Abigail Olvera, a University of Richmond senior from El Paso, Texas, has won one of 20 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships, which provide up to $40,000 for senior year expenses and up to $40,000 for expenses for one year of graduate school.

The highly competitive fellowship is administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation for the Department of State to develop a source of well-prepared men and women who will pursue careers representing the United States’ interests abroad.

Pickering fellows participate in one domestic and one overseas internship and commit to working three years as a foreign service officer.

Olvera is majoring in international studies. She interned with the Women in International Trade Charitable Trust in Washington, D.C. In the fall, she will study abroad in Switzerland, conducting research on global health and development at the School of International Training. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership society and is a Dean's List student.

The fellowship is named for Thomas R. Pickering, who held the rank of career ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India and the Russian Federation, finishing his career as undersecretary of state for political affairs. 

Related Campus Units

International Studies