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McKendree senior gets fellowship, will get to work at U.S. State Department

McKendree University senior Maximilian Aviles has accepted the prestigious 2017 Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship.
McKendree University senior Maximilian Aviles has accepted the prestigious 2017 Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship.

A McKendree University senior has accepted the 2017 Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship following a thorough application and interview process.

Maximilian Aviles, of San Bernardino, California, was among hundreds of applicants from more than 270 colleges and universities to apply for the fellowship. Ten undergraduate and 20 graduate students were selected for the 2017 fellowship.

Aviles is scheduled to graduate Saturday from McKendree with a major in international relations and a minor in Spanish. After graduation, he plans to attend the University of Sam Diego to pursue a master’s degree in international relations.

He recently received the university’s 2017 Technos Prize for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of international understanding.

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate and Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship offers students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Recipients of the fellowship receive two years of financial support, mentoring and professional development. Fellows also complete a domestic internship at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and an overseas internship at a U.S. embassy.

The 2017 cohort is scheduled to begin their program in June 2017.

Jamie Forsythe: 618-239-2562, @BND_JForsythe

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