Following a competitive nationwide contest, Beckley native Jerrica "Ashley" Fox has been awarded a 2019 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

“We are truly thrilled and excited that Ashley will be joining the Pickering Fellowship Program," said Lily Lopez-Mcgee Ph.D., director of the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program. "She demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership and commitment to service during her time at West Virginia University.

"These experiences bode well for her success through graduate school and in the Foreign Service as well. I look forward to seeing all that she will accomplish in her career.”

Fox currently lives in Washington, D.C. where she works as a digital media coordinator at the Brookings Institution and serves on the associate board of City Kids Wilderness Project. Prior to Brookings, she served as press assistant to U.S. Sen. John D. “Jay” Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., and communications and digital content coordinator at the Center for International Private Enterprise.

Fox graduated from West Virginia University in 2013 with two bachelor’s degrees in political science and international studies, with minors in English and philosophy. During her time at WVU, she interned at the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam and the West Virginia House of Delegates and represented WVU as a delegate to The European International Model United Nations (TEIMUN) Conference in The Hague.

Fox hopes to attend a public policy program in Fall 2019, with an emphasis in technology policy.

The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship will support Ashley through a two-year graduate program to receive a master’s degree in an area relevant to the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. It will also provide extensive professional development opportunities, including internships, mentors, and skills training. As part of the Pickering Program, Fox will have an internship based in Washington, D.C. working with the U.S. Department of State in summer 2020.

In the summer of 2021, the U.S. Department of State will send her overseas to work and to gain hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. Upon graduation, Ashley will become a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, embarking on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers of service to her country. She will work to promote peace and prosperity around the world.

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