Women of Achievement

The Washington Scholars Women’s Fellowship Programs were first started in 2006 when the Admiral Carey Foundation provided the initial funding to begin the program, strongly supported and funded personally by Mr. Brian McManus, current Chairman of the Board of the Future Leaders for America Foundation. The President of the first Women’s Class in Washington Scholars was Ms. Rebecca Soll. Since its formation, the Admiral Carey Foundation has continued its regular support for these specific women’s programs within the Washington Scholars, and the below “Women of Achievement” Listing is proof positive of the solid progress and documented success of this program in support of America’s best and brightest young women with the potential to become America’s future leaders:

Washington Scholars Women of Achievement Newsletters:

  • Summer 2011
  • Spring 2011
  • Winter 2011

Ms. Elizabeth Klimp, University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Klimp

Washington Scholars Class: Class of Summer 2010

Chair Held: Admiral James J. Carey Chair for the Study of National Public Policy

Fellowship Service: Washington Scholars class of 2010

Education: B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania 2007, cum laude; J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law 2010


  • College: National Society of Collegiate Scholars, National Deans List, Phi Alpha
  • Theta Honor Society, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, Nominated and Participated in the NSCS & International Missions Anthropological and Archaeological Study of China in May 2005
  • Graduate School: St. Thomas More Scholarship recipient, CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Property I

Washington Scholars Fellowship Venue: Capital Research Center

Washington Scholars Fellowship Goals & Objectives: Initial goals were to work at a conservative think tank and learn about public policy in Washington, DC. My new goals are to continue to support the Washington Scholars Program and spread awareness of the program to future scholars.

Future Plans: This fall I will begin working with the Community Relations Service of the Department of Justice.

Ms. D’Arcy Steiner, James Madison University

D'Arcy Steiner

Washington Scholars Class: Class of Summer 2010

Chair Held: Michael Freiman Chair for the Study of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Fellowship Service: Assisted with the completion of the Congressional Directory.

Education: James Madison University 2010
B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages with minors in Chinese Business Studies, Asian Studies, and Russian Language
Expected to graduate Summa Cum Laude this December.


  • Panhellenic Council, Vice President of Rho Gammas 2010
  • Delta Gamma, Director of House 2009
  • Phi Beta Kappa member, National Honors Fraternity
  • Phi Sigma Tau member, National Philosophy Honors Fraternity
  • Captain of Kemper Knoll’s Horse Show Team
  • Madison P.R.I.D.E. member, JMU visiting representative to high schools
  • Awarded Tailhook Association Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship for Military Children, Reserve Officers Association Scholarship, Marines Memorial Foundation Scholarship, and Homefront America Scholarship.

Washington Scholars Fellowship Venue: LR. Paris USA

Washington Scholars Fellowship Goals & Objectives: Goals and objectives at the moment include gaining as much experience as possible in the field of Marketing while continuing my education in Russian, French, and Chinese.

Future Plans: Graduate this December and search for a job where my language skills can be of use.

Ms. Laura Clauser, Virginia Tech

Laura Clauser

Washington Scholars Class: Class of Fall 2009

Chair Held: Stephen Hartwell Chair of Legal and Judicial Studies

Fellowship Service: Class President, Fall 2009. Led class to completion of Washington Scholars Scholar Directory

Education: Virginia Tech
Bachelor of Arts: Public and Urban Affairs, May 2007
Masters of Public Administration Candidate
Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Candidate


  • American Planning Association, 2007-2008
  • Student Planning Association at Virginia Tech, 2006-2007
  • People to People Student Ambassador (Australia and New Zealand), 2001
  • Facilitated summer programs for impoverished children in PA, TX, KY, and Mexico, 2000-2004
  • Taught German youth ESL at a camp in Meiringen, Switzerland, 2003
  • Repaired homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi, 2005-2006
  • Educated people living with HIV/AIDS at an assisted living facility in New Orleans, 2005

Washington Scholars Fellowship Venue: The Heritage Foundation, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies

Washington Scholars Fellowship Goals & Objectives: Initial goals were to work at a conservative non-profit, meet enthusiastic young conservative activists, and transition into a full time professional position in donor development and relations at a non-profit. My time as a Washington Scholar at The Heritage Foundation was superbly successful and allowed me to achieve everything I set out to do.

Future Plans: Complete dual master’s degrees in Public Administration and Urban Planning and then future employment in non-profit or government service tackling urban issues.

