AAFSW Merit Scholarship Winners Recognized at FSYF Youth Awards Ceremony

The recipients of this year’s Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF) awards, as well as winners of the AAFSW Merit Scholarships, were honored at the 2015 Youth Awards Ceremony on July 10 at the State Department’s George C. Marshall Auditorium.

Winners of the FSYF Art Contest, Essay Contest, and KidVid Contest were recognized during the ceremony. The winning artwork was displayed in the lobby and in slides and the winning videos were running in the lobby for all to see. The FSYF Academic Merit Award and Community Service Award winners were honored as well.

Robert and Olivia Hilton (parents of 2015 recipient Meredith Hilton), AAFSW Board member Debbi Miller, 2015 recipient Patrick Odlum, and his parents, Jennifer and Geoff Odlum. (Photo courtesy of Debbi Miller)

Robert and Olivia Hilton (parents of 2015 recipient Meredith Hilton), AAFSW Board member Debbi Miller, 2015 recipient Patrick Odlum, and his parents, Jennifer and Geoff Odlum. (Photo courtesy of Debbi Miller)

The ceremony also recognized AAFSW Merit Scholarship winners Patrick Odlum, Meredith Hilton, Kendall Thompson and Sofia Tipton. Although not all the recipients were able to attend the event, those who did enjoyed a beautifully organized and presented ceremony.

A lovely letter of commendation from Secretary Kerry was read and included in the program booklet. The Director General of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Arnold Chacon, was one of the presenters, though there were official presenters from all of FSYF’s sponsors.

Congratulations to the 2015 recipients!

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