan
, Lehman College
Jack Cameron
, The City College of New York
Rafi Chowdhury
, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Ellis Clay
, Pace University
Ricky Costas-Hernandez
, Brooklyn College
Billie Estrine
, The City College of New York
Abhinandan Gaba
, Queens College
Isabella Grullon
, Hunter College
Frances Hamed
, Hunter College
Emily Madray
, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Mariana Rojas
, Pace University
Natalie Sanchez
, Queens College
Kilhah St Fort
, Lehman College
Stephen "Dodge" Suprun
, The City College of New York

Participating Institutions

Baruch College
Brooklyn College
College of Staten Island
Hunter College
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Lehman College
LIU Brooklyn
Marymount Manhattan College
Pace University (Manhattan)
Queens College
St. John’s University
The City College of New York


Learn more about the fellows here.

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