Hervé Thomas, Payne Fellow 2013
"Over the last year, I learned a lot about our namesake and I am honored to be one of USAID's two inaugural Payne International Development Fellows. I am inspired by late Congressman Payne's advocacy against genocide and on behalf of poor communities."
Jacob Morrin, Payne Fellow 2013
“The USAID FSO I met with was doing work similar to what I was doing as a Peace Corps Volunteer, but on a much grander scale. I knew then what I wanted to study in graduate school and what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.”
Taylor Adams, Payne Fellow 2013
“I am grateful for the opportunity the Payne Fellowship has given me. It is an incredibly supportive program that is investing in creating quality public servants. Becoming a USAID FSO will allow me to face complex challenges and be of service around the world. I am excited to begin this journey.”
Anthony Medeiros, Payne Fellow 2014
"The experience in Sikkim showed me that poverty not only causes suffering in the present, but also makes communities more vulnerable to losing what little property they already have. Poverty and the distribution of land and natural resources drive conflict, and land tenure interventions can go a long way in preventing it. USAID's Foreign Service is a unique opportunity to dedicate my career to serving vulnerable communities as they face problems like these."