GW honors four seniors with award

University officials recently selected four new Presidential Administrative Fellows, an award given to graduating GW seniors who wish to continue their post-graduate studies at the University, said Peter Konwerski, associate director of the Student Activities Center.

Seniors Carol Capace, Wendi Conti, Sam Anyan and Alan Elias were selected from a pool of 57 applicants to join six other fellows currently in the program.

Through the award, the fellows will receive free tuition and housing for two years, as well as a small stipend, Konwerski said. In return, the fellows are required to work as staff members in University offices.

The fellows apply for their jobs based on their interests, he said.

Capace, a political science major, will study for her MBA. Conti, a human services major, will work toward her master’s degree in community counseling. Anyan, a finance major, will pursue a degree in public policy, and Elias, an international affairs major, will study for a master’s degree in political management.

It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m ecstatic, Conti said. I got it, but it’s not like you’re handed over a free ride. It’s really hitting me that it’s going to be a lot of work.

Conti said after being involved in community service for four years that she would like to work for the Office of Community Service.

Anyan said though he was pleasantly surprised by receiving the award, the fellowship actually made his decision on what to do after graduation harder.

It makes my life more complicated, he said. I was considering law school and had a job offer with Lehman Brothers, an investment firm in New York City. But room and board and tuition, you can’t really beat that.

After his post-graduate work, Anyan said he hopes to attend law school.

The Presidential Administrative Fellowship was developed 10 years ago by GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg as a way to bind students to the University, Konwerski said. The program began with one fellow and has since increased to 10 members.

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