TU Student Wins Foreign Affairs Fellowship Awarded by Woodrow Wilson Foundation

Wednesday, June 06, 2001

Published on 6/6/01

Tina Tran, a junior at The University of Tulsa who wants people in Third World countries to have the same kinds of opportunities that she and her Vietnamese parents found in the United States, has won one of 10 foreign affairs fellowships awarded nationally by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Tran, a Broken Arrow resident who will start the coming school year as president of the TU Student Association, has won the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.

Tina Tran, a junior at The University of Tulsa who has won a foreign affairs fellowship awarded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, gets ready for a morning practice on the Arkansas River as a member of the TU women’s rowing team.

The fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State, will pay for her college costs in her junior and senior years and her first year of graduate school. Participating schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study. The fellowship requires her to work for the U.S. Foreign Service for four and a half years.

“My goal is to work on sustainable development projects,” says Tran, who is majoring in economics and environmental policy. As a member of TU’s TURC (Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge), she has conducted research on loan programs, looking at the pros and cons of U.S. economic aid and of direct loans from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

She says her parents, refugees from Vietnam, “instilled in me the value of working hard and appreciating the opportunities in the United States. I would like to see people in other countries get those same opportunities -- as simple as being able to go to school.”

After she graduated from Broken Arrow High School in 1998, she spent eight months in a U.S. consulate in Vietnam helping American trade and educational delegations travel to that country. Tran speaks English and Vietnamese and is learning French.

During her fellowship, Tran will attend a seven-week summer institute and complete two paid summer internships with the U.S. Department of State, one in the United States and one overseas.

At TU she is a member of the women’s rowing team and the Oklahoma College Republicans.