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MARCH 2013
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
2012 AFSA ANNUAL REPORT
AFSA NEWS
AFSA Scholarship
Program: A Busy Year
BY LOR I DEC, SCHOLARSHI P DI RECTOR
The AFSA Scholarship Program had a busy and successful
year under the direction of the AFSA Scholarship Committee,
chaired by Ambassador Lange Schermerhorn. Other commit-
tee members were: Deborah Odell (retired State representa-
tive), Jenae Johnson (active-duty State rep), Mark Petry (FAS
rep), Yvette Malcioln (USAID rep), Joyce Namde (AFSA Gov-
erning Board liaison), Anne Cekuta (AAFSW rep) and Andrew
Winter (ex-ofcio AFSA Governing Board rep). Through their
hard work, and that of the AFSA Governing Board, more than
$225,000 in scholarships and awards was bestowed on 99
children of Foreign Service employees. Please visit
www.afsa.
org/scholar f
or program details.
2012 Highlights:
• In January, Amb. Lange Schermerhorn was approved as
the chairman of the AFSA Scholarship Committee.
• The estate of Mr. Daniel Kiang established the Kiang for
Excellence Financial Aid Scholarship, a six-fgure planned gift.
• Mrs. Laurence Flannery established an annual fnancial aid
scholarship in the name of her late husband, Terence Flan-
nery.
• Ruth Nay Skiles established the Victor H. Skiles Memorial
and Ruth Nay Skiles Financial Aid Scholarship in perpetuity.
• Previously established perpetual or annual fnancial aid
scholarships benefted from additional funding from six pri-
vate donors or support from their donor contacts.
• By making a substantial donation, an anonymous donor
took the lead in establishing an AFSA fnancial aid scholarship
in tribute to the U.S. diplomatic personnel killed in the Beng-
hazi terrorist attacks.
• The program implemented an online student application
form and judge scoring system for the AFSA art and academic
merit awards.
• Academic and Art Merit Awards, ranging from $500 to
$2,000 each, were given to 26 Foreign Service high school
seniors, totaling $40,500.
• After obtaining a legal opinion, the AFSA Governing Board
approved changing the scholarship application criteria for
Foreign Service youth, efective in the 2013-2014 school year.
Only children of Foreign Service AFSA members are now
eligible to apply for AFSA scholarships.
• Seventy-three students received undergraduate fnancial
aid scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 each, for the
2012-2013 school year, totaling $186,600.
• New advertisements were developed for the scholarship
program’s planned giving outreach.
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Left to right: Maria Giuseppa Spigler congratulates merit winner Basil
Smitham and his family.
Scholarship Program Staf: Scholarship Assistant Jonathan Crawford and
Scholarship Director Lori Dec.