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56

MAY 2015

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

AFSA NEWS

Scholarship Gift continued fromp. 49

intelligent woman who could

take care of herself and had

strong convictions,” says

Denise Herrmann, a friend

and neighbor whom Fitzger-

ald designated as the execu-

tor of her estate.

Nancy Prass, an Ohio

University

classmate and

sorority sister

of Linda’s at

Alpha Omi-

cron Pi, and a

Foreign Service

colleague in

Saigon in 1970,

recalls her as

an “indepen-

dent woman.”

Settling in

Hamilton, Ohio,

after retire-

ment, Fitzger-

ald became active in her

community. She served at

one time as the correspond-

ing secretary for the Ohio

chapter of the American

Association of University

Women, supported historic

preservation and green initia-

tives, and spent much of her

time helping senior citizens.

“She was a shrewd investor

in the stock market and a

very generous person,” Herr-

mann says.

AFSA will now offer the

$2,000 Linda K. Fitzgerald

Community Service Award

as part of its annual Merit

Awards Program. This com-

petitive award will be given

to the high school senior of a

Foreign Service AFSA mem-

ber for his or her community

service achievements.

In addition, AFSA will

bestow at least $20,000

annually in need-based

undergraduate financial aid

scholarships in perpetuity in

Linda’s name to children of

Foreign Service employees

who are AFSA members,

beginning with the 2015-

2016 academic year.

Linda Fitzgerald’s bequest

is just one example of how

generous donors have

helped the AFSA Scholarship

Program flourish since 1926,

Linda Fitzgerald (top row, third from right) and her

FS colleague Nancy Prass (top row, left) were Alpha

Omicron Pi sorority sisters at Miami University in the

early 1950s.

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when the first memorial

scholarship was established

by the mother of Oliver

Bishop Harriman, an FSO

who died suddenly while

serving in Copenhagen. The

Harriman scholarship is still

bestowed annually.

AFSA now has 77 of these

perpetual and annual named

scholarships, each with its

own story that we share with

the recipient.

With Linda Fitzgerald’s

gift, AFSA’s scholarship

endowment now totals $7.3

million. AFSA has awarded

more than $4 million in col-

lege aid to Foreign Service

children in the last 25 years.

No AFSA member dues go

towards the scholarship fund.

For more information

on the AFSA Scholarship

Program, please contact, Lori

Dec, at

dec@afsa.org

or (202)

944-5504, and visit www.

afsa.org/scholar

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–Lori Dec,

Scholarship Director

On March 31, AFSA officials, staff, and Scholarship Committee members,

as well as previous scholarship recipients and parents of scholarship

recipients, attended a lunch in honor of Linda K. Fitzgerald, who had

bequeathed the largest-ever gift to the AFSA Scholarship Fund. AFSA

presented Denise Herrmann (front row, left), Ms. Fitzgerald’s friend and

executor of her estate, with an AFSA commemorative coin and a memorial

marker that can be affixed to Ms. Fitzgerald’s burial headstone.

AFSA/DEBRABLOME

AFSA WEB I NAR REACHES OUT

TO POST REPS

On March 10, 30 overseas AFSA post representatives

took part in our second annual post rep webinar.

During the webinar, AFSAPresident Robert Silver-

man and AFSAState Vice President MatthewAsada

discussed the current revamping of the post repre-

sentative program, the new Foreign Service Institute

course module on labor management, and AFSA’s

congressional advocacy agenda.

In particular, Silverman andAsada reviewedAFSA’s

requests in the State authorization process, the Sec-

tion 326 workforce development report, and proposed

changes to danger pay and hardship differential (see

p. 53).

AFSAwould like to thank all post reps for their

service. If your post is currently without a post repre-

sentative, please consider serving today. Contact the

membership department to volunteer (member@

afsa.org).

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–Lindsey Botts, Labor Management

Executive Assistant

NEWS BRIEF