Ms. Julie Drinkard, Agnes Scott College

Julie Drinkard

Washington Scholars Class: Class of 2009

Chair Held: Brian Phillips Chair for the Study of Communications and Service

Fellowship Service: Washington Scholars class of 2009

Education: Agnes Scott College (c/o 2010) – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an English minor


  • Greensboro Community Service Leadership Award
  • Agnes Scott College Varsity Tennis: Coach’s Award
  • Published articles in News & Record Newspaper and in Citizens United’s newsletters: Leadership Council and CU at a Glance.
  • National Student Leadership Conference participant: Law & Advocacy Program
  • Two week medical mission trip (Summer 2010) to Kenya to provide free medicine and medical care to the most rural and impoverished areas

Washington Scholars Fellowship Venue: Citizens United

Washington Scholars Fellowship Goals & Objectives: As I start volunteering for Future Leaders for America and Washington Scholars Fellowship Program this year, I look forward to offering any service possible to help expand the relationship between these organizations and the Washington area. My personal goal is to find a way for more women to become involved and prosper through the program, while my overall objective is to help nurture a program that has created a promising future for me after college graduation.

Future Plans: Continuing my work as a full-time employee at Citizens United as their Donor Relations Coordinator while actively pursuing options for graduate school.

Ms. Hanna Slomianyj, Meredith College

Hanna Slomianyj

Washington Scholars Class: Class of 2009

Chair Held: The Admiral Carey Chair for the Study of Finance and Fiscal Stability

Fellowship Service: Program Coordinator September 2009-Present. Vice President, Summer 2009 Class. Led class to completion of comprehensive, interactive Congressional Directory

Education: Meredith College
Bachelor of Science: Business Administration, May 2009 (Summa Cum Laude)

Achievements: Wall Street Journal Award for Academic Excellence in the School of Business
Delta Mu Delta, International Honor Society in Business
Kappa Nu Sigma, Junior and Senior School-Wide Honor Society

Washington Scholars Fellowship Venue: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Privacy, Transparency, and Records

Washington Scholars Fellowship Goals & Objectives: Initial goals were to learn about Public Policy in Washington D.C. and gain the skills necessary to transition into a professional setting. Having exceeded those original goals with a position in the federal government, Hanna’s new goals with regards to Washington Scholars include continued fellowship support and expansion and refinement of the mentoring program.

Future Plans: Continuing education and professional growth.

Emily Springer, American University

Emily Springer

Washington Scholars Class: Summer 2009

Chair Held: Stephen P. Hartwell Chair for Research and Communications

Fellowship Service: Marketing Coordinator, September 2009-April 2010; Director of Communications April 2010-Present; Class Co-Social Chair, Summer 2009

Education: BS Health Promotion, American University 2009 (cum laude)

Achievements: Josephine S. Gimble Scholarship (Fall 2007 – Spring 2008), Patriot League Honor Roll 2005-2006, Patriot League Volleyball Champion 2005

Washington Scholars Fellowship Venue: The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), US Department of Health and Human Services

Washington Scholars Fellowship Goals & Objectives: Emily was drawn to the Washington Scholars Fellowship Program for its focus on careers that make impact on a national scale. Initial goals were to gain an understanding of how new and interactive media tools could be utilized to improve information sharing and engagement for federal and non-federal public health stakeholders. She continues to enjoy communicating, connecting, and mentoring with the Washington Scholars family, and hopes to keep drawing more respected young leaders to the program who have similar dedication to starting a career that will make a difference.

Future Plans: Continuing to learn and add to her professional expertise at her new position with Booz Allen Hamilton, working in health and related fields.

Deirdre Green, Boston College

Deirdre Green

Washington Scholars Class: Summer 2008, Summer 2009

Chair Held: Richard Breeswine Chair for Government & Politics (2008), Stuart Bowers Chair for Management & Administration (2009)

Fellowship Service: Event Coordinator, Communications Team September 2009-Present, Class Historian Summer 2008, Summer 2009

Education: Boston College 2009, Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Faith, Peace, and Justice
University College London, Junior Year Abroad, History and European Culture Studies Departments

Achievements: Dean’s List 2005-2009
Special Recognition for Outstanding Research on Business Law II term paper
The PULSE Program, volunteered at a drop in center for at-risk youth in Boston.
The Dance Organization of Boston College Award 2007

Washington Scholars Fellowship Venue: Office of Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-08) (2008), American Land Title Association (2009)

Washington Scholars Fellowship Goals & Objectives: My initial goal in the program was to gain professional experience that would assist me to begin my career. My current goals are to continue to actively promote the program and increase its presence and strength in DC. The program gave me valuable experience as an intern, and I hope to give others similar opportunities.

Future Plans: To continue to pursue professional opportunities in the DC area.

Rebecca Soll, Esq.

Rebecca Soll, Esq.

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The Admiral Carey Foundation Management Team

Will Brooks
Mr. Will Brooks
Director of Long Range Philanthropy
Admiral Carey Foundation
Jason Nguyen
Mr. Jason Nguyen
Director of Programs
Admiral Carey Foundation
Ms. Hanna Slomianyj
Ms. Hanna Slomianyj
Director of Women's Programs
Admiral Carey Foundation