Ford School student Adam Schmidt named 2010 Rosenthal Fellow

April 16, 2010
The Harold Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations and its partner, APSIA, announced the selection of thirteen fellows for 2010, including Adam Schmidt, a first-year MPP student at the Ford School. Adam is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has been an information systems officer in the army reserve, deputy director of the Executive Services Division of the army in Heidelberg, Germany, and a platoon leader in Germany and in Iraq. Adam is also this year's Rosenthal Rotary Fellow, serving in the Europe office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

The Fellowship, established in memory of Harold Rosenthal, a victim of international terrorism, is run in association with APSIA with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, U.S. Department of State, the European Union, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Foundation, and individual donors. Fellows are current graduate students, selected from APSIA member schools in international relations and are both U.S. and foreign nationals.

There have been 141 fellows since the inception of the program in 1977. The European Union, a strategic supporter of the Fellowship, nominates one Rosenthal Fellow for this year's European Visitor Program Fellowship.

In a joint statement, APSIA director Leigh Morris Sloane and Fellowship Chair Rick Gilmore said, "the program's success depends on our sponsors from Congress and Executive Branch agencies, the caliber of our fellows, APSIA member school support, and the generous and loyal contributions of our donors. The Fellowship is living proof that terrorism cannot overwhelm the human spirit. We're a program whose purpose is to provide exceptional students with unique government experience. They are our future leaders in the advance of peace."