Scholarship Recipients

Student Scholarship Recipients 2021

Our merit-based scholarships are awarded twice per year to support and encourage women studying all aspects of International Trade including commercial relations, trade policy and negotiations, economic development, women’s economic empowerment, and more.  We are excited to announce the following recipients for spring 2021.      

CONGRATULATIONS to our two WIIT Trust Spring 2021 Scholarship winners! Madeline de Quillacq and Kelsey Kats have been selected as the WIIT Trust Global Leader Scholars. Their essay submissions on key trade topics (GSP and Health Trade) were great examples of innovative, critical thinking in trade!
Stay tuned for panels featuring Madeline and Kelsey on these topics coming soon. And in the interim, CONGRATULATIONS!
Madeline de Quillacq is a proud French-American with citizenship in the United States, France, and the United Kingdom. She is also a 2021 graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University where she double majored in Economics and International Affairs with a concentration in International Economics. While at GW, she worked as a research assistant for the Institute of International Economic Policy for two years, studied abroad at Sciences Po in Paris for an academic year, and was president of the student org GW Women in Economics. She is especially interested in the ways international trade and development intersect. 

Kelsey Kats is a graduate student at Georgetown University, completing her Master’s joint-degree in International Business and Policy while working full-time for the International Financial Corporation. Kelsey was first exposed to international trade policy at the United States Department of the Treasury, where she served as the Senior Advisor to the Treasurer of the United States and the Assistant Secretary for Management. She is eager to continue tackling challenges in the global trading system and focusing on the importance of trade to promote economic prosperity and improve development outcomes. Kelsey’s background is in investing and business journalism. Before joining the Treasury Department, she was a Producer for CNBC’s “Squawk Box” the network’s flagship morning news program focused on business and politics. She held several roles in investing and financial services at Centerview Partners and Brightstar Capital Partners. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a concentration in Business Management from Columbia University. 

Student Scholarship Recipients 2020

Congratulations to the WIIT Trust Fall 2020 scholarship winners!  We are honored to announce that Megan Rutkai from Johns Hopkins University and Laura Spector from the University of Maryland are our scholarship winners for the Fall 2020 class.  Both ladies contributed impactful and insighful essays - for Laura on AGOA and African develoment and for Megan on national security implications of trade such as SFIUS.  As a new element this year, we will be planning programs around these topics that feature the insights of these amazing new WIIT members.  We look forward to welcoming Megan and Laura to engage in the broader WIIT agenda this year.  

Megan Rutkai is a senior majoring in International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She first became interested in international trade through an internship with the International Trade Administration's Policy Office of Russia,   Ukraine and Eurasia.  Since then she has interned with the U.S. Commercial Service in Baltimore learning about the experiences of U.S. companies seeking to do business abroad.  Megan is excited and honored to join WIIT through this scholarship and she looks forward to learning much more about the field of international trade!

 Laura Spector is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, completing her Master's in Public   Policy with a specialization in International Security and Economic Policy. She has gained experience   in trade and development policy interning at a trade association, at the Office of the U.S. Trade   Representative, and at the Development Finance Corporation.  Laura has taken an interest in U.S.   Africa trade policy and has recently begun her graduate research looking at the future of the African   Growth and Opportunity Act.  

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