November 17, 2008
Dear Mr. Larsen,
I am honored to be the recipient of the William Shelton Fellowship to attend the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Because of your generosity, I am able to devote myself completely to my coursework at one of the best public policy programs in the nation without financial worry.
I chose to attend the Evans School for multiple reasons, including its world-class faculty, diverse and talented student body, and their commitment to sustainable policy development and public management. That said, my concerns about leaving my job for a full-time masters program required a substantial financial commitment for which I was unprepared. Receiving a fellowship to attend the Evans School quelled this apprehension, but more importantly impelled me to make the most significant academic and career decision of my life.
While at the Evans School, I plan on focusing my studies on economic and urban policy. Additionally, I intend to take multiple cost-benefit analysis courses to supplement these foci. Although I have yet to decide on a career after graduation, I plan to create and advocate sustainable policies that promote positive change in my community. The quantitative and analytical skills I will gain at the Evans School will surely lead me towards this goal.
Thus far, my experiences at the Evans School have been significantly valuable and rewarding. I have excelled in my coursework, met and befriended an array of fascinating and motivated people, and gained indispensable knowledge from my professors. Although early in my program, I know that I belong at the Evans School. Your faith in my success expressed through your fellowship has only increased this sense of belonging.
Again, thank you for your support and commitment to my future academic and professional success.
Adam T. Buick
MPA Candidate 2010
The Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
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