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Apply by May 21: New $5,000 scholarship for undergrad international studies students

May 7, 2018

Patagonia by Madeline Gunderson
Patagonia, Chile and Argentina. Photo by Madeline Gunderson.

Jackson School undergrads can now further their international policy experience even more, thanks to the establishment of The Donald C. and Margery S. Hellmann Scholar award, an annual gift that will be bestowed on one student each academic year. Read more here about Professor Emeritus and Japan expert Donald Hellmann, who also founded the Donald C. Hellmann Task Force Program at the Jackson School, a capstone, hands-on experience in foreign policymaking for all international studies majors.


The Donald C. and Margery S. Hellmann Scholar award will provide a $ 5,000 stipend to support the education and training of a Jackson School undergraduate major with demonstrated excellence in international studies, clear interest in a career in international affairs, and with a strong and creative commitment to promoting the international public good.

For example, consideration will be given to students who will be interning with diplomatic missions, government offices, companies, or foundations/think tanks dedicated to foreign policy or international issues. The awardee will be designated as the Jackson School’s Donald C. Hellmann Scholar for the duration of the 2018-19 academic year.


Applicants must be current undergraduate majors in the Jackson School (any degree program) who will be seniors in the 2018-19 academic year.


Applicants must submit the following items in hardcopy to the JSIS Office of Academic Services (Thomson 111), or electronically to, by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018.

  • Resume
  • A 2-3 page personal statement, double spaced. This statement should explain:
  1. The applicant’s academic and professional interests, experience, and aspirations or plans (as they relate to foreign policy)
  2. How this scholarship would make a difference in the applicant’s academic and professional development over the course of their senior year
  3. The applicant’s post-graduation goals

Applicants should also arrange for one academic letter of recommendation (written by an instructor) to be sent directly to Wolf Latsch at

The Hellmann Scholarship Committee will evaluate applicants on the strength of their academic record, their personal statement, and on the basis of their letter of recommendation.

Please direct questions to Wolf Latsch, Director of Academic Services, at