Scholarships help North Carolina students live, learn and intern in Washington, DC

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North Carolina business leader Louis DeJoy and his wife Aldona Wos are providing over $30,000 in scholarship assistance to enable college students from North Carolina to attend summer academic internship programs organized by The Fund for American Studies and held in Washington, DC. The students will intern with government agencies, media outlets, businesses, and nonprofit organizations while attending classes accredited byGeorge Mason University.

In addition to these scholarships, DeJoy and Wos are also providing nearly $20,000 in scholarships to enable Estonian students to attend these same programs in Washington. Wos served as Ambassador to Estonia from 2004 to 2006. DeJoy is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of New Breed Logistics in High Point/Greensboro.

This year, nine North Carolina students have been selected to benefit from the scholarships – Emily Biehl (UNC Wilmington);Samantha Derr (Guilford College); Jordan Only (Elon University); Elizabeth Stover (Wake Forest); Julie Sullivan (Furman);Shaundricka Ranel (NC Central Law); and Colleen Chung and Courtney Ready , both attending Duke University.

Scholarship recipient Samantha Derr said, "In these difficult financial times, it is very heartening to know that there are generous people out there willing to invest in young people. The opportunity to work and study in our nation's Capital is amazing." A rising senior, Samantha will be interning with the Public Affairs Council, a leading professional organization for public affairs executives.

Over the past eight years, DeJoy and Wos have provided scholarship assistance to more than 50 North Carolina and Estonian students. Roger Ream, president of The Fund for American Studies, said, "These generous scholarships will give students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in our nation's Capital, along with the chance to learn more about the institutions of American government."

The Fund for American Studies is a nonprofit educational organization that hosts academic programs for college students inWashington, DC and in EuropeAsia, and South America. For more information on TFAS programs, visit or For general information about TFAS, visit