Through the generosity of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, NYU Washington, DC is able to provide a minimum of two students each semester with a $2,000 stipend. This merit-based award considers student achievement as well as financial hardship. Students will be evaluated based on short answer responses, academic standing, and their internship and volunteer experiences. Finalists will be invited to be interviewed by a designee of Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation. Once selected, in addition to funding, students will have special mentor opportunities and may be presented with unique experiences, attending special programs and high-profile events in Washington, DC.
Lucas Davidenco is a sophomore from NYU Abu Dhabi pursuing a major in Social Research and Public Policy and a minor in Arabic. He was raised in Argentina and Spain, and he has lived in Germany as well. This term in Washington has been his first NYU semester outside of Abu Dhabi, and he will spend next fall in New York City.
On campus in Abu Dhabi, Lucas has been a student leader in initiatives around LGBTQ+ activism, mental health promotion, and peer dialogue. At NYU DC, he has co-founded the peer-to-peer language teaching group LangLab, where he teaches Spanish and Arabic.
This semester, he is also interning in journalism/TV production at ntn24, a Latin American network. Over summer, he expects to complete an internship at Human Rights Watch’s New York quarters.
In his free time, Lucas likes to teach himself new languages, explore cities by foot, watch movies, and keep up with Latin American and European politics.
Jiaqiao (Frank) Xiang is a junior studying Business and Data Science at New York University Shanghai. He has studied away in NYU Abu Dhabi and is now studying at NYU DC‘s Global Leadership program. While in DC, he interns at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum, and works on creating multi-stakeholder dialogues that identify areas for US-China collaboration on energy and environmental issues.
Born in Anhui, Frank received various scholarships to study at Semester at Sea which brought him to travel to 11 countries on four continents, as well as a full scholarship at Tel Aviv University’s summer program and Duke Kunshan University’s Global Learning Semester. Frank’s interest lies in the intersection of business, technology, and environmental policy. He hopes to attend graduate school and pursues a career in his areas of interests.
The mission of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation is to help educate young people, to inspire them to believe in their power to make a difference as individuals, and to motivate them to reach their greatest potential as citizens and productive members of society. The foundation strives to make a difference in its creative approach to philanthropy. In addition to offering grants and awards, it believes in direct action and creating powerful incentives that will stir young people to strive for excellence.
*PLEASE NOTE: Final approval of this Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship award is contingent upon your ability to be engaged in the internship in accordance with applicable law. However, NYU's award under this program should not be considered legal or tax advice to you or an opinion on behalf of NYU.
Valia Mitsakis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She is currently a senior at New York University double majoring in Politics and Media Culture and Communication. During the past 3 years, she has completed internships in various sectors, including corporate social responsibility, radio, law, non-profit/UN, and politics. This semester, she is a legislative intern at the Office of Senator Schumer. In her free time she loves reading the news, drinking coffee, and watching re-runs of the West Wing.
Tuba Shah is a member of the class of 2020 at New York University Shanghai. Tuba is majoring in Economics with a minor in Chinese Language and Business. This semester in D.C is her first study away semester and she will be studying away at NYU New York during Spring 2019. While in DC, Tuba is interning at The Stern Group as a Fall Research intern.
Outside of school, Tuba is deeply passionate about politics. In the future, she plans to pursue politics as a profession and tackle major issues such as illiteracy, gender discrimination and economic problems in Pakistan. In free time, Tuba enjoys watching cricket and tennis and going out to eat as much Pakistani food as possible.
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Claire is a senior at NYU Shanghai pursuing a major in political science and a minor in art history. While in D.C., she interned with Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney’s office (NY-12) and worked on a multitude of campaigns and bills: gun control, women’s rights, human trafficking, health care, animal protection, among others. Her favorite place in DC is National Gallery of Art, and she enjoys jogging in the area of Tidal Basin.
Born in Shanghai, Claire has grown up in Shanghai, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, Israel, and New York. Her interest lies at the intersection of criminology/criminal justice and race and gender. In the future, she hopes to attend law school to obtain her J.D. and J.S.D. and explore comparative juvenile justice systems in the U.S. and China, eventually to initiate changes and reforms in China’s criminal justice institutions.
