Two Students Named Watson Fellows

   Stephanie Kozofsky
    Stephanie Kozofsky

Sophomores Stephanie Kozofsky and Victoria Measles have been awarded 2011 Jeannette K. Watson Fellowships. They were chosen from a pool of New York City undergraduate candidates because they “demonstrate exceptional promise, outstanding leadership skills and commitment to the common good.” These three-year fellowships include paid summer internships, mentoring, and enhanced educational opportunities.

Kozofsky, an English major with minors in Criminal Justice and Spanish, is entirely self-supporting while in college. She works hard as a nanny, as an assistant in a Pace office, and has also worked summers at a tennis club and a restaurant. Last summer she worked as an English language teacher at a camp in Greece. She is an active student leader as president of her dormitory council and secretary of the criminal justice society. She is thinking of a career either as an English teacher, a lawyer, or a US Senator.

Measles, a Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science dual major, recently attended the 2011 United Nations Conference on the Status of Women, participating in the Working Group of the Girls preconference. She is an active student leader and organizes and facilitates weekly “Taboo Talks,” where students are encouraged to share perspectives on gender, sexuality and related topics. While in high school and during the summers, she has worked in a coffee shop in Connecticut to help support herself and her family.

   Victoria Measles
    Victoria Measles

Kozofsky and Measles are about to begin interviewing for summer internships. In the past, Pace Watson Fellows interned at such organizations as the New-York Historical Society, Echoing Green, and Global Kids.

How They Were Chosen
Twelve colleges in all, including Pace, compete annually for fifteen Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship openings; at least one college from each borough is included in the pool of eligible schools. Each college may nominate up to four candidates to the citywide selection panels. Campus Representatives are responsible for spreading the word about the Fellowship and navigating students through the entire process. Only the most determined candidates survive the rigorous application process.

Past Recipients
Previous Pace University recipients are (2000) Ravi Gopaul and Thuyha Pham, (2001) Jennifer Freely, (2002) Steven Dawson and Eriola Pira, (2004) Kit Lee and Cristina DeLuca, (2005) Reggie Thomas, Alphria Alghali, and Lisa Jamhoury, (2006) Regina Genari and Jihye Lee, (2007) Brian Bonci, (2008) Herby Jeanty, (2009) Caroline Craig and Lorendra Pinder, and (2010) Sophia Eilbacher and Ethan Taylor.

About the Watson Fellowships
Established by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation in 1999, the Fellowship operates on the principle that “talent is broadly distributed but only selectively developed.” Watson Fellows have their pick of coveted job placements (“work they can learn from”) over three consecutive summers in non-profit agencies, business organizations, and government service that give them a chance to grow and develop interpersonal skills and gain self-confidence in a variety of professional settings. 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.