The Aurora Foundation announced today that its three most recently sponsored student veteran interns in the Washington Scholars program graduated this past Friday. Tomo Takaki, Robert Frese, and Michael Stevco were accepted into this summer’s scholar class and took on internships throughout the D.C. area. Since last summer, the Aurora Foundation and Washington Scholars have proudly partnered together to sponsor five student veterans in the prestigious internship program.
The three veteran scholars began their internships this past June, and have supported various government agencies based on their individual career goals. Tomo Takaki graduated from Tufts University in May 2011 with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Arabic and spent his summer interning for the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. During his time at college, he was simultaneously enrolled in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Army ROTC program, where he commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate ranked in the top 5% of graduating seniors. Takaki is currently serving as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve out of the 203rd Military Intelligence battalion based out of Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. In 2003, Robert Frese enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During his first two years, Frese performed various administrative duties and served as the flag coordinator for the Iwo Jima memorial. Upon his honorable discharge in 2008, Rob began his attendance at the University of Maryland, College Park where he graduated with a double degree in Persian Studies and International Business and is currently working on his Masters in Persian Studies. Robert Frese spent the summer interning at Military Families United. Finally, Michael Stevco proudly served in the U.S. Navy for four years, and then received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Political Science and his Masters from Georgetown University in Policy Management. For the duration of the Washington Scholars program, Stevco served on the staff of Congressman Tom Graves of Georgia. “The partnership between Aurora and Washington Scholars has been instrumental in placing qualified student veterans into some of the most competitive internships in Washington. Doing so provides them the opportunity to network with key executives and senior officials who help them successfully transition into the civilian workforce,” stated Aurora’s Chairman, Tom DeWitt.
The scholars graduated from the program on July 29, 2011 at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington D.C. in front of an audience filled with government and industry leaders, as well as family and friends. Takaki, Frese, and Stevco have each proven themselves to be exceptional student leaders, and the Aurora Foundation is proud to serve these students who have so selflessly served their country.