Jared Rosamilia is an economics major in the College of Arts and Science's class of 2020. While studying at NYU DC, Jared interned for the Department of Justices' Environmental Enforcement Section, supporting one of the department's largest litigating components and learning about federal environmental law. Jared is a passionate pianist and loves to frequent jazz shows when on the New York Campus. In the future, he hopes to attend graduate school and become involved with sustainable development at the crossroads of economics and the environment.
Saurya Risal is a senior at NYU Shanghai pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in Business. Originally from Nepal, Saurya has lived in India, China, Spain, UAE and the United States. She is a Fall 2017 Global Leadership Scholar student at NYU DC.
Saurya's interests include social entrepreneurship, women empowerment and international relations. Whilst in DC, Saurya interned with the Development Economics Department at World Bank Group. Upon graduation, she plans on pursuing a career in management consulting in New York City. Her hobbies include photography, travel and soccer.
Helen You is currently a sophomore at NYU Liberal Studies and is planning on transitioning into the College of Arts and Science to pursue a BA in International Relations with a minor in Philosophy. Her interest in foreign affairs and humanitarian issues was fostered during her first year away in Florence, Italy where she spent the year studying geopolitics in the context of the refugee crisis and climate change. After graduation, Helen plans on joining the Peace Corps to assist in youth development and education in underprivileged countries. She hopes to attend law school to obtain her J.D. and L.L.M. to work on foreign affairs at the State Department as a diplomat to address U.S. relations in Europe.
James Bromley is a 3rd year student at NYU Shanghai, and a native of Liverpool, United Kingdom. At NYU Shanghai, James is pursuing a major in Social Science with a concentration in Political Economy. He is a Spring 2017 Global Leadership Scholar at NYU DC.
James’ academic areas of interest are distributive justice and corruption. He plans on applying for graduate school in China and subsequently devoting his efforts to the global fight against poverty. Whilst in DC, James has an internship working in anti-corruption practises with the Integrity Vice Presidency office at World Bank Group. His hobbies include learning Chinese, watching soccer and playing bass guitar in a jazz band.
Nofar Hamrany is a junior at NYU Shanghai in the Global Leadership Scholars Program, studying Economics and Mathematics. Her interests include sustainable development economics, Chinese philosophy and international relations. With a strong foundation in these subjects, she hopes to pursue a PhD in economics and work on developing economies in the Middle East. While in DC, Nofar interned at the Hudson Institute, contributing to research regarding defense and energy strategies.
Kayla Smalls is a member of the Class of 2018 at New York University studying Media, Culture and Communication with a minor in Social and Cultural Analysis. She loves to travel and learn about other cultures, and has enjoyed taking advantage of all the study away programs NYU has to offer. In addition to spending a semester in DC, she spent 3 weeks in Accra, Ghana studying education and diversity and will be spending J-term in London studying media activism.
While in DC Kayla interned at the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, and will spend next semester interning at the Rachel Maddow Show. She is passionate about social justice, politics, and the media, and hopes to work in politics next summer. After graduation she wants to work on political campaigns for 2018 (and possibly 2020) before pursuing a Master's degree.
Loren Williams is a member of the class of 2018 at New York University. She is currently a part of the Liberal Studies Program but will be transferring into the Silver School of Social Work in the fall of 2016. Her semester in D.C. marks the second time she's studied away, having spent her first year at NYU’s London academic site.
Outside of school, she loves to travel and is passionate about equity in education and human rights. Her hobbies include baking and watching movies. While in DC, Loren interned at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Postsecondary Education and pursued various opportunities to engage with the area through community service and volunteer work.
Alexander Smith is a College of Arts and Sciences student studying politics, history and communications. In high school, Alexander was actively involved with speech, debate, We the People and student government. He also completed over five hundred hours of community service work with the Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Kansas City. Collectively, these activities sparked his interests in public service, international law, bow ties and education reform.
