In his first year on the staff of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C., Clinton School alumnus Fernando Cutz (’12) has been awarded USAID’s Meritorious Honor Award.
The award is given to individuals or groups in recognition of outstanding service and performance and comes with a cash stipend. It was presented to Cutz Tuesday in a ceremony at agency headquarters.
Cutz, who was awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship at USAID after graudating in 2012 from the Clnton School, was recognized for both his work related to a project in the Middle East and for recommending taxpayer savings of more than $170,000 in relation to activities associated with the United Nations General Assembly.
A native of Coral Springs, Fla., and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Cutz worked with Village Outreach Project in Shirati, Tanzania, for his Clinton School international project.
For his Capstone, he worked with the Office of U.S. Senator Mark Pryor to analyze the impact of community block grants on police and firefighter departments in the state of Arkansas. Cutz served as student body president at the Clinton School from 2010 to 2012.