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Two Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Students Named 2011 Jeannette K. Watson Fellows

Distinguished program grooms students for professional and personal growth


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 780-4137

Victoria AbolenciaBrooklyn, N.Y. – Two students at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus have won 2011 Jeannette K. Watson Fellowships – a prestigious award that provides paid summer internships, educational opportunities and mentoring to undergraduates at select colleges and universities in New York City who demonstrate exceptional promise, outstanding leadership skills and a commitment to the common good.

Victoria Abolencia, a sophomore majoring in biochemistry, and Don Julien, a second-year journalism major, are both interviewing for their first Watson summer internship. Past Long Island University recipients interned their first summer at such organizations as the New-York Historical Society, Echoing Green and DonorsChoose.

Abolencia hopes to eventually practice naturopathic medicine. She is active in several organizations at the Brooklyn Campus and she serves as an English and writing tutor at the Academic Reinforcement Center and the Writing Center on Campus.

Noticing a lack of support for the gay community on Campus, she helped found the Campus group, Queer Straight Alliance. The New York native speaks English and Tagalog. Abolencia was selected for a QUEST (Quality Undergraduate Expanded Science Training) scholarship and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

Don JulienJulien is a graduate of the New York City Museum School. Steadfast in his desire to become a journalist, he is committed to the issues of modern slavery and education and he carries a deep fascination about all aspects of ancient Egypt. He is a staff writer for the Campus newspaper, Seawanhaka. Like Abolencia, Julien worked with fellow students to found Queer Straight Alliance, where he serves as secretary. He is a Student Activities Board member.

Established by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation in 1999 on the principle that “talent is broadly distributed but only selectively developed,” Watson Fellows have their pick of coveted job placements over three consecutive summers in non-profit groups, business organizations and government agencies. In the third summer, Watson Fellows can apply for an international assignment through partnerships with the Institute of International Education, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Save the Children and many other organizations.

Every Watson Fellow receives a generous stipend as compensation and support for summer employment and continuing Fellowship obligations.

A dozen colleges in the city compete annually for 15 Watson Fellowships. Each school may nominate up to four candidates to send to the citywide selection panels. Only the most determined candidates complete the rigorous application process.

Previous Long Island University Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship recipients are Raynal Jabouin and Cheryl Williams (2000), Joel Mentor (2001), Jana Hasprunarova and Shibinsky Martin (2002) David Ledet, Dynell Pinder, Joanna Sorocki, and Julianna Tabak (2003), Christine Carleton (2004), Andrea Calouri and Mitu Quan (2005), Rony Enriquez and Jonathan Kuhr (2006), Alane Celeste and Alexandra Gratereaux (2007), Blaire Porter (2008), Damala Denny (2009) and Amire Solomon and Tenyse Williams (2010). For more information about the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship or to receive an application packet, contact Cris Gleicher at the Brooklyn Campus, at (718) 488-1658.

Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences...
Established in 1886, the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy became affiliated with Long Island University in 1929. In 1976, the College became a fully integrated unit of the University and was renamed the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. One of the oldest and largest schools of its kind in the country, the College is located on the Brooklyn Campus and boasts an illustrious roster of alumni, including pharmacy professionals who are at the top echelons of their fields, and at the forefront of groundbreaking developments in the pharmaceutical industry. The College educates nearly one quarter of the pharmacists in New York State and many who find careers elsewhere.

Posted 05/10/2011

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