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Ten Students Awarded Public Interest Career Fund Fellowships

Story posted April 14, 2004

Ten Bowdoin College students have been awarded Public Interest Career Fund Summer Fellowships from the College.

The fellowships are awarded each year to Bowdoin students who are committed to social service and social justice, and will enable them to do summer internships with non-profit organizations that serve the needs of underserved and disadvantaged populations.

The following students are the fellowship recipients:

Lakia Crawford '06 of Springfield, Mass. Crawford will work for the Georgia Justice Project in Atlanta, an organization that assists past criminals in turning their lives around. Her work will involve participating in legal, social service, and administrative aspects of the organization, and include legal research and case investigation.

Brian Fitzgibbons '05 of Bridgewater, Mass. Fitzgibbons will work at Our Daily Bread in Taunton, Mass., an organization he calls more than "just a soup kitchen" - it's a place that provides food, aid, and counseling to the poor, elderly, mentally ill and addicted. Fitzgibbons will perform many tasks, from cooking to fundraising and training.

Nicole Hart '06 of Lincolnville, Maine. Hart will work at New Hope for Women in Rockland, Maine, an organization working to end domestic violence. Hart is committed to educating communities and young people about this issue, and her internship will find her working in the school-based program to evaluate needs and develop curriculum.

Meaghan Kennedy '06 of Manchester, N.H. Kennedy will work for Child Health Services in Manchester, N.H., which provides primary and specialty pediatric care to low-income families. Kennedy, who has a drive to help the underserved and a goal of becoming a pediatrician, will be given substantial responsibilities within the organization's Child Development Clinic, Community-based Care Coordination, and Neuromotor Clinic.

Ole Kersten '05 of Lower Saxony, Germany. Kersten will coordinate an educational development project at Colegio La Gran Esperanza Internacional in San Jose, Costa Rica. Kersten, who is planning a career teaching English, Spanish and physical education, will teach English in rural zones of Costa Rica, give recreational workshops in the schools, and establish a volunteer teaching program.

Three students will work for Safe Passage (Camino Seguro) in Antigua, Guatemala. Safe Passage, founded by Hanley Denning '92, assists children of families working at the Guatemala City garbage dump move beyond their poverty in a dignified and permanent way through education. Sarah Mountcastle '05 of Orono, Maine will provide classroom assistance, as well as launch a pen pal program between the students of Safe Passage and students in Maine. Ramona Pina '05 of Boston, Mass., will implement a playwriting program for kids to help the children develop public speaking skills, confidence, and creativity. She also plans to serve as a mentor to adolescent girls. Robin Trangsrud '06 of Minnetonka, Minn. will both teach and learn the administrative side of running a non-profit organization. She will participate in grant writing and research, sponsorship, volunteer coordination, and public relations and outreach.

Elizabeth Nells '05 of Albany, N.Y. Nells will work for Volunteers of America/Northern New England in Brunswick, Maine, focusing on adult, youth and family corrections programs. Nells has an eye toward a career in criminal justice advocacy, and will work at Camp P.O.S.T.C.A.R.D. (Police Officers Striving to Create and Reinforce Dreams), Windham Correctional Facility (for Words Travel), and the Mentor Assisted Community Service.

Chengsi Xie '07 of Changsha, Hunan, Peoples Republic of China. Xie will work for ProLiteracy Worldwide of Syracuse, N.Y., the world's largest independent provider of adult education services. Xie's internship would involve working with one of ProLiteracy's partners in Sichuan province, China. Xie will help promote the status of rural women, improving their quality of life and economic status through education and small business efforts.

Bowdoin College's Public Interest Career Fund Summer Fellowship was established in 1996 with funds generously contributed by an anonymous donor. Each fellow receives a $3,500 stipend, and will work between 350 and 400 hours during the internship.

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