Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Two Baruch Students Awarded 2010 Watson Fellowships

Baruch students Patrycja Ajdukiewicz and Renelle Lawrence have been awarded 2010 Jeannette K. Watson Fellowships, the first such awards to Baruch, which was invited to join the fellowship only this past year. The three-year fellowship program offers paid summer internships, mentoring, and enhanced educational opportunities to New York City undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional promise, outstanding leadership skills and commitment to the common good. Every Watson Fellow receives a generous stipend as compensation and support for summer employment and continuing fellowship obligations. 

A first-year student at Baruch College, Patrycja Ajdukiewicz is majoring in Public Affairs with an interdisciplinary minor combining NYC Studies, French and Photography. Patrycja has explored her interest in social activism as a volunteer at a Native American Navajo reservation in Arizona where she assisted in the building of a playground for children of single mothers. Later, she worked with the Social Activism program at the Museum of Modern Art. She is currently a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Patrycia is an avid Francophile, and spent a year studying at Lycée Charles de Gaulle in Paris in 2008-09. In addition to French, she is also fluent in Polish and Spanish.

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Renelle Lawrence is a second-year student at the Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College. She is pursuing a degree in psychology with a double minor in Japanese and interdisciplinary New York studies. Renelle has volunteered her time to assist children improve literacy through the Book Buddies program at her local library, the Change for Kids program at P.S. 160 and as a tutor at the Champion Learning Center. She has also worked with the Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Program in New York City teaching healthy eating and exercise habits. Active in community service, Renelle has also participated in the Lend-A-Hand program and It’s My Park Day. She has honed her skills in leadership and organization as a stage manager for productions from plays and musicals to fashion shows and concerts.

Twelve colleges including Baruch College competed for fifteen Watson Fellowship openings. At least one college from each borough is included in the group of eligible schools. Only the most determined candidates complete the rigorous application process. In the third summer, Watson Fellows can apply for an international assignment.

2009-10 Watson FellowsEstablished by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation in 1999, the fellowship operates on the principle that “talent is broadly distributed but only selectively developed.” Watson Fellows have their pick of coveted job placements over three consecutive summers in non-profit agencies, business organizations, and government service that give them a chance to grow and develop interpersonal skills and gain self-confidence in a variety of professional settings.

Both Ms. Ajdukiewicz and Ms. Lawrence will soon begin the process of interviewing for their first Watson summer internships.

Students can obtain more information about the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship or an application packet by contacting Barbara Wells, Director of Student Academic Services, at 646-312-3897.

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