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High school is a time to dive deep into the fundamentals. Students are focused on such things as American history, biology, and classic literature. But some have a hunger to take their learning to the next level. They want to know how they can make a difference in the world and what skills they need to do so, especially given the competitive nature of the current workforce.
That is where the Albrecht Fellowship for high school students comes into play. This World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) fellowship is open to any sophomore, junior, senior, or recent graduate considering a career that spans the globe, such as being a diplomat working for a multinational company, or joining a nonprofit organization with a global mission. Program participants are called Albrecht Fellows and become part of a robust network of like-minded peers at the high school and college levels.
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Sessions are led by business leaders and other experts from the WTCI network, all of whom are affiliated with Mid-Atlantic entities that work globally – such as The Institute of Marine Environmental Technology, Mindgrub, Soccer Without Borders, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. Check out the 2022 program and see the cadre of speakers from previous years.
When it was time for her to think about opportunities after High School, she wanted to explore all of the options. Coming from a military family, the United States Air Force seemed like a natural fit. But a guidance counselor honed in on her passion for helping others and an interest in politics and suggested the Youth Diplomats program.
Approximately 30 fellows are selected for the fellowship each year. Applicants must be curious, engaged, and open to diverse perspectives, interested in finding solutions to local and global challenges, and able to attend all sessions. The program fee is $495. Some scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Applications for the 2024 cohort are due by November 15th.
- Zen Gordon of Baltimore Polytechnic School, 2021 Albrecht Fellow
The idea to create the fellowship program came from Baltimore icon Dr. James Albrecht. The program marries two of his lifelong interests: youth education and global business. Bringing those interests together under the umbrella of WTCI was natural, as Dr. Albrecht has been involved with the organization for more than three decades. He was a member of the first WTCI Board of Directors.
McCormick & Company
Princeton University, School of Public and International Affairs
Bowe Stewart Foundation;
CEO (retired), Ellicott Dredges
As CEO of Ellicott Dredges, Bowe helped the company grow from one facility to five, in four countries, and selling in over 50. To achieve this, his team leveraged Ellicott’s reputation, starting with having built all the dredges used in the original construction of the Panama Canal, along with multiple acquisitions of complementary dredge brands serving different market sectors. For private sector work he was selected as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and SmartCEO Magazine CEO of the Year for Baltimore.
He has served on both for-profit boards and not-for-profit boards. He and his wife Barbara Stewart founded the Peter Bowe and Barbara Stewart Foundation which funds organizations that work to strengthen civic education and to close the opportunity gap. The Foundations primary focus is increasing understanding and appreciation of our American civic heritage. He also founded the WTCI Bowe Fellowship.
Peter received his undergraduate degree from Yale College and his MBA from Harvard University.
Executive in Residence
Brant Matthews is responsible for creating and directing worldwide procurement strategies and programs for raw materials, packaging materials, ingredients, commodities, services and non-inventory items. His global team was responsible for the development and application of procurement strategy, standardization of sourcing processes and systems, establishment and sharing of best practices and global procurement talent management. Before joining McCormick, Brant was source strategy lead for Johnson & Johnson, where he was responsible for creating, aligning and deploying functional strategy in conjunction with the company’s supply chain transformation. His 22-year career with the company included positions in manufacturing, quality assurance, external manufacturing and procurement at various operating companies in the United States, Belgium and Switzerland.
Principal Associate of Interntional Development
Head of Global Brand Marketing
T. Rowe Price
Sylvia Toense is a Vice President at T. Rowe Price. Mrs. Toense is the Global Head of Institutional Marketing for T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services, the organization responsible for the firm’s institutional business worldwide.
Sylvia has extensive experience in a range of marketing initiatives including strategic planning, branding, advertising, research, creative, and client communications. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, she held various marketing roles at Legg Mason including director of marketing for the private client business before it was sold to Citigroup/Smith Barney and more recently director of corporate marketing. Previously, she held marketing and investor relations positions at Dynex Financial and its predecessor firms, as well as the Nasdaq Stock Market.
Sylvia has an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Business – Finance concentration from Johns Hopkins University and attended the Securities Industry Institute at The Wharton School.
T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. has over 60 years of investment management experience with US$400 billion in assets under management for institutional and individual investors worldwide as of 31 December 2007.
T. Rowe Price is focused exclusively on investment management and related services. It is a publicly traded company on NASDAQ and included in the S&P 500 Index. It has offices in Amsterdam, Baltimore, Buenos Aires, Colorado Springs, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tampa, Toronto and Tokyo.
Baltimore City Public Schools
The Albrecht Fellowship is sponsored by: