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NMSU student selected as finalist for Woodrow Wilson fellowship

New Mexico State University communications studies senior Melissa Martinez has been named a finalist for the highly-competitive Woodrow Wilson Foreign Affairs Fellowship.

One of only 20 finalists from across the nation, Martinez flew to Washington, D.C., May 4 to complete final interviews. Six to ten winners will be announced in June.

The Wilson Foundation pays all expenses for the selected students to attend the graduate school of their choice. Upon graduation, they must enter into the United States foreign service.

Martinez, who is pursuing a supplementary major in Latin American Studies and a minor in Spanish, was the only applicant from New Mexico.

If selected, Martinez said she would like to work as either a cultural affairs officer or an information officer for the United States Information Agency.

Under the Ronald E. McNair Program, Martinez compiled a research project on border issues. It was this project that "strengthened my application and was partially why I was selected as a finalist for the Wilson fellowship," Martinez said.
Joy Victory
May 11, 1999