Story posted March 18, 2010
Bowdoin senior Jamie Nadeau has been selected for a Princeton in Africa Fellowship, an opportunity that has traditionally been offered only to Princeton graduates. This year, and for the first time in its 10-year history, the fellowship program expanded its applicant pool to non-Princeton students.
Nadeau is the first Bowdoin student to be selected for a Princeton in Africa fellowship, which places recent college graduates with non-governmental and grassroots organizations across the continent.
Since 1999, more than 200 fellows have served in 28 counties and have worked in everything from public health and education to disaster relief and microfinance.
Nadeau has been selected for a fellowship in Lusaka, Zambia, and will be working for 10-11 months for the Kucetekela Foundation.
The small, grassroots organization was founded by a former Princeton in Africa fellow and provides scholarships, and mentoring and tutoring services to promising, low-income Zambian youths.
The Princeton in Africa Fellowship was announced and supported by the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good.
Check out the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good Web site, offering continuously updated content regarding community service opportunities, a schedule of events and other happenings.
"I am honored and excited to have been granted this opportunity," Nadeau says.
"This is an experience that my study abroad program in Cape Town did not fully provide — the chance to work full-time toward a tangible cause, to make a substantial and sustainable impact upon a community."
Throughout his time at Bowdoin, Nadeau, a government and legal studies major, has been actively involved in the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good, volunteering with the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Portland, coordinating the 10th annual Common Good Day, attending and planning Alternative Spring Break trips to Guatemala City, and serving as the president of the Bowdoin Volunteer Corps.
"I am eager to explore questions of poverty and educational in Zambia, to grow independently and professionally, and most importantly, to learn what it takes to enact real change in a community."
Nadeau leaves in late July.
Read more about Nadeau and the fellowship in The Bowdoin Orient.