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by Vault Education Editors | March 16, 2010

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The Robertson family has created a multimillion dollar scholarship for graduate students pursuing a career in public service. The new Robertson Foundation for Government will offer financial support to grad students who agree to work in the federal government (e.g., federal agencies, U.S. Department of State, etc.) for three years within five years after graduation. The scholarship is designed to encourage master's students to use their education in public service and consider government work as a career.

The Robertson family is best known to this editor as the donator behind Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In 2002, the Robertson heirs sued Princeton for misuse of the funds because Woody Woo graduates were not pursuing careers in public service. The suit was settled in 2009. According to one recent Princeton graduate, the law suit didn't affect the student body and the types of students interested in the Woodrow Wilson School remained largely the same.

Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

The new Robertson Foundation for Government will presumably pick up where the Woodrow Wilson School left off. The foundation will partner with four or five universities to select eight Robertson Fellows for the upcoming academic year. None of these partner universities will be in the Ivy League.

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