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fied student would lose a grant, but
the committee tries to find creative
ways to continue the support for such
students within AFSA policies. On
the merit program side, sometimes
parents simply don’t understand why
their outstanding child has not re-
ceived an award. The chair of the
committee takes the responsibility of
explaining the situation to the parents
in such cases.
Participation in the
committee for the past
15 years has been very
rewarding for me. I have
found it particularly grat-
ifying when, as has hap-
pened on several occa-
sions, parents and former
recipients comment on
the importance of our
committee’s work.
But perhaps the most
satisfying aspect is to be
one of the judges for the Merit Awards
and read the applicants’ essays. Their
stories of growing up overseas, doing
community service in underdeveloped
areas, their churches and other organ-
izations, and their travels in foreign
countries are all gripping, real and
Many of the applicants have helped
children in the countries where their
parents are stationed, volunteering in
orphanages or in other ways, and share
heart-warming stories. The judging
process makes clear what an outstand-
ing group the applicants are: capable,
serious and dedicated to their educa-
tion and to their communities.
In closing, allow me to express my
thanks to the several AFSA presidents
and governing boards during my
tenure, to all the members of the com-
mittee over the years, to the volunteers
who have participated in the judging of
merit awards and, especially, to AFSA’s
superb Scholarship Director, Lori Dec.
Because each scholarship or award
case has its special elements, Lori’s
work is highly complex. It requires at-
tention to detail and a thorough un-
derstanding of family situations and
the financial aid practices of many uni-
versities. She is ably assisted by
Jonathan Crawford, AFSA’s part-time
scholarship assistant.
There have been many develop-
ments in the scholarship program
since 1997. Most satisfying is the fact
that AFSA has bestowed $1,538,840 in
aid to 1,264 students during that pe-
riod. Also noteworthy is that the value
of the AFSA Scholarship Endowment
has increased from about $3.7 million
to almost $5 million.
I am honored to have been part of
those developments and to have had a
hand in helping further the education
of Foreign Service dependents. I con-
gratulate Ambassador Lange Scher-
merhorn on her assumption of the
duties of the chair of the Scholarship
Committee, and sincerely hope she
enjoys it as much as I have.
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
Amb. C. Edward Dillery with AFSA President Susan
Johnson at the January Governing Board meeting,
where he was honored for his 15 years as the AFSA
Scholarship Committee chairman.
2007 Art Merit winner EricaWickman
plays her clarinet at the AFSA Scholar-
ship Reception and Ceremony.
Examples of visual arts submissions from winners in past years: the photography
is by Sophia Hubler in 2011, the painting is by Joseph Kenny in 2009, and the ce-
ramic bowl is by Odette Brock in 2003.