UW sophomore Ida McRae was recently selected for the Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Scholarship, a major national scholarship that provides students from underrepresented minority groups with intentionally-designed education and training experiences critical to entry and advancement in international affairs careers. McRae was one of 15 students nationwide selected for the program. The IIPP Scholarship will suit McRae’s aspirations of serving as a US Ambassador.
IIPP is a comprehensive program of summer policy institutes, study abroad, intensive language training, internships, graduate study and student services, including mentoring and career development. Additionally, the program provides students with the education and training needed to enter successfully, advance within, and lead international affairs careers.
IIPP Scholarships are awarded to students based on academic achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to international affairs. In June they will begin their IIPP experience with a summer policy institute held at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. This institute will introduce Fellows to the basics of international policy development, foreign affairs, cultural competence, careers in these fields, and options for graduate study. Over the next six years their IIPP Fellowship will include study abroad during their junior year, intensive foreign language training, internships tied to their areas of interest and graduate study.
Ida McRae, Sophomore, Institute for International Public Policy Scholar
Major: Latin American Studies
Minors: Political Science, African Studies
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Dean’s List, Costco Diversity Scholar, Norman Rice Diversity Scholar
McRae has also been involved with Washington State Jobs for Justice, One World Now, African Student Association, National Society of Black Engineers, Global Leadership in the 21st Century (US State Dept. Sponsored), Office of Minority Affairs Departmental Program to Brazil (spring 2008). She is a graduate of Garfield High School. She aspires to work internationally as a US ambassador.
About the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards
The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards helps UW undergraduates develop the tools and personal insights necessary to match their goals with local and national merit-based scholarship opportunities. National scholarship opportunities include the Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, Rhodes, Truman scholarships and many others. The office is part of the Center for Experiential Learning in Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
About the Institute for International Public Policy Scholarship Program
The Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UNCF Special Programs Corporation to provide students from underrepresented minority groups with the education and training necessary for entering and advancing in international affairs. Now in its 15th year, IIPP has placed more than 300 Fellows in more than 50 countries across the globe to study foreign affairs and global policy. Students may apply for the Fellowship during their sophomore year of undergraduate study.