Three Monterey Institute graduates, Anne-Claire Benoit (MPA ’12), Kathleen Gordon (MPA ’12), and Bill Reinecke (MBA ’10) are on their way to one-year assignments in Africa as Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Fellows. Hundreds of qualified people apply annually to this highly coveted and prestigious fellowship, but no other graduate school is as well represented as the Monterey Institute.
One of the best crops of the spring for Monterey Institute students and their many faculty and staff supporters on campus is the thick envelopes announcing awards for fellowships and scholarships that arrive in the mail this time of year. The yield for 2013 was remarkable!
The following Monterey Institute students will continue research in their chosen fields via the highly competitive and prestigious Fulbright scholarships:
For Elizabeth Reid (MAIPS '11) the most meaningful outcome of her Fulbright experience was an unexpected one.
"One of my Fulbright colleagues made the observation that the Fulbright program is not about saving the world, but about sharing the world," Elizabeth said. "I think this has been particularly apt in my case."
The moment I stepped onto Tobacco Caye, I felt like I had found a small slice of paradise. The vibrant, yet small fishing community off the southern coast of Belize is amazingly beautiful and astounding.
Working at a non-profit providing legal aid to the impoverished in his native Pakistan, Amir Murtaza (MAIPS ’07) saw how poor women and their children were treated socially and to some extent also legally, as second-class citizens. He set out to study the marginalized in developing countries where patriarchal and feudal systems often worked to the disadvantage of the most vulnerable. “I was lucky to have had a great education and a supportive family,” says Amir, who set out to do his part to give a voice to and improve the lives of the disenfranchised.
Entrepreneur, Community Supported Fishery Champion
Program: International Environmental Policy (2010)
Specialization: Marine Policy
Undergrad: University of California, Santa Cruz (USCS)
Six students from the Monterey Institute will receive U.S. Fulbright scholarship awards for the 2012-2013 academic year, the most in the Institute’s 57-year history. This surpasses last year's record of five, which had MIIS students landing more U.S. Fulbrights on a per capita basis than every top-ten school in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, with a higher applicant success rate than all but one of these leading schools. A seventh Fulbright applicant from the Monterey Institute is an alternate and may still be selected.
Rhiannon’s fellowship year focused on studying Mongolian language at the National University of Mongolia’s School of Mongolian Language and Culture. In addition to language studies, Rhiannon worked on her own research project evaluating the environmental aspects of Mongolia’s Minerals Law.
The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program at the Monterey Institute is known for producing leaders in language learning across the globe.
"MIIS really does produce experts in this sort of thing," said Matt Robinson (MATESOL '08). "It’s rewarding to recognize how much you really do know about this sort of thing when you are out there."