EBEN TISDALE PUBLIC POLICY FELLOWSHIP
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EBEN TISDALE FELLOWSHIP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Thanks for your interest in the Eben Tisdale Fellowship. Here is the information you will need to understand the purpose of the Fellowship, who is eligible and how to apply. The Selection Committee welcomes your interest and participation in our program, which we believe offers outstanding opportunities for students to learn about high-tech public policy issues with hands-on experience in Washington, D.C.
• Who was Eben Tisdale?
• When was the Tisdale Fellowship established?
• Is the Tisdale Fellowship limited to specific universities?
• What is the Eben Tisdale Fellowship?
• Who is eligible for a Tisdale Fellowship?
• What is the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship?
• Who is eligible for the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship?
• What are the criteria for selection?
• How is the Tisdale Fellowship administered?
• What is the Fellowship stipend?
• What is the calendar for the 2016 Fellowship?
• Does the Fellowship arrange for housing?
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Who was Eben Tisdale (1942-1998)?
As General Manager of Government Affairs for Hewlett-Packard Company since 1984, Eben Tisdale was one of the most dedicated and effective public policy advocates in the high-tech industry. Eben consistently brought honor, humor, humanity and humility, as well as a high sense of personal integrity, to every encounter. He did not believe in hierarchy; he believed in people and in their ability to be both civil and compassionate. Eben lived these qualities, reinforced them in others, and made a lasting positive impact on the public policy-making process in Washington.
When was the Tisdale Fellowship Established?
Friends, family and colleagues created the Eben Tisdale Fellowship, after his struggle with cancer ended in October 1998. Throughout his career, Eben made a special effort to bring bright young people to Washington. Through a long-term commitment as a mentor and friend, he helped many achieve outstanding success in government and in the private sector. This fellowship has been endowed to be a living monument to Eben’s legacy of nurturing young people’s interest in high-technology and public policy.
Is the Tisdale Fellowship limited to specific universities?
Tisdale Fellowships are open to undergraduate students from any college and university. Decisions about eligibility, the granting of fellowships, and other operational matters are made exclusively by the The Fund for American Studies and the Fellowship’s selection committee.
What is the Eben Tisdale Fellowship?
The Eben Tisdale Fellowship brings eligible students to Washington, D.C. for internships that explore current public policy issues of critical importance to the high technology sector of the economy. The Fellowship provides students the opportunity to attend the Institute on Business and Government Affairs on a full scholarship. The Fellowship includes an internship placement with the government relations office of a leading high technology company or association. The program also includes two academic courses worth six credits from George Mason University, a mentor program, site briefings, weekly issues seminars, and housing.
Who is eligible for a Tisdale Fellowship?
Undergraduate students with an interest in public policy and the high-tech industry are welcome to apply. A background in computer science or other high technology fields is helpful, but not required. Upperclassmen will be given priority in the selection process.
What is the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship?
The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship was established in 2007 as an opportunity within the Tisdale Fellowship program. It was created in memory of the late Thurmond Woodard, Dell’s former Vice President of Global Diversity and Chief Ethics, Privacy and Compliance Officer. Any student may apply for this fellowship (one student will be selected). The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship grant recipient will participate in the same program as those in the Tisdale Fellowship and will intern with Dell Computers.
Those interested in applying should submit an additional (300-500 word) essay on their “commitment to the ideals of ethics, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration in the public policy arena” via email to Tisdale@TFAS.org. Each year the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship recipient will be chosen by the Tisdale Fellowship selection committee.
For those who apply for this specific Fellowship but are not the selected recipient, they will be considered in the general pool of applicants for the Tisdale Fellowship.
Who is eligible for the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship?
In addition to the eligibility requirements for the Tisdale Fellowship, students applying for the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship should also have an interest/background in issues regarding diversity and ethics.
What are the criteria for selection?
The selection committee will evaluate your application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and essays. The committee will be considering your completed application materials, as well as looking for:
- Examples of a strong interest in a career in high-tech public policy;
- Civic mindedness and participation in community activities or organizations;
- Past academic achievements;
- Strong recommendations from faculty, supervisors, colleagues, or other professionals who can attest to your intellectual and personal qualifications for this Fellowship
How is the Tisdale Fellowship administered?
An Advisory Board of family, friends, and professionals who worked with Eben, many of whom contributed to the fellowship's endowment, oversee the fellowship, its continued funding, the selection process, and its activities in conjunction with The Fund for American Studies.
What is the Fellowship stipend?
The Fellowship fund is administered by The Fund for American Studies in Washington. The Fellowship fund, with the assistance of companies and associations sponsoring internships, as well as support from The Fund for American Studies provides a full scholarship in amount of $7,995 to participate in the Institute on Business and Government Affairs, which includes six academic credits and housing for nine weeks. Fellows are also provided a stipend of $1,000.
What is the calendar for the 2016 Fellowship?
June 4 - July 29, 2016
Does the Fellowship arrange for housing?
Yes, as participants in the Institute on Business and Government Affairs, Fellows will be housed in the Potomac Hall dormitory on George Washington University’s downtown campus.
For more detail on the admissions process, please visit our application page.