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Pomona College Sophomore Awarded Public Policy Fellowship

Naohito Miura, Pomona College Class of 2011, is one of only 15 sophomores across the country awarded the Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellowship. IIPP, a program of the United Negro College Fund, seeks to enhance U.S. security and competitiveness by preparing a cadre of well-trained, language proficient minority young people.

Miura will begin his experience with a seven-week Sophomore Summer Policy Institute at Spelman College in Atlanta, which introduces Fellows to the basics of international policy development, foreign affairs and cultural competence. Over the next six years, the Fellowship will support study abroad, intensive foreign language training, a Junior Summer Policy Institute, internships and up to $15,000 in matching funds for graduate study in a professional school of international affairs.

A double major in international relations and economics, Miura hopes to pursue an international career that involves worldwide travel and the opportunity to use his ability to speak Japanese, English, and Spanish. He has already traveled to Brazil, South Korea, Spain, Panama, Peru, and Canada, and in fall 2009 will study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Miura is originally from Japan and is now a resident of Honolulu, HI.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, is known for small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research. In 2009, it was named to the “Best Value” college lists of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine and Princeton Review.