At NYU, Alexander has stayed involved and continued his passion for service. As a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar and Global Leadership Scholar, his passions in college have been displayed through a myriad of academic and professional opportunities. Alexander has served as Class President for the College of Arts and Sciences, interned with Generation Citizen and was a 2015 executive intern for the Kansas City Mayor's Office. He has also served as a mentor for the Academic Achievement Program, is involved in residence life, and will be serving as History Society President this fall.
This term, Alexander served as a White House intern and enjoyed being apart of President Obama's last year in office. After graduating, Alexander hopes to join the Foreign Service, run for public office and coauthor a children's book with his twin sister.
Victoria is a student on a full scholarship at New York University Abu Dhabi. She is majoring in Social Research and Public Policy with concentrations in Arabic Language. She has taken classes and interned in Russia, Cyprus, the United States, the U.A.E., Jordan, Nepal, Australia, Spain and Argentina. Victoria is the finalist of the Future Leaders Exchange Program funded by the Department of State, where she represented Russia as an exchange student at an American high school. As an active volunteer and youth leader, she received a certificate of Outstanding Volunteer Service from the Department of State. She previously interned with the Volgograd Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Russia, conducting research on local and international businesses. She is the cofounder of CollegePeek, a nonprofit online consulting platform for students planning to pursue higher education.
Victoria is fluent in Russian and English with advanced knowledge of Arabic and a limited working proficiency in Spanish. In 2015, Victoria lived with an Emirati host family as part of a language immersion program, where she learned the local dialect and showcased her language skills at a local television show.
Currently, Victoria is the Vice President of New York University Hall Congress in Washington, D.C. This semester she worked at the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council as a Public and International Affairs intern, contributing to the writing of the “How to do Business in the U.A.E.” report.
She looks forward to pursuing a career in public affairs and communications in the U.A.E. upon graduation in May 2017.
Abigail Van Buren is a member of the class of 2017 in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Politics on the American Political Practice and Leadership track. She began her interest in Politics growing up abroad as a part of a U.S. Foreign Service family. Her love of service grew when she moved to Falls Church, Virginia and began a tutoring and mentoring partnership with an elementary school in Washington, D.C. Abigail resumed her international focus by studying abroad her freshman year with NYU in Florence, Italy, where she worked with La Pietra Dialogues as a Research Assistant. On her return to NYU’s New York Campus, Abigail built professional experiences as an Immigration and Foreign Affairs intern for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, as a Foreign Affairs intern at the Council on Foreign Relations, and as a bilingual intern at S.W. Law Group, a business immigration law firm. As a Politics major, Abigail found herself drawn to spend the fall 2015 semester at NYU’s Washington, D.C. campus. She currently interns at the Public International Law & Policy Group, with a focus on increasing civil society engagement in peace processes. After she graduates from NYU, she hopes to pursue a career in U.S. politics, immigration, and/or international affairs
Ryan Thomas is a member of the class of 2017 in the College of Arts and Science studying Politics and Public Policy, with a minor in Media, Culture, and Communication. On the square and across the global network, Ryan is involved with student government, serving as an Alternate Senator at-Large on the Students Senators Council (SSC), as the Chairperson of the SSC Conference Funding Committee, and as the Global Site Ambassador for NYU Washington, DC.
Outside of his roles in student government, he also serves as the Communications Director for Project College, a nonprofit that mentors New York City high school students on the college financial aid process, and has worked in the offices of the New York City Council, Manhattan Borough President, and Manhattan District Attorney. Ryan interned at the White House in Spring 2015, and on Capitol Hill the following summer.
Mackenzie Russell is a member of the class of 2016 at New York University's College of Arts and Sciences, where she studies Economics and Politics with a focus in American Political Practice and Leadership. Her semester in D.C. marks the second time she's studied away, having moved to NYU's campus in Florence, Italy the first semester of her sophomore year in order to complete a curriculum in Liberal Arts. While studying at NYU's New York Campus, Mackenzie has supported her scholastic habit through working as a student fundraiser and Starbucks barista, and in her free time has served as a fellow at Generation Citizen, where she taught a bi-weekly class on action civics to a group of high school seniors in Brooklyn. A dedicated member of the Democratic Party, Ms. Russell has spent her time in D.C. as an intern for the Political Department of the Democratic National Committee, serving as an aid to the Regional Directors. As a first generation college student, Ms. Russell is determined to work to ensure everyone is afforded the opportunities she was, and looks forward to entering the workforce as a political operative in May of 2016.
