The Colin Powell School's Gilles Seulio is a 2023 PPIA Junior Summer Institute Fellow.
City College of New York political science major Gilles Seulio has been accepted to the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute at the University of Washington for the summer of 2023. PPIA is a not-for-profit organization supporting efforts to increase diversity in graduate studies in public policy and international affairs.
Originally from Cameroon, Seulio is a junior in CCNY’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. He became interested in public service in 2008 while attending high school in Douala, when violent protests broke out following a transit workers’ strike. Police began shooting people. Seulio recalls having to run home from school in a 20-minute terrified sprint. At that moment, he became interested in politics. “I wanted to understand why it happened what could have been done to prevent it,” Seulio said.
The Fellowship is designed to prepare students for a master’s or a joint degree in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field. The fellowship is awarded to juniors majoring in political science. Students study on the campus of one of six participating universities: Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, the University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, and University of Washington.
Seulio will attend the University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, where he and the other participants will learn new skills through a variety of experiences, from academic study to field trips to engagement with community leaders, regional leaders, and elected officials.
The fellowship award provides full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute, some travel expenses, a stipend, university housing, meals, books and related course materials. Individual schools may offer additional assistance, such as GRE preparation. PPIA graduates also receive a minimum one-time $5,000 scholarship if they’re admitted for a Master’s degree at any PPIA graduate school.
In 2022, Seulio received the Colin Powell Fellowship in Leadership and Public Service, as well as the New York Leaders Fellowship awarded by the Moynihan Center that prepares students for a career in public service.
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