This year, 15 fellows were awarded out of 47 finalists nominated in an extremely competitive selection process.
“Aisatou shared a compelling story that stems from her personal experience as a biracial woman growing up across three different continents,” explains Pielah Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Watson Fellowship Committee at MMC. “Her experiences inspired her to work with young people living under hardship, disadvantage, and intense discrimination. Aisatou’s vision is to make real impacts and implications on struggling teens.”
The application process for the Jeanette K. Watson fellowship is quite grueling, requiring a number of personal statements, letters of recommendations, and interviews. “I was able to improve how to present myself and my interview skills through this experience,” shares Ishimori. “I gained confidence after four times of preparing for interviews to face the final interview. I am so excited to explore new places and people in the next three years and meet with other Watson fellows.”