2LT Tomoaki Takaki
Fellowship Service: Office of the Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, The Pentagon, Washington, DC
Education: Tufts University
(2011) Major: International Relations (concentration in
Middle East and South Asia) Minor: Arabic
Military Experience: Commissioned as a 2LT in the
U.S. Army Reserve through MIT Army ROTC, and will be serving at Aberdeen Proving Groundat the 203rd MI BN in the near run future.
Washington Scholars Fellowship: Although I haven't formally began the WSFP yet, I've already benefited from the Program by gaining the opportunity to intern at OSD/RA, which I'm hoping will lead to a very fruitful summer in D.C.
Future Plans: After completion of the internship, I will be going BOLC initial officer training for military intelligence at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, and then pursuing graduate school and other opportunities in the future.
Michael J. Stevko (United States Navy)
Washington Scholars Class of 2011
Education: Georgetown University Masters of Policy Management (2009), The University of Pennsylvania (2006), Major: Political Science.
Internships: United States House, Office of Tom Graves of GA (2011-present), World Affairs Council Philadelphia (2009), United States Senate, Office of Arlen Specter of PA (2008),
Military Schools: Yeoman "A" School
Washington Scholars Fellowship: I look forward to my Fellowship with the Washington Scholars Program on playing a vital role in helping me achieve the career I desire, and of course, offering my experiences to others to help guide them to theirs.
Military/Veterans Background: My enlisted military journey began in Illinois at Great Lakes. After "boot camp" I attended Yeoman Class "A" School in Meridian Mississippi. I received choice orders to Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan. After two years, I selected orders to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One Detachment (VQ-1 Det) Misawa, Japan. While in the Navy, I was a personal aide to the Commanding Officer; liaison to all high-level military officers and visiting dignitaries; and Office Manager of the command's administrative department. Lifetime Member of the American Legion.
Awards: National Defense Service Medal, War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, Letter of Commendation, Commander of the US Pacific Fleet
Publications: Stars and Stripes, The Connecticut Post, First Call Magazine
Future Plans: Short term, to obtain a position on the Hill as a staffer; long term, to work in political consulting/government affairs and to further the ideals of Conservatism. Also, Continued service with the Washington Scholars Fellowship Program, Chairman of the Admiral Carey Foundation, all with a view towards aiding and mentoring the participants in the Washington Scholars Fellowship Programs.