Michigan State University students named finalists for national scholarship, research post

February 20, 2019 - By: Stephanie Cepak

Three Michigan State University undergraduate students are finalists in national competitions – one is a research program focused on international affairs and the other is a scholarship for students looking to work in the public sector.  

Each year, the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 12-14 graduating seniors to serve as research assistants. They are matched with senior fellows – academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world – to work on a variety of international affairs issues. msu gaither finalists

The Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes students with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to affecting change through public service by providing them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students.

MSU’s Gaither finalists are: Sumaya Malas, an Honors College senior majoring in comparative cultures and politics and international relations in James Madison College along with Arabic in the College of Arts & Letters; and Edvard (Ellie) Tingstad, an Honors College senior majoring in economics in the College of Social Science, as well as Chinese and German in the College of Arts & Letters.

“I am humbled and honored to be a James C. Gaither Jr. Fellows finalist,” Malas said. “It would be a privilege to be in the company of such amazing scholars at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and to begin my journey as a scholar, advocate, and activist for peace around the world.”

Tingstad said, “After following the work of senior fellows at the Carnegie Endowment for some time, I could not feel more honored to be selected for this interview.”

Tingstad and Malas will interview for the Gaither Junior Fellows Program on February 25 and 26, respectively.msu truman finalist

MSU’s Truman finalist is Jonathan Walkotten, an Honors College junior majoring in social relations and policy in James Madison College and women’s and gender studies in the College of Arts & Letters.

“I am incredibly honored to be selected as finalist for the Truman Scholarship, especially when I think about the caliber of student leaders at MSU and nationally that have been nominated,” Walkotten said.

Walkotten will interview for the Truman Scholarship on March 11.

The National/International Fellowships & Scholarships (NIFS) Office, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes.