The two-year Edward Weintal Foreign Service Scholarships are awarded to incoming MSFS students based on overall merit and strength of their application.
the class of 2019 weintal scholar
The Weintal Scholar for the academic years 2017-2019 is Valentina Fuentes, a journalism graduate of PontificiaUniversidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile. She was at university during the 2011 student movement and student activist. For the past 3 years she has been a reporter first at Diario Financiero and at El Mercurio, where she has been their permanent correspondent at the National Congress. Other reporting experience includes a presidential trip to Peru and Mexico for the Iberian-American Summit and the Climate Change Summit as well as a reporter to the 70th session of the UNGA.
Her application further states "In the future, I want to continue my role as a journalist with great passion, but overall I want to take care of what is relatively weak in the Chilean mass media coverage: global news....I plan to work in the international section of a media outlet, hoping to influence the editorial line and assign higher priority to international news. I seek to be an opinion leader who can deeply analyze global events and offer coherent explanations about why news events happen."
THE CLASS OF 2018 WEINTAL SCHOLAR
Simegnish Mengesha (Lily) is a seasoned Ethiopian journalist, media consultant and translator, who served as a director of the Ethiopian Environment Journalists Association. An outspoken advocate for freedom of expression, she worked extensively with foreign news outlets including Wall Street Journal and Voice of America, working with international media to highlight stories the Ethiopian government would rather leave uncovered. In 2005 she began her career working with the Sub-Saharan Informer Newspaper and covered the political unrest following Ethiopia’s national election that year. In 2012 She assisted U.S. photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair and the United Nations Population Fund to produce the award-winning documentary ‘Too Young to Wed’. Simegnish is currently finishing a one-year fellowship with the National Endowment for Democracy where she has been researching the impact of Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law on the country’s media landscape. During her fellowship she had a number of incredible experiences from being quoted extensively in New York Times article to interviewing President Barack Obama for an hour on International Press Freedom Day last year. Simegnish holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Addis Ababa University and recently published an article titled ‘Silencing Dissent’ on the Journal of Democracy.
The Class of 2017 Weintal Scholar
Teresa Eder is a first year MSFS student at Georgetown with a concentration in Global Politics and Security. Previously she worked as the deputy head of the foreign desk for the Austrian daily newspaper DER STANDARD. She holds a Masters degree in political science from the University of Vienna as well as a journalism-degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. She also spent half a year studying at the University of Chicago.
At Georgetown University Teresa Eder mainly wants to focus on security politics in the Middle East, the Transatlantic Relationship and religious/cultural conflicts. She hopes to further specialize as a foreign affairs journalist and also intends to get experience in international organizations or think tanks.