The Aurora Foundation announced today that its first recipient of the Aurora Foundation Chair scholarship, Kevin Powell, graduated from the Washington Scholars Fellowship Program. Founded by RADM James Carey, who is also an Aurora Foundation Board member, the program offers politically-minded students the opportunity to spend a semester in Washington D.C interning for various government agencies and media outlets.
On July 30, 2010, Kevin Powell secured his position not only as the first ever recipient of the Aurora Foundation Chair scholarship, but as the very first student sponsored by the Aurora Foundation to graduate from the Washington Scholars Fellowship Program. After spending a semester interning for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Reserve Affairs / Materiel & Facilities, Powell celebrated with 29 other graduates at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington D.C. When asked about his experience in the program Powell stated, “We are not simply given the networks, we are presented with amazing opportunities to meet and network with senior level people here in D.C…I have also been able to be a part of a push for more military applicants to the Washington Scholars Program and this is probably my favorite part.” This “push” refers to a new partnership between the Aurora Foundation and the Washington Scholars Fellowship Program aimed at helping veterans who return to college successfully graduate and enter the workforce.
Powell was joined for his graduation ceremony by his family, CAPT Matt DuBois, COL Stuart Taylor, and Aurora Foundation representatives Beth Miller-Herholtz, Director of Communications, and Suzanne Jackson, staff liaison to the Board. In his final statements Powell noted, “I would like to believe that my story is solid proof that this program changes lives.”