The Foreign Service Journal - November 2014 - page 79

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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NOVEMBER 2014
79
AFSA NEWS
AFSA COMMEMORAT I VE CO I N
SYMBOL I ZES DED I CAT I ON AND SERV I CE
AFSA commissioned the Foreign Service Commemorative
Coin to serve as a keepsake that recognizes the dedication
and service of its members to the U.S. Foreign Service. AFSA
hopes members will enjoy displaying and sharing the com-
memorative coin with their foreign affairs contacts, family
and friends.
The coin’s design is symbolic of the Foreign Service, rather
than a specific foreign affairs agency. The 1.75” silver-finish
coin has an image of the Great Seal on one side and the AFSA logo on the other, in
honor of the 90th anniversary of the U.S. Foreign Service and AFSA.
The coin is available for purchase on the AFSA website (
) for
$17 and comes in a velour pouch. A handsome display case is also available for an
additional $5. Shipping and handling are included.
AFSAWelcomes New
Governing Board Members
At its August meeting, the AFSA Gov-
erning Board approved USAID Foreign
Service Officer Jeri Dible to complete the
term of departing member Jason Singer.
Dible, currently a donor coordination
adviser in USAID’s Global Health Bureau,
joined the Foreign Service in 2007.
Her previous USAID postings include
Ghana, West Bank/Gaza, Mozambique
and Georgia, as well as a stint as acting
director of the Office of Central Ameri-
can and Mexican Affairs in USAID’s Latin
American and Caribbean Bureau. She is
a health officer.
In September, William Kutson suc-
ceeded Barbara Farrar as the Foreign
Commercial Service representative on
the Governing Board. Kutson joined the
Commercial Service in 2001 and has
served both overseas and domestically
in a U.S. Export Assistance Center and at
FCS headquarters. He has most recently
overseen training of the newest class of
Foreign Commercial officers and Locally
Engaged Staff overseas. Kutson is also a
member of AFSA’s Scholarship Committee.
AFSA welcomes Jeri and Bill to the Governing Board.
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Jeri Dible
William Kutson
AFSA College Scholarship
Applications Now Available
The American Foreign Ser-
vice Association Scholarship
Fund is offering college aid
to children of AFSA mem-
bers who are or were Foreign
Service employees. AFSA is
accepting applications for
the following:
For Incoming or Current
Undergraduates
• Need-based financial
aid scholarships. Financial
aid scholarships range from
$3,000 to $5,000, depending
on the family’s financial situ-
ation. AFSA will make awards
to approximately 50 children.
Not all who submit applica-
tions will receive aid.
For Graduating
High School Seniors
• Academic Merit Awards
for accomplishments in
academics and extracurricu-
lar activities. AFSA bestows
12 Academic Merit Awards
at $2,500, several Academic
Merit Honorable Mentions
at $1,000 and a Best Essay
Award at $500.
• Art Merit Awards for
achievements in one of the
following categories: visual
arts, musical arts, performing
arts or creative writing. AFSA
bestows one Art Merit Award
at $2,500 and up to three Art
Merit Honorable Mentions at
$1,000 each.
• New this year:
Commu-
nity Service Award for distin-
guished contributions to the
community through service
and volunteerism. AFSA will
make one award
at $2,000.
Students can apply for all
four awards. Applicants must
be tax-dependent children of
AFSA members whose par-
ents are active-duty, retired,
deceased or separated
Foreign Service employees
with the State Department,
USAID, FCS, FAS, BBG or
APHIS.
The deadline for the Art
Merit, Academic Merit and
Community Service Award
applications is Feb. 6, 2015.
The deadline for AFSA
Financial Aid Scholarships
is March 6, 2015.
For more information
regarding eligibility or to
apply, please visit our web-
site at
scholar.
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–Lori Dec,
Scholarship Director
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