Washington Scholars Military Veteran's Program

 Chairmans Message:

     "Happy New Year to all the military veterans who have graduated from the Admiral Carey Foundation military veterans program that is a part of the Washington Scholars Fellowship Programs.  As well as to all our donors and supporters and followers and advocates.  This program was a HUGE SUCCESS for us last year, and we expect it to continue on to further success and achievement and accomplishment this year.  We're already off to a GREAT START with LCDR Mark Cummings, U. S. Navy [Ret.] having just started a Washington Scholars Fellowship on the staff of U. S. Senator John Ensign of Nevada.  Further details on LCDR Cummings below in the newsletter.  Also, I'm meeting with officials of the U. S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs this month to make arrangements for our MilVets program to get military veteran candidates for our Washington Scholars Programs direct from the DVA HQ.  This should give us a growing list of MilVets from Afghanistan and Iraq, including wounded warriors that can fit into our programs.  So we're off to a great start in 2011, with some GREAT opportunities for the men and women that have served our nation in the U. S. Armed Forces.  This should be another great year for us.
With all good wishes,
Rear Admiral [Ret.] Jim Carey, Chairman
Admiral Carey Foundation MilVets Project
Washington Scholars Fellowship Programs

         Editors Message:

Kevin Powell 

This quarters Washington Scholars Military Veteran's Newsletter is, as always, intended to spotlight our veteran fellows, past and present and keep you informed of their careers and accomplishments.  This program has provided me and many others with all the right tools to gain access to a career in national public policy and/or national security.  With the prestigious history of this fellowship program, its supporters in the top levels of our nation's government, and with the tremendous efforts of Admiral Carey and several others we seem to be unable to attract the number of military veteran applicants to this program that we would like to see.  We would like for you to spread the word about this program to anyone you think may be interested and qualified to take this on.  Please contact me with a any potential applicants information and I will gladly get in touch with them and begin a dialogue to see if they are right for this program and if the program is right for them.  After having experienced this program myself last summer I cannot believe that anyone would not jump at the chance to get into it.  Hopefully the list of past veteran Scholars at the end of this newsletter will speak for itself and entice others to apply and/or support this program. 

It is with great pride that we introduce our latest Washington Scholars Military Veteran LCDR Mark Cummings USN (Ret.).  Mark is currently interning on the Hill for Senator John Ensign and aspires to use his vast Naval experience and knowledge to assist Congress on matters pertaining to his area of expertise.  Marks funding during this program is being provided by the Admiral James J. Carey Foundation as well as the Aurora Foundation.  Mark came to the program looking to enter the world of Congressional staff and that is exactly where the program has placed him.  I am anxious to find out what I will be telling you about Mark Cummings in the next newsletter as I am sure he will do great things on the Hill and for the program.  Thank you for your support of this program and more importantly for your support of our great nations military veterans, which could not be as great as it is without their service and sacrifice. 

Kevin Powell





LCDR Mark Cummings US Navy (Ret.)

     Mark Cummings recently retired after more than 25 years in the Navy.  Mark rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E-7) in the Submarine Nuclear Power Program before he was commission as a Cryptologic officer, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. During Mark's time in the military he served on a variety of submarines, spent some time with the Marines on the USS Bonhomme Richard (an amphibious ship) and even served as a White House Social Aide for President George W. Bush.  Mark has completed two Masters Degrees and is working on his PhD in Political Science at American University, with an emphasis on American Government and American Foreign Policy: Mark likes to say he's all American. 

Mark has been assigned to work as the Deputy to Military Liaison (MLA) with Senator Ensign (R-NV) from Nevada. Mark is hoping to follow his fellowship by working on Capitol Hill would be excited to work for Senator Blunt (R-MO) or Congressman Billy Long from Mark's home district in Missouri.  He is also interested in working with either Intelligence Committee or the Armed Services Committee. Mark's experience in the Navy would be a benefit to either.  



The Admiral James J. Carey Foundation


Aurora Founation
The Aurora Foundation


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Washington Scholars Military Veterans Website


Washington Sholars Fellowship Program