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F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / M A R C H 2 0 1 2
n 1926, Mrs. Elizabeth T. Harriman expressed her
desire to establish a memorial in honor of her son,
Oliver Bishop Harriman, who had died suddenly
while serving as chargé d’affaires in Copenhagen.
Working with Under Secretary of State Joseph C.
Grew, AFSA formed a committee, and Mrs. Har-
riman made a gift of $25,000 to provide for yearly
scholarships for a son or daughter of a Foreign Service offi-
cer. The Oliver Bishop Harriman Scholarship has been
awarded every year since 1927.
Today, the Harriman Scholarship is one of more than 70
perpetual named scholarships in the AFSA Scholarship Pro-
gram, which confers both Merit Awards and Financial Need
Scholarships. During the 2011-2012 academic year, the as-
sociation provided aid to 96 students totaling $223,400. The
program also assists the DACOR Education Committee and
a few other institutions in administering their scholarship
programs. This excellent progress has been steered by
AFSA’s Scholarship Committee.
For the past 15 years — since 1997, when Ambassador
Willard DePree resigned as chair of the Scholarship Com-
mittee and asked if I would like to replace him— I have had
the honor of continuing the committee’s work. For me, the
most satisfying aspect of that task has been meeting and com-
municating with the outstanding high school students and
college undergraduates whom our program helps. The pic-
tures of the AFSAMerit Award winners and AFSA Financial
Aid Scholarship recipients in the January and July-August is-
sues of the
Foreign Service Journal,
respectively, speak for
themselves.
As I leave the position, I would like to share some of the
history of this exemplary program and give some insight into
the recent work of the committee that manages it.
It’s Official!
In 1932, the AFSA Board of Directors voted to grant
$150,000 to officially establish the American Foreign Serv-
ice Association Scholarship Program. The
Foreign Service
Journal
followed with a similar donation in 1936, and for al-
most 10 years the Harriman Scholarship and these new
funds were granted annually to six or seven Foreign Service
students. In 1945, Assistant Secretary of State William B.
Benton donated a check he had received for writing an arti-
cle to the scholarship program. He followed this with addi-
tional donations, and other members of the Foreign Service
joined in with contributions.
The program received a special boost in 1961, when the
Association of American Foreign Service Women (now the
Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide) pro-
vided new scholarships from a portion of the proceeds of
AFSA’
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INCE ITS BEGINNINGS IN
1926, AFSA’
S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM HAS GROWN
TO PROVIDE BOTH MERIT AWARDS AND FINANCIAL
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NEED SCHOLARSHIPS TO ABOUT
100
SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF
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OREIGN
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ERVICE MEMBERS ANNUALLY
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C. Edward Dillery served as ambassador to Fiji from 1984 to
1987. During a distinguished 38-year Foreign Service career,
he also served in Japan, Belgium, Vietnam, England, Cyprus
and Washington, D.C. He served as AFSA retiree vice pres-
ident from 1991 to 1993 and as chairman of the Scholarship
Committee from 1997 to 2012.
For more detailed information on the AFSA Scholarship
Program, including its management, rules for participating
and the management of the fund, go to www.afsa.org/schol-
arship or contact AFSA Scholarship Director Lori Dec at
dec@afsa.org or (202) 944-5504.