Students & Alumni

Sean Honesty (’23) awarded the inaugural IWP Alumni Scholarship

Sean HonestyIn fall 2020, a group of alumni came together to establish the first IWP Alumni Scholarship. In a matter of weeks, the alumni exceeded the initial goal of $5,000, and they ultimately raised $12,141.66 for the scholarship. The first recipient of this scholarship will be Sean Honesty, who will join the Master of Arts in Statecraft and National Security Affairs program this fall.

An Eagle Scout and avid writer, Sean hails from the Chicago area. He speaks Japanese and Spanish, and he can read Latin. He originally enrolled at Ohio State University planning to be a biochemistry major. When one of his peers talked him into taking a foreign policy class, he said, “I fell in love with it. I took as many foreign policy classes as I could, whether it be in global governance, strategies of war, or anything in the international or foreign policy field.”

He graduated in May 2020 and joined the internship program at IWP in the fall of 2020. He said, “The mission of IWP in honing in on all of the arts of statecraft spoke to me. I had an absolute blast with my cohort, my supervisor Mason Taylor, and working with Gloria Shunda and Dr. John Lenczowski. The internship solidified my passion for everything foreign affairs-related.”

A few weeks after the internship, Sean applied to IWP. He is looking forward to studying everything related to strategic influence and geopolitics, and he is particularly interested in taking The Art of Diplomacy course.

Sean’s goals include gaining a wide breadth of knowledge through his IWP studies and eventually working for the State Department or the Department of Defense on the creation or execution of foreign policy.

To our alumni who donated to this scholarship, Sean said, “Thank you for your support! This scholarship you have graciously funded will undoubtedly help me pursue a degree that will not only propel me into the realm of foreign policy but also mold me into a better global citizen to address the most pressing national security concerns as your future colleague in the field. For that, I am deeply grateful to each one of you and hope to pay it forward to those who come after me at IWP.”

IWP has already received several gifts for the 2022 Alumni Scholarship, and alumni may give gifts to this fund throughout the year. These gifts will have a direct impact on an incoming student in 2022.

Thank you to all who have given for the Alumni Scholarship!

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