Sarah Cox was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Jenks Public Schools from pre-school through her high school graduation, and she was one of the salutatorians of her class. She was also an avid soccer player and was elected captain by her teammates on both her club and high school soccer teams. Sarah came to NYU undeclared, but she soon found a passion for politics and journalism and decided to double major in NYU's College of Arts and Science. Sarah played on NYU's varsity soccer team her freshman year but, as a sophomore, has decided to focus on internships and furthering her career goals. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, watching sports, keeping up with current events, and dedicating her time to working with children and dogs at animal shelters.
Sarah is very excited to be studying in Washington DC this semester. She is interning at a political media consultant firm, Devine Mulvey Longabaugh, and is enjoying the opportunity to see political campaigns built from the ground up. After graduation, Sarah hopes to find a job working on political campaigns before returning to school to get a Master's Degree.
Ankita Banerjea is a member of the class of 2017 at New York University, majoring in Economics and International Relations. With a strong foundation in these subjects, she hopes to be involved in foreign policy later in her career. She loves to travel and is passionate about photography and music. While in DC, Ankita interned in the office of White House and Congressional relations at the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship is designed to attract, encourage and train a new generation of leaders in public service. Each year, the program exposes a highly selective group of graduate and undergraduate students from throughout New York University to the cross-disciplinary skills, experiences and networking opportunities needed to advance and support their efforts to realize sustainable and scalable pattern-breaking solutions to society's most intractable problems.
The program also brings the field of social entrepreneurship to the greater NYU community. All interested NYU students can take advantage of many of the program's resources, including access to influential leaders in the field, exposure to cutting-edge research and scholarship on social entrepreneurship, access to new classes, and the opportunity to participate in skill building activities and training. NYU is truly a private university in the public service, and the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program is an important university-wide element of that concept.
Catherine B. Reynolds brings to the world of philanthropy the same energy and entrepreneurial spirit that ensured her success in the realm of commerce. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, she started her business career as a CPA at the accounting firm of Arthur Young, and then became the Assistant to the Board Chairman of The Charter Company, in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. As the leader of two businesses, Mrs. Reynolds went on to create a new and affordable way for Americans to finance a college education. A bold, innovative thinker, she developed a privately-funded supplement to government student loan programs. Through her vision and perseverance, hundreds of thousands of Americans have been able to attend the college of their choice.
In only one decade, this creative approach to private educational financing revolutionized student lending and spawned a multibillion-dollar industry.
Mrs. Reynolds now devotes her time and abilities primarily to philanthropic pursuits. The mission of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation is profound in its implications, yet simply stated: to help educate young people, to inspire them to believe in their power to make a difference as individuals, and to motivate them to reach their greatest potential as citizens and productive members of society.
Mrs. Reynolds was selected by Businessweek magazine as one of the 50 most philanthropic living Americans and is the first self-made woman ever to make their list. She is a current or former Trustee of New York University, Vanderbilt University, Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art, Dance Theater of Harlem, D.C. College Access Program, National Geographic International Advisory Council, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and the American Academy of Achievement. She also funds the MIT YouPitch Entrepreneurship Competition. Mrs. Reynolds served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education during the administration of President George W. Bush. She was recently appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe as a member of Virginia’s State Board for Community Colleges.
Mrs. Reynolds has received honorary degrees from Georgetown University, Morehouse College and Willamette University, as well as New York University’s Gold Medal. She is also the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, bestowed annually on America’s most outstanding business leaders by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the National Italian-American Foundation's Achievement Award in Education and Cultural Affairs. Mrs. Reynolds was selected as 2011 Washingtonian of the Year, honoring “local heroes whose good works and generous spirits make Washington a great place to live and work.”