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University of South Carolina announces Lexington High alum is Pickering Graduate Fellowship winner

Lexington, SC - The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs is excited to announce that senior Adriana Bowman, a graduate of Lexington High School and a student at the university, has been named one of 30 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship recipients in the nation.

The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University.The program is meant to attract students interested in a career in foreign service with the U.S. Department of State. The fellowship provides internships with the State Department as well as two years of funding to students as they pursue master’s degrees.

Bowman is a senior in the South Carolina Honors College, where she majors in economics and minors in Chinese and political science. She is an Opportunity Scholar and Ronald E. McNair Scholar, as well as a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and the Critical Language Scholarship, both for study in China. Previously a 2018 finalist for the Pickering Fellowship, she was also named a 2018 finalist for the Payne International Development Fellowship and a 2019 finalist for the Rangel Fellowship.

Bowman is currently in India on a yearlong Boren Scholarship studying Hindi as part of the South Asian Flagship Language Initiative. She is spending a semester at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Jaipur, India, followed by a semester at Christ University in Bangalore, India. She plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh for graduate school and become a United States Foreign Service Officer.

Bowman and others seeking national fellowships are assisted by the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs. For more information about the Pickering Fellowship, contact the office by phone at 803-777-0958, online at or on Facebook at @UofSCOFSP.

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