THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
AAFSW’s Secretary of State
Award Celebrates 25 Years
On Nov. 10, the Associates
of the American Foreign
its annual awards program
in the Department of State’s
Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic
During the ceremony,
the 25th anniversary of the
Secretary of State’s Award
for Outstanding Volunteerism
Abroad. This year’s SOSA
recipients were Juliette
non Argetsinger, Ernesto
Lunda, Karen Forsyth, Allison
“Sunny” Stimler and Carolynn
Sheila Switzer was named
the 2015 Tragen Award recipi-
ent for her advocacy of rights
and benefits for foreign-born
FS spouses. Stephanie Arnold
received the Champions of
Career Enhancement for Eligi-
ble Family Members Award for
her efforts on behalf of EFMs
seeking work in Dublin. Patri-
cia Linderman was presented
with the 2015 Lesley Dorman
Award for her outstanding
service to AAFSW.
AFSA was honored to be
invited to join in the celebra-
tion and congratulates this
year’s awardees on their
Pictured: Ernesto Luna,
spouse of Public Affairs
Officer Janelle Luna, receives
the SOSAAward for having
created an English-language
program for the Slovak Diplo-
matic Police force.
To learn more about
AAFSWand the SOSA pro-
LAST CAL L FOR AFSA
COL LEGE SCHOLARSH I P
APPL I CAT I ONS !
The children of active-duty or retired, separated
or deceased AFSA members may apply for col-
lege aid. Graduating high school seniors may
apply for $2,500 academic and art merit awards
along with a community service award, while
incoming/current undergraduates may apply for
need-based financial aid scholarships ranging
from $3,000 to $5,000.
The merit award program submission deadline
is Feb. 6, and the need-based financial aid schol-
arship submission deadline is March 6. Not all
who submit an application will receive an award.
for details, or
contact AFSA Scholarship Director Lori Dec
or (202) 944-5504.
DEADL I NE FOR NOMI NAT I ONS
APPROACH I NG : CONSTRUCT I VE
D I SSENT AWARDS
Nominate someone—or yourself!—for an AFSA
Constructive Dissent Award. The nomination
deadline is Feb. 28.
AFSA proudly recognizes constructive dissent
within the system with four separate awards: The
W. Averell Harriman Award is for entry-level (FS-6
through FS-4) officers; the William R. Rivkin Award
is for mid-level (FS-3 through FS-1) officers; the
Christian A. Herter Award is for Senior Foreign
Service officers; and the F. Allen “Tex” Harris Award
is for Foreign Service specialists.
Recipients receive prize money and travel
expenses to be honored at a June ceremony in the
Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room at
the State Department.
For more details on the awards and to file a
nomination online, visitwww.afsa.org/dissent.
Please contact Foreign Service Profession Awards
Coordinator Perri Green firstname.lastname@example.org
719-9700 for more information.