Class Projects & Fellowships

The Class of 1960 fellowship programs represent a unique collective accomplishment and one that forms an important part of our legacy to Yale. Over the past quarter century our three Class-based fellowship programs – The Les Aspin ’60 International Public Service Fellowship, The Branford College Class of 1960 Summer Fellowship, and The Class of 1960 John Heinz Government Service Fellowship – together have supported nearly 200 Yale undergraduates with awards totalling some $580,000. Many of these awardees later recall their fellowship experience as formative not only of their educa-tion at Yale but also of their later careers. We can be justifiably proud of this enduring gift to Yale, and of our growing community of Aspin, Branford and Heinz awardees.

Today, these programs continue to thrive and develop in ways that make them even more meaningful both to our student awardees and to our Class, and more valuable to Yale. In 2010 the Yale Alumni Association honored them with its Outstanding Student Engagement Award. Recent initiatives, such as our all fellowships program on campus in 2012, the periodic Aspin fellowship awardee gatherings and newsletter, and the fellowships panel just presented at our 55th reunion all have added value to the fellowship experience and contributed to its continued vitality.

Looking to the future, we have begun a partnership with the Class of 1986 for the purpose of extending this legacy beyond the life of our Class. Our aim is to transfer responsibility for these fellowship programs to ’86 by the time of our 60th reunion. As part of this arrangement, members of the Class of 1986 already have begun to participate in all three fellowship committees.

Class of ’60 Summer Fellowships brochure

CURRENT FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

ASPIN FELLOWSHIP
Charles A. Schmitz, Chair James W. Trowbridge
Owen Cylke Gary F. Eisenberg, ’86
Douglas C. Guiler Caroline Fredrickson, ’86
Harry N. Mazadoorian William Monohan, ’86
Fred I. Steele
BRANFORD FELLOWSHIP
Michael D. Griffin, Chair Carrie C. Reynolds, ’86
Clinton C. Brooks Joanna Riesman, ’86
Emory W. Clark Richard T. Roberts, ’86
Peter K. Dickinson
HEINZ FELLOWSHIP
Peter S. Knudsen, Chair Thomas M. Yamin
Allison B. Durfee Susan Berenson, ’86
G. F. Robert Hanke John A. Coleman, Jr., ’86
Jon Baker, ’86

The Les Aspin ’60 International Public Service Fellowship
2017 Aspin committee report
2016 Aspin fellowship announcements
2016 Aspin committee report
2015 Aspin committee report
Reports of 2015 Aspin fellowship awardees
2014 Report

The Branford College Class of 1960 Summer Fellowship
Reports of 2016 Branford fellowship awardees
2015 Branford committee report
Reports of 2015 Branford fellowship awardees

The Class of 1960 John Heinz Government Service Fellowship
2017 Heinz committee report
Reports of 2016 Heinz fellowship awardees
2016 Heinz committee report
2015 Heinz committee report
Reports of 2015 Heinz fellowship awardees


BRANFORD FELLOWSHIP AWARD PROJECT PUBLISHED

Keats
In 2013 Branford College Junior Eli Mandel was awarded a Branford Summer Fellowship to recreate the 642 mile trek undertaken by John Keats 195 years earlier, in the summmer of 1818. Mandel’s reflections on his experience recently have been made available in ebook and audiobook form, and soon will be followed by a print version.


Heinz Awardee Mason Ji Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Please note: the following article is republished from Yale News with permission.

Bound for study in Britain: Three Yalies win 2016 Rhodes Scholarships

By Elizabeth Connolly Martell

Three Yale students were chosen to be members of the class of 2016 Rhodes Scholars.

Jared C. Milfred, Isaac M. Stanley-Becker, and Mason Y. Ji were among the 32 chosen for the coveted scholarship from a pool of 869 applicants nominated by 316 colleges and universities in a nationwide competition.

Rhodes Scholarships, which are among the most prestigious awards for international study, were created in 1902 at the bequest of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. The award provides all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England to those students who best exemplify “academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness and leadership potential.”

The Rhodes Scholarship winners are:

Jared C. Milfred

Jared C. Milfred

Jared C. Milfred ’16 majors in ethics, politics, and economics. He has combined research in political theory and political science with a passion for social justice advocacy and campaign finance reform. He founded the nonpartisan student advocacy organizations Democracy United, serves as the chief executive of the National Council of City Public Financing Agencies, and chairs the City of New Haven Campaign Finance Board. Milfred worked as a speechwriter for U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and is editor-in-chief of Yale’s Journal of Political Thought, as well as the ethics editor of the Yale Philosophy Review. He volunteers as an EMT for Yale Emergency Medical Services and as a reader for blind students at Yale’s Office on Disabilities. At age 17, Milfred became the youngest licensed nuclear reactor operator in the United States. He will pursue an M.Phil. in political theory at Oxford.

Stanley Becker

Stanley Becker

Isaac M. Stanley-Becker ’16 majors in history. He is writing his senior essay on industrial transformation and civil disobedience in the port city of New London, Connecticut. Stanley-Becker is an award-winning journalist and an historian of modern urban society. He served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News and interned at the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Stanley-Becker also founded the Hillhouse High Journalism Project to teach journalism to New Haven public high school students. He enjoys spending summers working on the docks and hauling lobster traps on an island off the coast of Maine. At Oxford, he intends to complete an M.Phil. in economic and social history.

Mason Ji

Mason Ji

Mason Y. Ji is a senior at Yale, majoring in global affairs. He studied abroad at Peking University, where he took all his international relations classes in Chinese with native students at the university’s School of International Studies. His senior thesis explores how deepened East-West dialogue has given rise to multicultural dispute resolution mechanisms. Mason was also, at age 18, the youngest United Nations delegate, and adviser to the Mission of the Republic of the Seychelles. A Udall Scholar, he co-authored a document that influenced the 2014 U.S.-China joint statement on climate change. He has interned at the White House and for one of China’s largest law firms, is a competitive table tennis player in the United States and China, and is principal oboe for the Yale Concert Band. He plans to seek an M.Phil. in international relations at Oxford.


Aspin Alumni Network Newsletter & Summer Gathering

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Such outcomes are what committee members had hoped for during the March interviews and selection process. Association with such a worthwhile summer fellowship program should please our classmates from 1960 and from the class of 1986.

Since last March, we on the committee discovered that students searching on the Yale site for summer fellowships in national security, politics, defense, or international policy would not easily find the Aspin Fellowship. While the descriptive information was on the site, it was not located where a student searching on those key words would find it. Our chairman has seen that this is corrected for students applying for 2016 summer projects. We hope that this change will expand the applicants interested in these Aspin Fellowship topics.

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