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very satisfying effort. Each judge has
at least 20 applications to consider, and
the process is completed in two stages.
In recent years, the committee has
also dealt with a number of broader is-
sues. Until 2010, AFSA did not have
a formal policy on handling bequests
and other substantial contributions.
That year, the committee formulated
and the Governing Board approved a
new policy, which embodies a more
professional approach that helps
donors understand the kind of schol-
arship gifts that are accepted and how
they will be used.
AFSA also recently adjusted its
awarding policy for the perpetual
named scholarships. Each year, the
committee determines the recipients
for these scholarships, which are given
for both financial aid and merit
awards. The interchange between the
donors and the recipients is most re-
warding, as winners receive biograph-
ical information to understand their
donors’ Foreign Service connection
and donors receive student thank-you
letters. Many form an even stronger
tie, exchanging correspondence and
meeting in person.
Finally, the committee helps schol-
arship program staff with individual
cases. On the financial aid side, stu-
dents may change universities, drop
out of programs, or have unexpected
family issues. Often, such situations
could mean that an otherwise quali-
M A R C H 2 0 1 2 / F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L
Amb C. Edward Dillery accepts a
scholarship donation from Nick
Frankhouser, Scholarship Chairman
of the Public Members Association of
the Foreign Service.
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