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Two Baruch Students Earn 2012 Jeannette K. Watson Fellowships

Kilawan StiversNEW YORK, NY-April 4, 2012 –Baruch College sophomores Kamelia Kilawan and Michael Stivers have been awarded a 2012 Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, making it the second year Baruch students were awarded the fellowship.

Kamelia, a journalism and public policy major, is a peer career advisor and a member of the Indian Club. Dedicated to her Hindu community, Kamelia has organized events and is an active contributing writer for the West Indian Newspaper. Kamelia’s true passion is writing and has organized workshops and participated in the Spring 2012 Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program. She is a graduate of Archbishop Molloy High School.

Michael is in the Macaulay Honors College and is currently involved with a TED Design. His goal is to increase adolescent literacy through innovative technology. Michael has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, spent a week in Haiti assisting at an orphanage after the earthquake, and has spent a year in Brazil as a Global Citizens Fellow. He speaks both Spanish and Portuguese, and was an active member of high school newspaper in New Paltz, NY.

Kamelia and Michael will each begin the process of interviewing for their first Watson summer internship. In the past, Watson Fellowship recipients have spent their first summer at such organizations as the Beth Israel Medical Center,, Echoing Green, and the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo.

In 2010 Baruch students Patrycja Adjukiewicz ’12  and Renelle Lawrence ’12 were awarded Watson Fellowships. Patrycja spent her first Watson summer at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  Last summer she interned at the law firm of Shearson and Sterling. She spent this year studying in Paris. During the coming summer she will be in Beijing interning with the Conference Board.          

Renelle interned at the Beth Israel Cancel Center in 2010.  In the fall semester Renelle studied in Japan and then spent her second Watson summer working with the documentary film company, Lumiere Productions, Inc. This summer Renelle will be working at the Frei Universität Berlin.

Twelve colleges in all, including Baruch College, competed for 15 Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship openings; at least one college from each borough is included in the group of eligible schools. Each school may nominate up to four candidates to send to the citywide selection panels.  Campus Representatives are responsible for spreading the word about the Fellowship and navigating students through the entire process.  Only the most determined candidates complete the rigorous application process. 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. 



Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141,

Mercedes Sanchez, (646) 660-6112,


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