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University of Portland graduates and students receive numerous prestigious scholarships

Several students and alumni from the University of Portland have recently been awarded prestigious grants and scholarships from organizations across the world. The University, which has been recognized as a national leader in Fulbright scholarships for undergraduate alumni, provides opportunities for students to apply for and receive a wide variety of grants and scholarships that encourage further scholarship, cross-cultural learning, leadership, and community service.

In addition to the six Fulbright grants awarded to 2012 UP alumni, other grants and scholarships won by UP students and alumni in 2012 include Austrian-American Educational Commission English Teaching Assistantships, French Government Teaching Assistants, Gilman Scholarships, Saint André Fellowship, Krista Colleagues, and a Focus the Nation “rising young leader.”

To learn more about scholarship opportunities available to University of Portland students, please visit the website for the Office of Fellowships and Grants:

Austrian-American Educational Commission English Teaching Assistantship
Recent alumna Mary Dolan O’Brien of Minneapolis, Minn., Jocelyne LaFortune of Longmont, Colo., Holly Duffy of Cosmopolis, Wash., Bianca McCluskey of Seattle, and Jessica Marsh of Sunnyvale, Calif., won Austrian-American Educational Commission English Teaching Assistantships, although McCluskey and Marsh have chosen to accept a Fulbright award instead.

Since 1963, Austrian-American Educational Commission – which is affiliated with the Fulbright Grant Program – has provided college and university graduates with the opportunity to work as teaching assistants in secondary schools across Austria. Through this program, teaching assistants not only enhance the instruction of English from a linguistic perspective; they are also valuable resources for first-hand information about the "American way of life" and representatives of the United States.

French Government Teaching Assistant Program
Four recent alumna received spots in the Teaching Assistant Program in France. Halina Lukoskie of Vashon, Wash., Sarah Kries of Spokane, Wash., Elly Thompson of Salem, Ore., and Jessica Marsh of Sunnyvale, Calif, who all graduated in 2012, each received a French Government Teaching Award to teach English at primary and high schools in France or in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion during next year.

The Teaching Assistant Program in France is a joint initiative of the French Ministry of Education, the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) and the Cultural Services Department of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. Its goal is to strengthen English-language instruction in the French educational system through the establishment of a native speaker presence. The program also provides future teachers of French in the United States with excellent teaching experience and first-hand knowledge of French language and culture.

Gilman Scholarship
Three students have been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

The recipients of the Gilman Scholarship from UP are:

Mikayla Posey, from Kingman, Ariz., who will be studying in Salzburg, Austria next year. Posey, a sophomore communication studies major and a German Studies minor, is involved with the German and French culture clubs, as well as the student group FISH on campus. She is also an active as a tutor on campus and in the community.

Morgan Rapazo, from Hilo, Hawaii, who will be studying abroad in London this summer. Rapazo, a junior business major, is involved with Hawaii Club and intramural volleyball during the school year. A transfer student at the University, Rapazo will graduate at 19 years old.

Tai White-Toney, from Salem, Ore., who studied abroad for a semester in Fremantle, Australia this past Spring semester. White-Toney is a junior environmental science major.

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range of public and private institutions from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs.

Krista Colleagues
Three recent alumna have been accepted into the Krista Colleagues program through The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship. Teresa Cutter, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Madie Padon, of Spokane, Wash., and Alissa White of Ketchikan, Alaska, have been provided with a service and leadership grant. All 2012 graduates, Cutter, Padon, and White received a $1000 Service and Leadership Development grant during commissioning this past May at the Krista Foundation conference.

Each year, Krista Colleagues are selected through nominations from university professors and civic leaders. Fifteen Krista Colleagues have been selected this year from California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and will serve for a year in locations across the globe. Cutter is serving in Peru, Padon in Uganda, and White in Honduras.

Krista Colleagues serve 'in the field' with established service organizations such as Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Americorps, or Peace Corps. Before, during, and for years after their assignment, the Krista Colleagues engage with our Foundation programs in service ethics trainings and intercultural, faith, and leadership development opportunities.

At the 2012 Krista Foundation conference, 2008 UP alumna and Krista Colleague Ingrid Hannan lead a workshop on “Growing Service Leadership: Rooted for Life.”

Saint André Fellowship
2012 graduate Taylor Bergmann, of Portland, has been awarded a 2012-2013 Saint André Fellowship with Saint André Bessette Catholic Church, a Holy Cross parish in Portland that serves the most marginalized members of society. Bergmann, who graduated this past year with majors in history and political science and a minor in entrepreneurship, will work as an immersion coordinator for the parish.

Bergmann will be providing and leading day-long retreats for local university and high school students interested in learning about urban poverty issues. He will also be responsible for staffing the Morning Hospitality program and overseeing the Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance program.

During his time at the University, Bergmann worked with the Moreau Center for Service and Leadership on several service-learning trips. He also traveled to Kenya through the Moreau Center’s East Africa Initiative to work with Kakamega Environmental Education. This past year he also traveled to China as part of the Entrepreneurial Scholars program.

Bergmann is the founder of the new non-profit organization Lagom, which aims to provide a meaningful and positive impact on Kenyan communities. He was also the second recipient of the Molly Hightower Memorial Scholarship.

Focus the Nation
Recent alumnus Dan Browne ‘11 was selected as one of the nation’s top rising young leaders in clean energy by national organization Focus the Nation.

In August, Browne will join nineteen other students in a retreat, which is meant to bring together dedicated individuals who are passionate about increasing green energy in the United States.

Browne, from San Diego, Calif., studied environmental science and chemistry at the University. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in biochemistry at Texas A&M. Browne is an alumnus of Focus the Nation’s Forums-to-Action program, which helps students increase their energy literacy and develop leadership skills through clean energy projects. Through Forums-to-Action Browne started UP’s campus biodiesel initiative. Browne was also the student organizer of the 2011 Focus the Nation event on campus.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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