Willamette student chosen for public policy fellowship in Michigan

Reynaldo Goicochea ’13, a Spanish and rhetoric and media studies major at Willamette University, was chosen from a pool of nationwide applicants to attend the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program this summer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

“Earning this fellowship is a dream come true,” says Goicochea, who intends to pursue his master’s degree in public policy. “It is a tremendous opportunity for me, and for my family, because it means I will be able to further my education in ways that otherwise would not have been possible.”

During the seven-week program, Goicochea will complete coursework designed to improve his communication and quantitative reasoning skills. He will also attend professional development workshops to learn about fellowships and the graduate school application process.

Modeling Willamette’s motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born,” Goicochea is dedicated to community service. He’s participated in the “Reach out and Read” program in Salem, which promotes literacy to children in hospital waiting rooms, and he’s mentored a Salem primary student for three years.

Goicochea is president of the Newman Club, Willamette’s Catholic ministry, and he serves on the advisory board for the Lilly Project — a university program that helps students find their vocational calling. He’s interned as a translator for Oregon’s secretary of state, and through his tutoring job at the Salem Family Literacy Center, Goicochea now helps Spanish-speaking community members earn their GED.

For more information on the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program and other scholarships, see the Office of Student Academic Grants and Awards.