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March 20, 2024

Announcing the 2024 Jeannette K. Watson Fellows


Three year program provides unprecedented opportunities to student leaders

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (March 20, 2024) --Today the Watson Foundation announced the selection of its 25th 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.

2024 Jeannette K. Watson Fellows (Class of 2026)

Audrey Adon
, Lehman College
Jady Chen
, Hunter College
Nia Clement
, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Cheick Ismael Diakite
, Lehman College
Seif Ghazi
Jake Guglielmucci
, Brooklyn College
Amy Hecht
, Pace University
Daniel Iqbal
, Baruch College
Anthony Kerr
, St. John’s University
Fuhad Khan
, The City College of New York
Victoria Lu
, The City College of New York
Mariam Moazzam
, Baruch College
Meghan Moore
, Pace University
Joshua Ocampo
Ralph-Montas Osias
, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Participating Institutions

Baruch College
Brooklyn College
College of Staten Island
Hunter College
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Lehman College
Long Island University
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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